Faculty Directory

Daniel S. Medwed

University Distinguished Professor of Law and Criminal Justice

Yale College, BA 1991
Harvard Law School, JD 1995

Professor Medwed, a leading authority on criminal law, focuses his research and pro bono activities around the topic of wrongful convictions. One of his books, Prosecution Complex: America’s Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent (New York University Press, 2012), explores how even well-meaning prosecutors may contribute to wrongful convictions because of cognitive biases and an overly deferential regime of legal and ethical rules. He also recently co-authored the seventh edition of Criminal Procedure: Principles, Policies, and Perspectives (West Academic, 2020) and the second edition of Criminal Law: Problems, Statutes, and Cases (Carolina Academic Press, 2021) .

Professor Medwed is a founding member of the board of directors of the Innocence Network, a consortium of innocence projects throughout the world, and a former president of the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center in Salt Lake City. He currently serves on the board of the New England Innocence Project. He is also the legal analyst for GBH News, Boston’s local NPR and PBS affiliate.

Professor Medwed was appointed to the rank of University Distinguished Professor in 2018, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Northeastern faculty member. He also received the 2013 Robert D. Klein University Lectureship, which is awarded to a member of the faculty at Northeastern University who has obtained distinction in his or her field of study. Professor Medwed has earned many teaching prizes over the course of his career, including a Teaching and Advising Award while serving as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Prior to joining Northeastern in 2012, Professor Medwed was professor of law at the University of Utah. He previously served as an instructor at Brooklyn Law School and helped oversee the school’s Second Look Program, where he worked with students to investigate and litigate innocence claims by New York state prisoners. He has also worked in private practice and as an associate appellate counsel at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, of New York City.

Fields of Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Post-conviction Remedies & Wrongful Convictions

Selected Works