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Associate Professor of Law

Co-director, Pretrial Justice Clinic

Colin Starger

Associate Director for Legal Technologies at The Center for Law Intellectual Property and Technology
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 503

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


J.D., Columbia University Law School
B.A., summa cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Pretrial Detention and Bail
Constitutional Law
Criminal Procedure
Civil Procedure
Legal Technology
Innocence and Wrongful Convictions
Lawyering Skills
Rhetoric and Argument

Before joining the UB Law faculty in 2010, Starger served as an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law. Starger graduated in 2002 from Columbia University Law School, where he was a recipient of the Jane Marks Murphy Prize (for Clinical Excellence), and a graduation speaker for his J.D. class. Following graduation, Starger clerked for Magistrate Judge Michael Dolinger in the Southern District of New York. From 2003 to 2007, he worked as a Staff Attorney at the Innocence Project at Cardozo Law School. At the Innocence Project, Starger was lead counsel on four DNA exonerations including one from Oklahoma's death row.

Starger is the principal on the SCOTUS Mapping Project, a software-driven effort to map Supreme Court doctrine. He is a member of the New York and Maryland bars.

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

A Separate Abridged Edition of the First Amendment, in Justice Scalia: Rhetoric and the Rule of Law (forthcoming University of Chicago Press 2018, Jay Mootz and Brian Slocum eds.)

The Dialectic of Stare Decisis Doctrine, in Precedent in the United States Supreme Court (Christopher J. Peters, ed., 2013).

Articles and Essays

Legitimacy, Authority, and the Right to Affordable Bail , 26 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. ___ (forthcoming 2018).

The Persistence of the Confederate Narrative , 84 Tenn. L. Rev 301 (with Peggy Davis and Aderson Francois). Interactive online version of article.

New Wine in Old Wineskins: Metaphor and Legal Research , 92 Notre Dame L. Rev. Online 1 (2016) (with Amy Sloan).

Constitutional Law and Rhetoric , 18 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 1347 (2016).

Mapping Supreme Court Doctrine: Civil Pleading, 7 Fed. Ct. L. Rev. 275 (2014) (with Scott Dodson).

The Virtue of Obscurity, 59 Vill. L. Rev. Tolle Lege 17 (2013).
The Virtue of Obscurity (alternate link)

A Visual Guide to United States v. Windsor: Doctrinal Origins of Justice Kennedy’s Majority Opinion, 108 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 130 (2013).
A Visual Guide to United States v. Windsor: Doctrinal Origins of Justice Kennedy's Majority Opinion (alternate link)

Fifty Years Before Brady, 37 The Champion 34 (2013).
Fifty Years Before Brady (alternate link)

A Visual Guide to Maryland v. King + Maryland v. King: A Visual Guide Revisited, American Criminal Law Review (blog essays posted 3/20/13 and 6/19/13).

A Visual Guide to NFIB v. Sebelius , 2012 Cardozo L. Rev. de novo 316.

Expanding Stare Decisis: The Role of Precedent in the Unfolding Dialectic of Brady v. Maryland , 46 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 75 (2012)

Exile on Main Street: Competing Traditions and Due Process Dissent, 95 Marq. L. Rev. 1253 (2012)

Meaning and Metaphor in Trawling for Herring , 111 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 109 (2011)

The DNA of an Argument: A Case Study in Legal Logos , 99 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 1045 (2009).

Death and Harmless Error: A Rhetorical Response to Judging Innocence, 108 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 1 (2008).

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Selected Recent Media

The High Cost of Unlicensed Bail Bonds (The Atlantic, March 2, 2018)

Coding for Lawyers: Starger helps advance computer literacy (The Daily Record, January 28, 2018)

Prof. talks freedom of speech; mass comm. dept. hosts “Know Your Rights” workshop (October 23, 2017 – The Towerlight)

Lessons from the Pretrial Justice Clinic (August 17, 2017 -- Pretrial Justice Institute Webcast).

Law Reform to Protect Legal Innocence (April 5, 2017 - Light City Talk).

In Maryland, public defenders bear uneven burden (Dec. 16, 2016 – Associated Press)

Md.’s cash bail system costs taxpayers plenty (Nov. 10, 2016 – Sun Letter to Editor)

Woman who appealed high bail is ordered held without bail (Nov. 1, 2016 – Baltimore Sun)

Reflections of What Happened One Year Ago in Baltimore  (April 22, 2016 – WBAL)

 A Justice System Overwhelmed: Editorial by Professor Starger (Feb. 3, 2015 - Baltimore Sun)

Professor Starger helps exonerate Dallas man after 24 years (Oct. 13, 2014 - Dallas News)

Clemency for Snowden (Jan. 23, 2014 - WYPR)

Comments on Anne Arundel Surveillance (March 5, 2013 - Baltimore Sun)

Comments on Maryland v. King (Feb. 24, 2013 - Baltimore Sun)

Comments on Baltimore City Speed Camera Controversy (Dec. 25, 2012 - Baltimore Sun)