Faculty Profiles

Norman Abrams

Norman Abrams

Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
Acting Chancellor Emeritus
A.B. University of Chicago
J.D. University of Chicago


Evidence: Cases and Materials (with Jack B. Weinstein, Scott Brewer, and Daniel S. Medwed). 10th ed. West Academic (2017). Prior editions Foundation Press: 9th, 1997; 8th, 1988; 7th, 1983. Evidence, Rules and Statute, 2017.
Federal Criminal Law and Its Enforcement (with Sara Sun Beale and Susan Riva Klein). 6th ed. West Academic Publishing (2015).
Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement. 4th ed. West (2012). Supplement, 2014.
Administrative Process: Alternatives to the Criminal Process. Law and Public Affairs Publication, National Center for Administrative Justice (1979). Funded by Florence V. Burden Foundation.
Designing a State Hearing Officer System: Issues Suggested by the California Experience. Center for Administrative Justice, American Bar Association (1974).
Cases and Materials on the Criminal Law of Israel (Mekraot B'Dinai Onshin) (with Arnold N. Enker). Bar Ilan Univ. Press (1971).
The Control of Crime through Criminal Prosecution: A Proposal for Studies on the Case Flow and Decision Process in Metropolitan District Attorney Offices, December 4, 1968 (with David Sudnow). RAND (1968).
Report on the Operations of the Criminal Justice Act in the Central District of California. Judicial Conference of the United States (1967).

