Tamara Rice Lave

Professor of Law & Fellow, Institute for Legal Research, UC Berkeley

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Stanford Law School
B.A., Haverford College

Phone: 305-284-1899
Office: G268

After graduating from Stanford Law School, Professor Lave was a deputy public defender for ten years in San Diego, California. As a P.D., she handled a variety of cases including possession of a spiny lobster out of season, torture, child molestation, rape, and murder.

In 2005, Professor Lave left the public defender's office to start a doctoral program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy – an interdisciplinary law and society program – at the University of California, Berkeley. While there, she was a graduate student fellow at the Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs. Her dissertation is entitled "Constructing and Controlling the Sexually Violent Predator: An American Obsession."

After receiving her Ph.D. in May 2009, Professor Lave became a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She was also a visiting professor at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

Her primary teaching areas and interests include: criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and the punishment and control of sex offenders.

Lave is a criminal law consultant at the Legal Education, ADR, and Practical Problem-Solving (LEAPS) Project of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Law Schools Committee. LEAPS is designed to help law faculty incorporate practical problem solving into their instruction.

Outside of the classroom, Professor Lave is an avid runner. She had the honor of representing the United States in the marathon at the 2003 Track and Field World Championships in Paris, France. From 2008-2011, she was a regular columnist at Running Times magazine.


Drugs, Crime, and Prisons in Guatemala, Prisons in the Americans in the Twenty First Century: Human Dumping Ground (2015).

Elected Leader or Sun King? The Supreme Court Decides whether the President is above the Law in United States v Nixon, Cases That Changed Our Lives (2014).

Protecting Elites: An Alternative Take on how United States v Jones Fits into the Court's Technology Jurisprudence,, North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology (2013).

Do Sexually Violent Predator Laws Violate Double Jeopardy and Substantive Due Process: An Empirical Inquiry, 78 Brooklyn Law Review (2013).

Empirical Fallacies of Evidence Law: A Critical Look at the Admission of Prior Sex Crimes, with Aviva Orenstein, 81 University of Cincinnati Law Review (2013).

Shoot to Kill: A Critical Look at Stand Your Ground Laws, U. Miami Law Review (2013).

Inevitable Recidivism - The Birth and Centrality of an Urban Legend, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (2011).

Throwing Away the Key: Has the Adam Walsh Act Lowered the Threshold for Sexually Violent Predator Commitments Too Far?, 14 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (2011).

Controlling Sexually Violent Predators: Continued Incarceration at what Cost?, 14.2 New Criminal Law Review (2011).

Thinking Critically About How To Address Violence Against Women, 65 Miami Law Review (2011).

 Media Appearances

"After the Verdict: a WLRN Special Report" on WLRN 2013

"Civil Case Against Zimmerman In Florida Has Little Chance Of Success"... in BuzzFeed Politics 2013

"Civil-rights leaders call on Justice Department to act" in The Miami Herald 2013

"Feds Weigh Charging Zimmerman in Killing" in The Wall Street Journal, on New England Public Radio 2013

"Florida's 'stand your ground' law in spotlight after trial" on MSN News 2013

"In Zimmerman Case, Self-Defense Was Hard to Topple" in The New York Times 2013

"No prison for mother of Cristian Fernandez" in The Florida Times-Union 2013

"Stand Your Ground And The Zimmerman Defense" on Media Matters for America 2013

"The Next Three Trials of George Zimmerman" in The Atlantic Wire 2013

Stand Your Ground Laws Under Scrutiny Post-Zimmerman Verdict" on GPB News, on NPR 2013

Phone: 305-284-1899
Office: G268
Faculty Assistant

Sutton, Tina

Phone: (305)284-4241
Office: G287