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Stephen J. Cribari

Professor of Practice

Stephen J. Cribari

N217 Mondale Hall
229–19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455



St. Lawrence University, B.A.
Catholic University, J.C.L., J.D.

Professor Stephen J. Cribari brings a diversity of interests to the Law School. A former Federal Public Defender who has twice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, he teaches criminal procedure, law and cultural property, evidence, physical evidence/expert testimony, and criminal law. He is the Reporter for the Criminal Pattern Jury Instruction Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, is on the faculty of ATF's National Firearms Examiner Academy, and is a member of NIJ's Technical Working Group on Digital Evidence in the courtroom. Professor Cribari designed, and has conducted, the moot court component of the FBI Computer Analysis Response Team's examiner qualification training program. In 2003, he was recognized by the FBI for outstanding public service. He joined the faculty of the National Judicial College in 2009 (teaching advanced evidence). In 2011 and 2012, with Professor Don Judges of the University of Arkansas School of Law, Professor Cribari designed and taught a Judicial Symposium for the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. He is also the co-director of the University of Notre Dame Law School's Summer London Programme and, in 2012, served as Interim Director of the London Law Programme and visiting professor, teaching criminal procedure, evidence and law and cultural heritage. With Adjunct Professor Barbara Wold, he designed and taught Law and Cultural Property for the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) School of Law. The program meets in Arkansas and Rome, Italy.

From January to June, 2011, Professor Cribari was a visiting professor in the University of Notre Dame London Law Programme. In 2004-05, he was a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he has continued to teach most summers. Professor Cribari has taught at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver (where he designed the federal appellate clinical program, the students winning 5 of their first 8 cases). He has also taught at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, and in the Department of Forensic Sciences at George Washington University.

Professor Cribari received his J.D. from Catholic University (1980), and is the first American layman to have received a Pontifical degree in Canon Law (J.C.L., 1977). He has taught Canon Law at Catholic University and is a former tribunal judge for the Military Archdiocese. He received his B.A. from St. Lawrence University.

Prof. Cribari is the author of Is Death Different? Dying Declarations and the Confrontation Clause after Crawford, 35 WM. MITCHELL L. REV. 1542 (2009), and, with Prof. Don Judges of the University of Arkansas School of Law, is co-author of Speaking of Silence, 94 MINN. L. REV. 800 (2010).

Professor Cribari is also a published poet and playwright. He is co-librettist of Ein Friedensoratorium, a peace oratorio composed by Carola Assali (Heidelberg, Germany, 2000). His short play, Fingerprinting a Corpse, is published in The Playwrights' Center Monologues for Men (edited by Kristen Gandrow; Heinemann, 2005).

With Don Judges he is the co-author of two screenplays. Their play Radio Traffic was produced in Minneapolis in May, 2008.



Digital Evidence in the Courtroom: A Guide for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, 2007) (with members of the Technical Working Group for Digital Evidence in the Courtroom)

Journal Articles

Speaking of Silence: A Reply to Making Defendants Speak, 94 Minnesota Law Review 800 (2010) (with Donald P. Judges)

Is Death Different? Dying Declarations and the Confrontation Clause after Crawford, 35 William Mitchell Law Review 1542 (2009)

Unified Family Courts: Therapeutic Power and Judicial Authority, 3 Utah Bar Journal 7 (Summer 1998), reprinted in 1 Unified Family Court Chronicle 7 (Spring 1999)

A Day in the Life..., II Unified Family Chronicle (June 1998)

Trouble in Vineville: Resolution of Intra-Church Property Disputes in Civil Courts, 66 Health Progress 55 (July-Aug. 1985)

Documents and Reports

Unified Family Courts: A Progress Report (American Bar Association, 1998) (report from ABA Standing Committee on Substance Abuse and ABA Steering Committee on Unmet Legal Needs of Children) (with Jeff Kuhn)

Editorials, Commentary & Letters

Silence Is Not Always Golden, The Big Horn County (Montana) News, Nov. 19, 1997 (op-ed)

Of Spies and Alpine Ridges (book review), The Big Horn County (Montana) News, Aug. 27, 1997 (op-ed)

Reflections on Memorial Day: Rolling Thunder, The Big Horn County (Montana) News, June 4, 1997 (op-ed)

Criminal trials - not truth, but fairness, The Big Horn County (Montana) News, Dec. 4, 1996 (op-ed)

Gerald: Questions of law, compassion, The Big Horn County (Montana) News, Oct. 23, 1996, at 5 (op-ed)

Allure of the Gun, Evening Sun, Oct. 19, 1990, at A9 (op-ed)

Other Publications

Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions: Tenth Circuit (Thomson/West, 2006 ed.) (reporter)


Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Law and Archaeology
Physical Evidence