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Gerald G. Ashdown

Gerald Ashdown

James H. “Buck” and June M. Harless Professor of Law Emeritus    

Education

B.B.A., University of Iowa, 1969
J.D., University of Iowa, 1972
 -Graduated with high distinction
 -Member, Order of the Coif
 -Staff, Iowa Law Review

Biography

Gerry Ashdown graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1972. After a brief time in practice with the Los Angeles law firm of Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, he returned to the University of Iowa College of Law to teach for a year before joining the University of Kentucky law faculty. He became a member of the law faculty at the West Virginia University College of Law in 1979. He served as Associate Dean from 1984-1986, and was appointed the James H. “Buck” and June M. Harless Professor of Law in 2001.

Professor Ashdown is the long-time co-author of  Criminal Law Cases and Comments (University Casebook Series, Foundation Press). The ninth edition of this widely-used law text was published in June 2013.

Publications

  • The Blueing of America: The Bridge Between the War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism , 67 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 753 (2006).
  • Journalism Police, 89 Marquette Law Review 739 (2006).
  • Marshall, Marbury, and Mr. Byrd: America Unchecked and Imbalanced, (reviewing Losing America by Senator Robert C. Byrd), 108 West Virginia Law Review 691 (2006).
  • The Convenience of the Guillotine: Video Proceedings in Federal Prosecutions, (with Michael A. Menzel), 80 Den. U. L. Rev. 63-109 (2002).
  • Criminal Law Cases and Comments, Moenssens, Bacigal, Ashdown & Hench, Foundation Press, 7th ed. 2003.
  • Instructor’s Manual, Criminal Law—Cases and Comments, Moenssens, Bacigal, Ashdown & Hench, Foundation Press, 7th ed. 2003.
  • The Convenience of the Guillotine: Video Proceeding in Federal Prosecution, 80 Den. U. L. Rev. 63 (2002) (with Michael A. Menzel)
  • Criminal Law Cases and Comments, _Moenssens, Bacigal, Ashdown & Inbau, Foundation Press, 6th Ed. 1998.
  • “Federalism, Federalization, and the Politics of Crime,” 98 W. Va. L. Rev. 789-813 (1996)
  • “Introduction: Macro and Micro Evaluation of the Federalization of Crime,”98 W. Va. L. Rev. 757-59 (1996)
  • “Whither the Press: The Fourth Estate and Journalism of Blame,” 3 Wm. & Mary Bill of Rights J. 681-703 (1994)
  • “Drugs, Ideology, and the Deconstitutionalization of Criminal Procedure,”95 W. Va. L. Rev. 1-54 (1992)

Teaching Experience

  • James H. “Buck” and June M. Harless Professor of Law (2001-)
  • Faculty, West Virginia University College of Law (1979-present)
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, West Virginia University College of Law (1984-1986)
  • Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky (1974-79)
  • Instructor, University of Iowa (1972-73)

Professional Experience

  • Draftsman and Consultant, West Virginia Criminal Code Revision
  • Reporter, ABA Criminal Justice Standards’ Project on the Special Functions of the Trial Judge
  • Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, Los Angeles, California

Public Service

  • Federal Criminal Appeals
  • Reporter, ABA Criminal Justice Standards’ Project
  • County Planning Commission
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