Professor of Law
Director, Legal Data and Design Clinic
Associate Director for Legal Technologies at The Center for the Law of Intellectual Property and Technology
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, AL 503
Administrative Assistant: Laurie Schnitzer
410.837.4689 AL 1006
J.D., Columbia University Law School
B.A., summa cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles
Areas of Expertise
Pretrial Detention and Bail
Innocence and Wrongful Convictions
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.
Books and Book Chapters
A Separate Abridged Edition of the First Amendment, in Justice Scalia: Rhetoric and the Rule of Law (University of Chicago Press 2019, Jay Mootz and Brian Slocum eds.)
Articles and Essays
Legitimacy, Authority, and the Right to Affordable Bail , 26 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 589 (2018).
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).
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)
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).
Selected Recent Media
With cash bail down and releases up, stakeholders turn attention to pretrial services (Daily Record, Aug. 28, 2018)
Attorneys cite all-white jury, ask for new trial in wrongful detainment suit against Annapolis police (Capital Gazette, Aug. 24, 2018)
Reforms intended to end excessive cash bail in Md. are keeping more in jail longer (Washington Post, July 2, 2018)
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)