Meredith Martin Rountree

Visiting Assistant Professor


Meredith Martin Rountree teaches and writes on criminal law and the criminal justice system, with particular attention to issues involving mental illness.  She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and a seminar on Law & Society scholarship.

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • Rights in Detention
  • Law of Death and Dying
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Law and Society


Selected Publications

  • Criminals Get All the Rights: The Sociolegal Construction of Different Rights to Die in 105 journal of criminal law & criminology 149 (2015).
  • Law and Loss: Notes on the Legal Construction of Pain in 41 american journal of criminal law 133 (2014).
  • Volunteers for Execution: Directions for Further Research into Grief, Culpability, and Legal Structures in 82 umkc law review 295 (2014).
  • Overlooked Guidelines: Using The Guidelines To Address The Defense Need For Time and Money in 41 hofstra law review 623 (Spring 2013) (with Robert C. Owen).
  • “I’ll Make Them Shoot Me”: Accounts of Death Row Prisoners Advocating for Execution in 46 law & society review 589 (2012).

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  • BA, Yale University
  • JD, Georgetown University
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Prior Appointments

  • Co-Director, Capital Punishment Clinic, University of Texas Law School

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