Professor Maryam Ahranjani
Lee & Leon Karelitz Professor in Evidence and Procedure
LLM, University of Pennsylvania Law School
JD, American University Washington College of Law
BSEd (magna cum laude in Social Policy), Northwestern University
Member, District of Columbia Bar
Professor Maryam Ahranjani is teaching or has taught Criminal Law, Constitutional Rights, Criminal Procedure I, Education Policy, and Criminal Sentencing. Prior to joining the faculty at UNM in 2016, Professor Ahranjani worked in Guatemala City with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Agency for International Development on rule of law projects related to human rights and youth migration. She taught and worked at American University Washington College of Law (directing the National Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and the Program on Law and Government), the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and several law schools in Latin America.
A recognized expert on access to education, Professor Ahranjani has authored numerous book chapters, law review articles, and other articles. Co-author of the textbook Youth Justice in America (2nd ed. 2014), her work has appeared in The Journal of College and University Law, Hofstra Law Review, South Carolina Law Review, Denver University Law Review, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, and The Washington Post.
In the News
This course involves an in-depth inquiry into the building blocks of civil rights law; freedom of expression (speech and press), equal protection, due process, and religious freedom. There will be discussion of litigation strategy and the decision-making processes of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Criminal Law I
This course considers the general principles of substantive criminal law and evaluates them in terms of the various purposes that justify a system of criminal punishment. It will include an analysis of the doctrines of mens rea attempt, complicity, and conspiracy as well as certain crimes such as homicide and certain defenses such as self-defense.
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The Practicum Course is not really a separate course; rather, it is a hands-on, practice-based extension of the Torts, Contracts, and Criminal Law courses. Students explore the theoretical connections among the three courses in the context of resolving simulated but realistic client problems. The course stresses practical and analytical skills through writing exercises while also exploring substantive law questions that are addressed in other first semester courses.
YOUTH JUSTICE IN AMERICA (CQ Press, 2014) (with Andrew G. Ferguson and Jamin B. Raskin).
High School to Law School: Marshall-Brennan and Moot Court, THE EDUCATION PIPELINE TO THE PROFESSIONS: PROGRAMS THAT WORK TO INCREASE DIVERSITY (Sarah E. Redfield, ed.) (2012).
The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project: A Case Study in Law and Social Justice, CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, AND SOCIAL WORK IN TRANSFORMATION: IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY AND PRACTICE (Lynn M. Nybell, Jeffrey J. Shook, and Janet L. Finn, ed., 2009).
Selected Articles and Other Publications
Universities as “Sanctuaries,” Journal of College and University Law (forthcoming, 2018).
The Prisonization of America’s Public Schools: Prioritizing “Security” over Privacy, 45 Hofstra Law Rev. 4 (2017).
Are Transgender Students Protected Under Title IX? Washington Post Newspaper in Education, https://nie.washingtonpost.com/sites/default/files/YouAndYourRights.pdf (2017).
Evaluating High School Students’ Constitutional and Civic Literacy: A Case Study of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project (with Jeffrey J. Shook and Caleb Medearis) 90 D.U. Law Rev. 917 (2013).
National Constitution Day Teaching Modules ( www.band-of-rights.org) (2005-2013).
Can They Do That to Me?! Does the 8th Amendment Protection Children’s Best Interests? 63 S.C. LAW REV. 403 (2011).
Mary Daly v. Boston College: The Impermissibility of Single-Sex Classes in Private Universities, 9 AM. U.J.G. SOC. POL'Y & L. 179 (2001).
Immigration Trends in the D.C. Area and What They Mean for Public Education, THE WASHINGTON POST, July 9, 2004.
Law School News
“Immigration status should not be a barrier to higher education”
December 14, 2017
Prof. Maryam Ahranjani quoted in Santa Fe Reporter
October 24, 2016
UNM Law School hires two new tenure-track professors
August 22, 2016