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Associate Professor of LawPhoto of Amy Dillard
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 517

Administrative Assistant: Laurie Schnitzer
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Room 1008


J.D., Washington and Lee University Law School
B.A., Wellesley College

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Read Dillard's recent American Constitution Society's blog post  regarding arguments in the Supreme Court  addressing whether the sniff of a dog constitutes a search of a home under the Fourth Amendment and whether a trained drug-sniffing dog’s “alert” gives probable cause for a warrantless search of a vehicle.

Capital Punishment
Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Criminal Law
Lawyering Skills
Virginia Practice and Procedure

Dillard joined the faculty in 2006, following four years on the faculty of American University, Washington College of Law, where she taught criminal law and served as the acting director of the Legal Rhetoric Program. Before entering the academy, Dillard practiced law in Alexandria, Va., where she specialized in criminal defense and served as the city's deputy public defender for many years. She currently represents a client charged with capital murder in Virginia.

Her scholarly interests include sanity and competency issues, the National School Lunch Program, judicial ethics and various topics in law and religion.

Dillard is a member of the Virginia and United States Supreme Court bars.

Selected Publications

Articles and Essays

Madness Alone Punishes the Madman: The Search for Moral Dignity in the Court's Competency Doctrine as Applied in Capital Cases, 79 Tenn. L. Rev. 461 (2012).

Big Brother IS Watching: The Reality Show You Didn't Audition For, 63 Okla. L. R. 461 (2011).

And Death Shall Have No Dominion: How to Achieve the Categorical Exemption of Mentally Retarded Defendants from Execution, 45 U. Rich. L. Rev. 961 (2011).

Sloppy Joe, Slop, Sloppy Joe: How USDA Commodity Dumping Ruined the National School Lunch Program, 87 Or. L. Rev. 221 (2008).

AT HIS DISCRETION (n.): "to be disposed of as he thinks fit; at his disposal, at his mercy; unconditionally," 97 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 1295 (2008).

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Recent Media

Cruel and Unusual for Whom, ACS Blog -- The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Nov. 8, 2013).