Professor of LawPhone: (410) 706-4239
BA, magna cum laude, Harvard College
JD, Yale Law School
Amanda C. Pustilnik is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Law & Neuroscience. Her current research includes work on models of mind in criminal law, evidentiary issues presented by neuroscientific work on memory, and the role of pain in different legal domains. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she was a Climenko fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Before entering the legal academy, she practiced litigation with Covington & Burling and with Sullivan & Cromwell, where she focused on white collar criminal matters. Prof. Pustilnik also clerked for the Hon. Jose A. Cabranes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She graduated Yale Law School and Harvard College, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, in the History and Philosophy of Science department. Prof. Pustilnik has also worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant and is a member of the board of directors of the John Harvard Scholarships. During Spring 2015, Professor Pustilnik will be serving as a Senior Fellow in Law & Neuroscience of the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital. This Center is a collaboration between Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Law School.
Neurotechnologies at the Intersection of Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law, in The Constitution and the Future of Criminal Justice in America 109 (John T. Parry & L. Song Richardson eds., 2013). [Full Text]
Rethinking Unreasonableness: A Comment on Nita Farahany's "Law and Behavioral Morality," in Evolution and Morality: NOMOS LII 166 (James Fleming & Sanford Levinson eds., 2012).
Legal Evidence of Subjective States: A Brain-Based Model of Chronic Pain Increases Accuracy and Fairness in Law, 25 Harvard Review of Psychiatry 279 (2017).
Imaging Brains, Changing Minds: How Pain Neuroimaging Can Inform the Law, 66 Alabama Law Review 1099 (2015). [Full Text]
"And if Your Friends Jumped Off a Bridge, Would You Do it too?": How Developmental Neuroscience Can Inform Legal Regimes Governing Adolescents, 12 Indiana Health Law Review 533 (2015) (with Michael N. Tennison). [Full Text]
Adolescent Medical Decision Making and the Law of the Horse, 15 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 1 (2012) (with Leslie Meltzer Henry). [Full Text]
Pain as Fact and Heuristic: How Pain Neuroimaging Illuminates Moral Dimensions of Law, 97 Cornell Law Review 801 (2012). [Full Text]
Violence on the Brain: A Critique of Neuroscience in Criminal Law, 44 Wake Forest Law Review 183 (2009). [Full Text]
Prisons of the Mind: Social Value and Economic Inefficiency in the Criminal Justice Response to Mental Illness, 96 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 217 (2006). [Full Text]
Book Review, Broad, Deep & Indirect: The Potential Influence of Neuroscience in Law, 2 Biosocieties 357 (2006) (reviewing Michael S. Gazzaniga, The Ethical Brain (2006)). [Full Text]
Note, Private Ordering, Legal Ordering, and the Getting of Children: A Counterhistory of Adoption Law, 20 Yale Law & Policy Review 263 (2002).