Professor Maggie Wittlin joined the law faculty in 2016. Her research focuses on evidence, criminal and civil procedure, intellectual property, and law and behavioral sciences. She uses theoretical, mathematical, and empirical methods to study how legal actors—judges, jurors, and lawyers, as well as citizens subject to laws—should and do make decisions.
Before joining the Law College faculty, Professor Wittlin was an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School. Prior to that, she practiced at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, focusing on patent litigation. She clerked for the Honorable Raymond J. Lohier, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Professor Wittlin received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Cultural Cognition Project and a Coker Fellow. She received her B.S. in Physics from Yale University and worked as a science writer before law school.
Civil Procedure 516/G-517/G
An introduction to the organization of the federal and state courts, principles for determining jurisdiction, and procedural rules for civil cases. Topics include pleading, discovery, summary judgment, procedure in both jury and nonjury trials, post-trial motions, appellate review, and preclusion doctrine.
An examination of the rules and doctrines that regulate the presentation of proof at trial, with a focus on the Federal Rules of Evidence. We will begin by studying the key concepts of “relevance” and “prejudice.” The course will then cover topics including character evidence, the impeachment of witnesses, the rule against hearsay and its many exceptions, the Confrontation Clause, expert evidence, and privileges. Students will practice applying the Rules by working through problems in and out of class.
Criminal Adjudication 634/G
This course covers the criminal adjudication process from “bail to jail,” in other words, from the suspect’s first appearance in court through sentencing and appeal. Topics include the right to counsel, pretrial detention and bail, the charging decision, grand juries, discovery, plea bargaining, the right to a speedy trial, jury rights, proof at trial, sentencing, post-conviction review, and double jeopardy. This course is designed to complement Criminal Procedure, which focuses on the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution, but the material may overlap slightly, and Criminal Procedure is not a prerequisite.
Meta-Evidence and Preliminary Injunctions, 10 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2020)
Common Problems of Plausibility and Probabilism, 23 Int’l J. Evidence & Proof 184 (2019) (symposium)
What Causes Polarization on IP Policy?, 52 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1193 (2018) (with Lisa Larrimore Ouellette & Gregory N. Mandel)
The Results of Deliberation, 15 U.N.H. L. Rev. 161 (2016)
Hindsight Evidence, 116 Colum. L. Rev. 1323 (2016)
Entering the Innovation Twilight Zone: How Patent and Antitrust Law Must Work Together, 17 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 517 (2015) (with Jeffrey I.D. Lewis)
The Polarizing Impact of Science Literacy and Numeracy on Perceived Climate Change Risks, 2 Nature Climate Change 732 (2012) (with Dan M. Kahan et al.)
Note, Buckling Under Pressure: An Empirical Test of the Expressive Effects of Law, 28 Yale J. on Reg. 419 (2011)
What Causes Polarization on IP Policy?, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA (August 2016)
1L Professor of the Year (2017, 2018)