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Erin R. Collins

Associate Professor of Law

  • Profile

    Erin R. Collins comes to Richmond Law’s criminal law faculty from the New York University School of Law, where she served as Executive Director of the Clemency Resource Center. She is a former acting assistant professor in the NYU Lawyering Program and previously worked for five years as a public defense attorney at Appellate Advocates in New York City. Professor Collins holds a J.D. from NYU Law and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

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    • Presentations

      Presenter, "Shifting the Evidence-Based Paradigm," Neighborhood Criminal Law Roundtable, University of Virginia (May 2021)


      "Shifting the Evidence-Based Paradigm," Decarceration Law Professors Workshop, (July 2020)


      "The Problem of Problem-Solving Courts," Neighborhood Criminal Law Roundtable, University of Maryland School of Law (May 2020)


      Panelist, "An Introduction to Federal Sentencing Disparities," Issues in Federal Sentencing: Privilege, Disparity, and a Way Forward, Washington and Lee University School of Law & The Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice (November 2019)


      Panelist, "Empirical Injustice," Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (July 2019)


      Presenter, "The Problem of Problem-Solving Courts," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (July 2019)


      Presenter, "The Problem of Problem-Solving Courts," Junior Criminal Law Scholars Workshop, Colorado Law School (June 2019)


      ""Rape, Sexual Assault, and #MeToo"," AALS Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (January 2019)


      Panelist, "Rape, Sexual Assault, and #MeToo," AALS Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (January 2019)


      ""Captured Courts"," Crimfest! , Cardozo School of Law (July 2018)


      ""Captured Courts"," Mid-Atlantic Junior Faculty Forum, University of Richmond School of Law (May 2018)


      ""When the FBI Comes Knocking: Representing Clients Approached by Law Enforcement for Questioning"," Representing Muslims and Arab-Americans in Challenging Times, Project South and the Carrico Center for Pro Bono and Public Service (January 2018)


      Presentations Prior to 2019

    • Bar Admissions

      New York State

    • Professional Experience

      Associate Professor of Law (2019 - present)
      University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA


      Assistant Professor of Law (2016 - 2019)
      University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA


      Executive Director, Clemency Resource Center (2015 - 2016)
      New York University School of Law, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, New York, NY


      Acting Assistant Professor (2012 - 2015)
      New York University School of Law, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, New York, NY


      Staff Attorney (2007 - 2012)
      Appellate Advocates, New York, NY


      Legal Fellow (2006 - 2007)
      New York State Office of Court Administration, Brooklyn, NY

  • Publications
    Journal Articles

    The Problem of Problem-Solving Courts, 54 UC Davis Law Review 1573 (2021) (Awarded the 2019 AALS Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholar Award).

    Shifting the Evidence-Based Paradigm,

    Punishing Risk, 107 Georgetown Law Journal 57 (2018).

    Clemency and the Administration of Hope, 29 Federal Sentencing Reporter 263 (2017).

    Status Courts, 105 Georgetown Law Journal 1481 (2017).

    The Criminalization of Title IX, 13 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 365 (2016).

    The Evidentiary Rules of Engagement in the War Against Domestic Violence, 90 New York University Law Review 397 (2015).

    Additional Publications

    The Perils of 'Off-Label Sentencing' The Crime Report (June 2018).

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