Law professor to join Federal Sentencing Reporter editorial board

July 10, 2015 | News, UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps

Jelani Jefferson Exum, UT professor of law instruction, has been invited to join the editorial board of the Federal Sentencing Reporter. The journal explores in detail sentencing law, practice, and theory.



In her new role, Exum will pick a topic for one Federal Sentencing Reporter issue each year and oversee its production.

“Professor Exum has established herself as one of the top researchers and theorists in the highly important field of criminal sentencing,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the UT College of Law. “This appointment to the editorial board of a major journal in the field confirms her status as one of the leaders of the next generation of sentencing scholars.”

Two of Exum’s articles have been published in the Federal Sentencing Reporter: “Reflections of a First-Time Expert Witness” in December 2013 and “What’s Happening With Child Pornography Sentencing?” in December 2011. She also guest-edited the December 2011 issue on child pornography.

Exum mainly writes in the area of sentencing law and policy, but her research interests also include comparative criminal law and procedure, and the impact of race on criminal justice.

Before joining academia, she served as a law clerk for James Dennis, U.S. circuit judge for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Eldon Fallon, U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Exum is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. 

Published five times annually for the Vera Institute of Justice by the University of California Press, each issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter features articles, cases and other primary materials written by judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, probation officers, scholars, and members of sentencing commissions.

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