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Todd Berger

Todd Berger

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Professor Todd A. Berger joined the College of Law faculty at Syracuse University College of Law in 2012. He is currently a Professor of Law, serving as Director of Advocacy Programs. Berger’s scholarship is concentrated in the areas of criminal law and procedure, as well as the intersection of trial advocacy and attorney ethics.

In recognition of his excellence in teaching, Berger received Syracuse University’s Meredith Teaching Recognition Award in 2017. He also was selected by the graduating classes of 2015, 2020, 2021, and 2022 to receive the College’s Res Ipsa Loquitur Award. This honor is given to an outstanding faculty member for “service, scholarship, and stewardship” to the students. Further, Professor Berger is the author of award-winning scholarship, having received the 2021 Edward D. Ohlbaum Paper in Advocacy for his article, Problematic Problems: The Case Against Mock Trial Problems Involving Racist Speech, 94 Temp. L. Rev. Online 1 (2022). The Ohlbaum Paper in Advocacy is selected based on its originality, and usefulness to advocates and students of advocacy.

Before joining the College, Berger was the founding Managing Attorney of the Federal Prisoner Reentry Project at Rutgers School of Law-Camden. Previously, he worked as an assistant public defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, representing indigent defendants throughout all stages of the criminal justice system, from arraignment through trial and post-verdict motions. He also worked as a supervisor in both the Municipal Court and Felony Waiver Units, assisting new attorneys in trial preparation and courtroom practice, and in the Major Trials Unit representing clients in jury trials involving serious felony charges. He also was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he taught in the Criminal Defense Clinic.
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Recent Episodes
June 10, 2024

What Are the Limits of Students’ First Amendment Rights on College Campuses?

Recent protests at universities across the country pushed the boundaries of free speech, and outcomes for protestors were varied, to say the least. The world of academia encourages the free exchange of...

April 15, 2024

Collaborative Impact: Working Together to Change the World

Many young law students begin their studies with high hopes of generating change by becoming a lawyer and advocate, but what does this lofty dream look like in the real world? Leah...

March 18, 2024

Plan to Pivot: Embracing Change in Law School and Beyond

Many law students begin their studies thinking they have their legal ambitions all mapped out, only to realize later that their perfect plan is no longer what they want. Having this type...

February 12, 2024

The Merits Of Being A Little Reckless: How An Arts Lawyer Took On The Sackler Family

Becoming a specialist in a niche area of the law is often touted as the most effective path for attorneys, but there’s definitely much to be said for having a more dynamic...

January 8, 2024

The Art of Negotiation: Understanding the Nuance and Skill of Advocacy

Labor issues captured the headlines throughout much of 2023, with over 400 strikes involving half a million workers. From a legal perspective, there’s a lot to unpack about negotiation tactics, advances in...

December 11, 2023

Engaging with AI in Your Future Legal Career

There’s no way to take a pass on tech competence. In your future as a lawyer, you have an ethical responsibility to understand and use technology in your practice, and today’s fastest...

October 23, 2023

The Unique Experience of a Justice-Impacted Law Student

After a criminal pays their debt to society, should they continue to suffer additional consequences for their crime for the rest of their life? Ricky Panayoty developed a deep passion for the...

September 18, 2023

Don’t Let Law School Crush Your Creativity

As law students learn to be lawyers, some feel that they lose themselves—that their prior creative, dynamic individuality is slowly replaced by an unrecognizable law school robot. If you’ve experienced this disorienting...