Richard Rosen

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  • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1976)
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University (1969)

Following his graduation from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law, Rich Rosen worked for three years as a staff attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. In 1980 he returned to Chapel Hill as the first supervising attorney in the Criminal Law Clinic. Rosen served as director of the school's clinical programs for over fifteen years and also as associate dean for skills programs and as senior associate dean. Rosen has taught ethics for criminal lawyers, criminal law, criminal procedure: investigation, lawyering process, and seminars in judicial sentencing and capital punishment. Rosen received a Fulbright Fellowship for the 1995-96 academic year, under which he taught at the University of Asmara, Eritrea, and subsequently served as a consultant to the Eritrean Ministry of Justice involved in drafting new Codes of Criminal Procedure and Penal Law for Eritrea. He has written in the areas of criminal law and capital punishment, and helped found the law school's Innocence and Capital Punishment projects.

Selected Publications

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  • CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CODE OF THE STATE OF ERITREA (with M. Ganzglass and P. Healy) (draft in progress for Ministry of Justice of the State of Eritrea).
  • A Tribute to Professor Michelle Robertson, 84 NC. L. REV. 1085 (2006). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Reflections on Innocence, 2006 WIS. L. REV. 237. [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Innocence and Death, 82 N.C. L. REV. 61 (2003).
  • Theory in Practice: Code Drafting in Eritrea, 27 N.C. J. INTL. L. & COM. REG. 67 (2001). [Lexis/Nexis]
  • The Statutory Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements After Two and a Half Years:  Has it Changed the Law? Has it Achieved What Congress Intended?, 76 WASH. U. L.Q. 645 (1998). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Constitutional Process, Constitutionalism, and the Eritrean Experience, 24 N.C. J. INT'L L. & COM. REG. 263 (1999). [Lexis/Nexis]
  • PENAL CODE OF THE STATE OF ERITREA, FINAL DRAFT (with M. Ganzglass and P. Healy) (Address before the Ministry of Justice of the State of Eritrea, 1999).
  • The Eritrean Constitutional Process: An Interview With Dr. Bereket Habte Selassie, 3 ERITREAN STUD. REV. 139 (1999).
  • Lawyers, Arbitrariness, and the Eighth Amendment (with L. Bilionis), 75 TEX. L. REV. 1301 (1997). [Lexis/Nexis]
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