Articles and Chapters

A Constitutional Minimum Threshold for the Actus Reus of Crime? MPC Attempts and Material Support Offenses, 37 Quinnipiac Law Review 199 (2019). Full Text
Addressing the Guantanamo "Legacy Problem": Bringing Law-of-War Prolonged Military Detention and Criminal Prosecution into Closer Alignment, 7 Journal of National Security Law and Policy 527 (2014). Full Text
Terrorism Prosecutions in U.S. Federal Court: Exceptions to Constitutional Evidence Rules and the Development of a Cabined Exception for Coerced Confessions, 4 Harvard National Security Journal 58 (2012).
Responses to the Five Questions, 38 William Mitchell Law Review 1597 (2012). Full Text
The Distance Imperative: A Different Way of Thinking about Public Official Corruption Investigations/Prosecutions and the Federal Role, 42 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 207 (2011). Full Text
Confrontation and Hearsay Issues in Federal Court Terrorism Prosecutions of Gitmo Detainees-Moussaoui and Paracha as Harbingers, 75 Brooklyn Law Review 1067 (2010). Full Text
Ten Questions on National Security (with others), 34 Journal of National Security Forum 5007 (2008).
Introduction: The Military Commissions Saga, 5 Journal of International Criminal Justice 2-9 (2007).
Developments in U.S. Anti-Terrorism Law: Checks and Balances Undermined, 4 Journal of International Criminal Justice 1117-36 (2006).
The Material Support Terrorism Offenses: Perspectives Derived from the (Early) Model Penal Code, 1 Journal of National Security Law and Policy 5-35 (2005).
Addressing the Tension Between the Clergy-communicant Privilege and the Duty to Report Child Abuse in State Statutes, 44 Boston College Law Review 1127-66 (2003).
Unpacking the Power of an Ante-litigation Limitation on Consultation-for-advice/Treatment Evidentiary Privileges, 21 QLR 1089-1137 (2003).
Reform of Professional Relationship Evidentiary Privileges, A Proposal for a New Paradigm, 17 Bar Ilan Law Studies 55-89 (2002).
Exploring Limits on the Use of Administrative Agencies in the Felony Criminal Process, 33 Israel Law Review 539-574 (1999).
Contributor, in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution: Supplement II and 1st ed. (edited by Leonard W. Levy, Kenneth L. Karst et al., Macmillan, 1986, 1998).
Tribute, Melville B. Nimmer: A Special Kind of Man, 1 UCLA Entertainment Law Review 4-6 (1994).
A New Proposal for Limiting Private Civil RICO, 37 UCLA Law Review 1-28 (1989).
The New Ancillary Offenses, 1 Criminal Law Forum 1-39 (1989).
Organizational Crime Statutes in the United States, in Gevurot le-Shimon Agranat i-xxxviii (Graf-Pres, 1986). Essays in Honor of Shimon Agranat.
Federal Criminal Law Enforcement, in 2Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice 779-85 (edited by S. Kadish, Free Press, 1983).
Prosecution: Prosecutorial Discretion, in 3Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice 1272-86 (Free Press, 1983).
Criminal Liability of Corporate Officers for Strict Liability Offenses: A Comment on Dotterweich and Park, 28 UCLA Law Review 463-77 (1981). Reprinted in Criminal Law and the Corporate Counsel 313-27 (edited by Abraham Abramovsky, Harcourt-Brace, 1981).
Comment: Some Observations on Basic Research on Administrative Procedure and the Idea of a Procedural Continuum, 32 Administrative Law Review 99-106 (1980). Symposium: Empirical Research in Administrative Law.
Assessing the Federal Government’s “War” on White-Collar Crime, 53 Temple Law Quarterly 984-1008 (1980). Symposium: White-Collar Crime.
Administrative Law Judge Systems: The California View, 29 Administrative Law Review 487-523 (1977).
Liberty at Bay: The Supreme Court and Search and Seizure, 10 Center Magazine 16-20 (1977).
Prosecutorial Charge Decision Systems, 23 UCLA Law Review 1-56 (1975).
Constitutional Limitations on Law Enforcement, in ABA High School Law Program: Attorney’s Source Book (Young Lawyers Section, American Bar Association, 1973).
Internal Policy: Guiding the Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion, 19 UCLA Law Review 1-58 (1971).
Interpreting the Criminal Code Ordinance, 1936: The Untapped Well, 7 Israel Law Review 25-64 (1971).
Comment on Assimilated Offenses: Section 209, in 1Working Papers 78-103 (National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws, 1970).
Report on Fugitive Felon Statute: Section 1310, in 1Working Papers 552-66 (National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws, 1970).
Report on Jurisdiction, in 1Working Papers 33-66 (National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws, 1970).
Justice Peters and the Criminal Law, 57 California Law Review 563-76 (1969).
Federal Aid to State and Local Law Enforcement: Implications of a New Federal Grant Program, 43 Notre Dame Lawyer 871-88 (1968). Reprinted as Federal Aid to State and Local Law Enforcement: Implications of a New Federal Grant Program, in The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society (edited by Henry S. Ruth, Jr. et al., De Capo, 1971).
Coordination of State Prosecutorial Functions, in Task Force Report: The Courts 75-79 (President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, 1967).
Professional Crime, in Task Force Report: Assessment-Crime in America 96-101 (President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, 1967).
White Collar Crime, in Task Force Report: Assessment-Crime in America 102-9 (President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, 1967).
The California Highway Patrol: Jurisdiction, Procedure and Personnel Practice, in 17Transcripts, Depositions, Consultants Reports, and Selected Documents of the Governor’s Commission on the Los Angeles Riots 1-11 (Governor’s Commission on the Los Angeles Riots, 1966).
California (with Bernard Petrie), in 2Defense of the Poor in Criminal Cases in American State Courts 57-87 (American Bar Foundation, 1965).
Objections to the Unobjectionable: A Critique of Savelli v. Board of Medical Examiners, Administrative Procedure Bulletin 1 (1964).
Conspiracy and Multi-Venue in Federal Criminal Prosecutions: The Crime Committed Formula, 9 UCLA Law Review 751-818 (1962).
Legislative Powers of Administrative Authorities: The Rule of Law, 36 Los Angeles Bar Bulletin 158-62, 169-77 (1961).
Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research for Israel’s Legal Development: Its Operation and Methods, in Report on Current Research on the Middle-East 23-31 (1958).
Supreme Court No-Clear-Majority Decisions: A Study in Stare Decisis, 24 University of Chicago Law Review 99-156 (1956). (Co-author)
Waiver of Jury Unanimity: Some Doubts About Reasonable Doubts, 21 University of Chicago Law Review 438-46 (1954).