Assistant Professor of Lawcstarger@ubalt.edu
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 503
Administrative Assistant: Laurie Schnitzer
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1112
J.D., Columbia University Law School
B.A., summa cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles
Areas of Expertise
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
Articles and Essays
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)
The Dialectic of Stare Decisis Doctrine (book chapter) in Precedent in the U.S. Supreme Court (C.J. Peters ed., forthcoming 2014).
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).
Visualizing SCOTUS Doctrine-An Introduction, PrawfsBlawg (Sept. 4, 2013, 9:27 AM).
Visualizing SCOTUS Doctrine II-Dissents and Competing Traditions, PrawfsBlawg (Sept. 8, 2013, 10:47 AM).
Visualizing SCOTUS Doctrine III-Network Analysis Compared, PrawfsBlawg (Sept. 12, 2013, 7:54 AM).
SCOTUS Maps in the Classroom, PrawfsBlawg (Sept. 16, 2013, 1:55 PM).
Maps and Doctrinal Scholarship, PrawfsBlawg (Sept. 19, 2013, 11:06 PM).
SCOTUS Mapping Going Forward, PrawfsBlawg (Sept. 25, 2013, 11:06 AM).
Steal This Map, PrawfsBlawg (Sept. 30, 2013, 8:54 AM).
The Virtue of Obscurity, PrawfsBlawg (October 10, 2013, 4:57 PM).
Clarifying Obscurity: Minimalism, Novelty, and Polite Conversation Change, PrawfsBlawg (October 14, 2013, 1:42 PM).
Clemency for Snowden, WYPR (Jan. 23, 2014).
Comments on Anne Arundel Surveillance (3/5/13 - Baltimore Sun)
Comments on Maryland v. King (2/24/13 - Baltimore Sun)
Comments on Baltimore City Speed Camera Controversy (12/25/12 - Baltimore Sun)