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2019/20: Criminal Law (Fall 2019)

In Criminal Law class, you learn about how the law handles harm people do to society.

Criminal Law

In Criminal Law class, you learn about how the law handles harm people do to society.

In this guide, section-specific content is listed with Barristers content following Advocates content.

Advocates:Professor Kevin C. McMunigal


Professor McMunigal teaches Criminal Law, Evidence and Professional Responsibility. He has held visiting appointments at the University of California (Hastings), Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), and Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. Professor McMunigal is the co-author of Criminal Law: A Contemporary Approach, a criminal law casebook published by Aspen Publishing and of Do No Wrong: Ethics for Prosecutors and Defenders, published by the American Bar Association. His recent work includes Investigative Deceit, published in the Hastings Law Journal, The (Lack) of Enforcement of Prosecutor Disclosure Rules, published in the Hofstra Law Review, and Defense Counsel and Plea Bargain Perjury, published in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. Professor McMunigal is currently guest editing a symposium issue of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law on the ethics of client counseling. He is a contributing editor of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s magazine, Criminal Justice. Along with Professor Peter Joy of Washington University, Professor McMunigal writes a quarterly ethics column for Criminal Justice. Professor McMunigal wrote one of the background papers for a series of Roundtable Discussions held by the ABA Criminal Justice Section in the Fall of 2010 at law schools across the United States of revisions to the ABA’s Prosecution and Defense Function Standards. He was also an invited speaker on witness preparation at the ABA’s annual Professional Responsibility Conference in 2010. Professor McMunigal joined the faculty after serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in California. Earlier he clerked for U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick and practiced with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco.

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Barristers: Professor Michael Benza


Professor Benza received his Bachelor of Arts (1986) and law degree (1992) from Case Western Reserve University. He also received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology (1988) from Pepperdine University. He was the 1992 Biskind Fellow from CWRU School of Law and spent a year working for the Legal Resources Centre, a civil and human rights law firm in South Africa. Upon returning to the States, he spent four years in the Capital Defense Unit at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. He was assistant counsel at the Cleveland Bar Association working with the Certified Grievance Committee as well as other committees. Professor Benza teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Death Penalty Issues, the Death Penalty Lab, Federal Prisoner Rights, International Perspectives on the Death Penalty, as well as coaching the International Criminal Court moot court team and he previously coached the Mock Trial team. The Student Bar Association selected Professor Benza as the Professor of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2009 Professor Benza was elected as an alumni member to the Society of Benchers.

Professor Benza continues to represent death row inmates in state courts and federal habeas proceedings. He has litigated capital cases in state trial courts, state appellate and post-conviction courts, and federal courts including arguing Smith v. Spisak, 130 S.Ct. 676 (2010), before the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Professor McMunigal's Library Liaison: Judith Kaul


Judith Kaul

Judith Kaul works closely with the University Office of Counsel to license our subscriptions. She manages research services promotion from a public services perspective as well as coordinates the evaluation and acquisition of electronic research services. She assists with teaching legal research aspects of LLEAP and provides legal research sessions for seminars and in the Advanced Legal Research course. She assists with plagiarism prevention education. She is the reference liaison to the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts and the Journal of Law Technology and the Internet.

Professor Benza's Library Liaison: Lisa Peters


Lisa Peters

Lisa Peters teaches classes for CORE and Advanced Legal Research and manages the library’s digital repositories. In particular, she aids students and faculty in environmental, tax and business research. She is the library liaison to the Case Western Reserve Law Review. Peters has been employed at the library since 2000. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, a MA in philosophy from the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle and a MLS in Library Science from Rutgers University.