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Kimberly Ferzan

Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law, Camden; Co-Director of the Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1995
B.A., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1991

Kimberly Ferzan teaches courses and seminars on criminal law and evidence. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy, an associate graduate faculty member in the New Brunswick Philosophy Department, and co-editor in chief of Law and Philosophy. Ferzan is also on the editorial boards of Legal Theory and Criminal Law and Philosophy.

Ferzan received the campus-wide Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010, and she was selected as Professor of the Year by the Classes of 2004 and 2010. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois and University of Pennsylvania Law Schools. For the academic year 2012-13, Ferzan was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton's University Center for Human Values.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2000, Ferzan clerked for Judge Marvin Katz in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and then worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section, investigating and prosecuting criminal offenses committed by federal, state and local officials. She also served as a special assistant U,S, attorney in the District of Columbia.

Ferzan is the author of numerous articles, and the co-author of Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press), with Larry Alexander and Stephen Morse. Her paper, "Beyond Crime and Commitment," was selected for the 2013 American Philosophical Association's Berger Memorial Prize, for the best paper written in law and philosophy for the prior two years, and her paper, "Beyond Intention," was selected for the 2006 Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum in the category of criminal law. She received the Second Annual Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in 2012.

Ferzan is currently an adviser to the ALI Model Penal Code project redrafting the sexual offenses provisions. She served on the New Jersey Supreme Court's Standing Committee on Evidence for 2009-11. Ferzan has been a chair for the AALS sections on jurisprudence and scholarship and was an adviser for the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners in Torts and Evidence from 2000 to 2005.


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