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Diane E. Courselle
Director, Defender Aid Program
Winston S. Howard Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., Fordham University (1987), cum laude
J.D., Loyola University School of Law (1991), magna cum laude
Diane Courselle joined the faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Defender Aid Program in July 1998, and was then hired as a regular member of the faculty. She is currently a Professor of Law and Director of the Defender Aid Program.
After graduating from law school in 1991, Professor Courselle clerked for Judge Henry A. Mentz of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and then for Judge Henry A. Politz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She then served as an attorney with the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City. She has also been a visiting assistant professor at the Loyola College of Law in New Orleans.
Courselle's primary areas of teaching and scholarship are criminal law and procedure. She directs the College of Law's Defender Aid Program, a clinical program in which third-year law students represent indigent defendants in criminal appeals and other post-conviction matters. She also teaches Criminal Adjudication and Federal Courts, and previously has taught Property, Legal Writing, and a seminar on Gender and the Law.
Professor Courselle is currently working on articles related to comparative sentencing policy and the ethical obligations of appointed counsel. She has been a frequent presenter in CLE programs and national conferences on such subjects as military tribunals, effective oral argument, and practice in rural communities.
Criminal Adjudication, Criminal Law, Defender Aid Program, and Federal Courts
Affiliations, Associations, Consultation:
- Co-counsel, Lawrence v. Florida, 127 S. Ct. 1079 (2007)
- Court-Appointed Amicus Counsel, U.S. v. Hernandez, 10th Cir. (2001), regarding admissibility of expert testimony on handwriting identification
- ABA Criminal Justice Section: Defense Function Committee and Re-Entry and Collateral Consequences Committee
- Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, Board of Directors; involved in legislative efforts leading to passage of Wyoming's Post-Conviction DNA Statute and in development of innocence-related externship program at University of Wyoming College of Law