Sam Kamin | Sturm College of Law


Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy


Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure

Professional Biography

Sam Kamin joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law in 1999 and is currently the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy. Holding both a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a BA, summa cum laude, from Amherst College, Professor Kamin’s research interests include criminal procedure, death penalty jurisprudence, federal courts, and constitutional remedies. He is a co-author of West Publishing’s Investigative Criminal Procedure: A Contemporary Approach and Cases and Materials on the Death Penatly and has published scholarly articles in the Virginia Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Journal of Constitutional Law, and Law and Contemporary Problems among many others. He has also become one of the nation’s leading experts on the regulation of marijuana; in 2012 he was appointed to Governor John Hickenlooper’s Task Force to Implement Amendment 64 and the ACLU of California’s blue ribbon panel to study marijuana legalization.

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  • JD, 1996; PhD, 2000, University of California
  • BA, 1992, Amherst College

Featured Publications

  • THE DEATH PENALTY IN A NUTSHELL, FIFTH EDITION, co-authored with Victor Streib and Justin Marceau (Thomson/West Publishing 2016).
  • CASES AND MATERIALS ON THE DEATH PENALTY, FOURTH EDITION, co-authored with Nina Rivkind, Steven Shatz, and Justin Marceau (Thomson/West Publishing 2016).
  • Trademark Laundering, Useless Patents, and Other IP Challenges for the Marijuana Industry, co-authored with Viva Moffat, 73 Washington & Lee Law Review 217 (2016).
  • Marijuana Legalization in Colorado — Lessons for Colombia, Journal Colombian Institute of Tax Law No. 75 (2016).
  • Prosecutorial Discretion in the Context of Immigration and Marijuana Law Reform: The Search for a Limiting Principle, 14 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 183 (2016).

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