Phyllis L Crocker
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 Title: Professor
 Dept: Law
 Office: LB 156
 Phone: 216-687-2328
 Email: P.CROCKER@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. LB 156, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
criminal law, women and the law, capital punishment
 
Education:
B.A., Yale University
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
 
Brief Bio:
Phyllis L. Crocker is a recognized authority on the death penalty.  She chaired the American Bar Association's Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Team that published the report Evaluating Fairness and Accuracy in State Death Penalty Systems:  The Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Report (2007).  She has written extensively on the constitutional, historical and cultural underpinnings of capital punishment.  She is a co-author Katz & Giannelli, Baldwin's Ohio Practice: Criminal Law (3rd ed., 2009) and is a frequent guest lecturer on capital punishment.  

After graduation from law school Prof. Crocker clerked for Judge Warren J. Ferguson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She was then an associate in a small Chicago firm specializing in complex federal civil litigation.  From 1989 to 1994 she was a staff attorney at the Texas Resource Center in Austin, Texas, a federally-funded community defender organization representing death-sentenced inmates in state and federal post-conviction litigation.  

She joined the Cleveland-Marshall faculty in 1994 and has taught Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I and II, Capital Punishment and the Law and the Externship Seminar.  She was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 2006-July 2010 and the Interim Dean from March 2010-June 2011.
 
Honors and Awards:
YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award (2010)

Cleveland State University Administrative Merit Recognition Award (2009 and 2008)

Cleveland State University Faculty Merit Recognition Award (2004)

Cleveland State University Established Full-Time Faculty Research and Development Grant (2000)

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Excellence in Faculty Writing Award (2000)

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Howard Oleck Award for Distinguished Legal Writing by a Faculty Member (1999)
 
Professional Service:
Member, Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio State Bar Association Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio's Death Penalty (appointed 2011)

Steering Committee, ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Project, 2010-present

Chair, American Bar Association Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Team 2005-2007, EVALUATING FAIRNESS AND ACCURACY IN STATE DEATH PENALTY SYSTEMS:  THE OHIO DEATH PENALTY ASSESSMENT REPORT (2007)

Regional Member, Ohio Judicial Appointments Recommendation Panel for the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court, February 2009

Editorial Board, JOURNAL OF AGGRESSION, MALTREATMENT AND TRAUMA (Haworth Press)

Grand Jury Foreperson, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas  May Term 2003

William K. Thomas Inn of Court, Bencher since 2002, Exec. Comm. 2005-06, 2007-10, Program Co-Chair 2005-06, 2009-10

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Board of Trustees 2010-2011