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Pamela R. Metzger

Associate Professor of Law
BA, with honors, 1987, Dartmouth College; JD, cum laude, 1991, New York University

E-mail:  pmetzger@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.865.5159
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 230-B



Pam Metzger is a nationally recognized Sixth Amendment and ethics scholar whose work combines theory and practice in driving improvements in criminal justice.
Her scholarship, which has appeared in publications such as the Yale Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, Southern California Law Review and Northwestern University Law Review, has been widely cited by leading authorities and by the U.S. Supreme Court. Most recently, she has explored how a data-driven systems approach to high-risk practices can improve the delivery of public defense services.
Before joining the Tulane faculty, Metzger served as an assistant federal defender in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and worked in private criminal practice in New York City. She has been a visiting law professor at Washington and Lee University, where she directed the Alderson Legal Clinic for women in prison. In 2001-08, she directed the Tulane Law School Criminal Litigation Clinic, where she became a leading voice in reforming the criminal justice systems in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. 

Professor Metzger's CV 

Fall 2015 - Criminal Law
Spring 2016 - Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Adjudication; Criminal Procedure Seminar 


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WWL TV, "Some Call For U.S. Attorney's Job After Blogger Scandal," Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The Times-Picayune, "Justice system failings in wake of Hurricane Katrina left wounds that remain unhealed," Sunday, October 18, 2009
New Orleans CityBusiness, "MOVING TARGET: The NOPD baits the homeless and other perpetrators with beer, candy and cigarettes to net burglary arrests," Monday, July 14, 2008
New Orleans CityBusiness, "NOPD baits, then arrests, the homeless," Friday, June 11, 2008
KATC Acadiana, "Officials ponder justice system if DA's office seized," October 30, 2007
The Times Picayune, "Settlement reached in debtor's prison challenge," October 16, 2007
NPR, "Louisiana Overhauls Public-Defender System," September 14, 2007
USA Today, "Louisiana nursing home case puts Katrina response on trial," August 8, 2007
The Times-Picayune, "Courts assess flood's toll on justice: Some cases survive missing evidence," April 26, 2007
The Times-Picayune, "120-day wait in jail urged for La. suspect: Plan to toughen law resisted by Jordan," April 23, 2007
Daily Report, "Suit filed over jailing of poor defendants," March 9, 2007
The National Law Journal, "New Orleans' Legal System Still Feeling Pain of Hurricane Katrina," February 13, 2007
The Times Picayune, “Group tries to loosen legal logjam: Students to gather case information,” Saturday, December 16, 2006 "Poor people are entitled to have lawyers with names and voices," she said.
L.A. Times, "Justice on Katrina time: Hundreds, if not thousands, languish behind bars without their day in court," Tuesday, December 12, 2006
the Times Picayune, "Public defenders board, judges agree to truce: Contempt hearing called off, compromise attempted," Friday, December 08, 2006
The National Law Journal, "Law students flock to New Orleans," December 6, 2006
the New York Times, "In New Orleans, Rust in the Wheels of Justice," November 21, 2006
USA Today, "City's public defender system troubled before Katrina," May 23, 2006
New York Times, "Judge Steps In for Poor Inmates Without Justice Since Hurricane," May 23, 2006
Times Picayune, "Man in Jail for Months Amid Mix-up," April 21, 2006
Times-Picayune, "Indigent Defendants Remain Jailed," April 21, 2006
The Times Picayune, "Katrina Brings Disorder to the Court," April 17, 2006
Washington Post, "In New Orleans, Justice on Trial," April 15, 2006
Times Picayune, "Katrina Leaves Inmates in Limbo," March 18, 2006
Los Angeles Times, "New Orleans Legal System Increasingly on Defensive," March 10, 2006
Associated Press, "Tulane Law Clinic head says funding of defenders unconstitutional," March 9, 2006
Reuters, "New Orleans Courts Face Mardi Gras Amid Crisis," February 20, 2006
Times Picayune, "Judge Halts Prosecutions of New Orleans Indigent Defendants," February 10, 2006
Los Angeles Times, "New Orleans Justice System Scrutinized," February 9, 2006.
Times-Picayune, "'Paper Witness' Verdict Upheld, June 21, 2005
New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Closed Courtroom Triggers Questions," November 23, 20904
Times Picayune, Murder Suspect Must Return to New Orleans, January 9, 2004
Associated Press, "Defense Lawyers Predict Man's Death Sentence Will Be Overturned," August 27, 2003
National Law Journal, "Grand juror selection shaken up," July 21, 2003
National Law Journal, "Grand Juror Selection Shaken Up," July 21, 2003
Times Picayune, "Ruling on Grand Juries May Fuel Appeals," July 7, 2003
Times Picayune, Ex-judge Seeks to Quash wiretap evidence, February 18, 2003
Times Picayune, Sources: Judge aided feds with Jeff probe, February 1, 2003
Times Picayune, Judge pleads innocent to drug scheme, July 25, 2002
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The Sun Herald, DA may rethink pursuing second case - Experts differ on effect of Strickler's acquittal
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Times - Picayune, "Congress Urged to Toughen Terrorism Laws," September 18, 2001

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