Jonathan P. Witmer-Rich

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Associate Professor

Office: LB 232

p. 216-687-2535



B.A., English, Goshen College, 1997
J.D., University of Michigan, 2000


Professor Witmer-Rich's research focuses on criminal procedure and criminal law theory. His articles have appeared journals such as the Florida Law Review, Criminal Law and Philosophy, the Pepperdine Law Review, and the Case Western Reserve Law Review. He teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and law and terrorism.

In 2010 he received an Ohio Faculty Innovator Award from the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents for innovative and cost-saving use of digital classroom materials. Professor Witmer-Rich currently serves as counsel to the Criminal Rules Committee of the Ohio Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Following law school Professor Witmer-Rich clerked for Judge M. Blane Michael on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for Judge Joseph R. Goodwin on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. He then worked as a litigation associate for three years at Jones Day in Cleveland.

Before joining the faculty in 2009, Professor Witmer-Rich practiced at the Federal Public Defender's Office, where he represented defendants charged with a wide range of federal crimes. He also represented several detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in habeas corpus proceedings.


Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure