Professor Drinan joined the faculty in 2006 as a visiting professor and scholar-in-residence. She joined the full-time faculty in the fall of 2007. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and a seminar on Gender, Law and Policy.
Before coming to the law school, Professor Drinan was an adjunct professor at George Mason University, where she taught Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights. Prior to joining the academy, as a litigator in private practice, Professor Drinan worked on a wide range of issues, including federal regulatory compliance matters, contract disputes, employment matters, civil rights issues, a patent infringement suit, and an Oklahoma death penalty appeal.
Professor Drinan holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College, an M.A. from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She was a 1995 recipient of a Truman Scholarship and a 1997 recipient of a Marshall Scholarship.
Professor Drinan's scholarship focuses on criminal justice reform, with a particular emphasis on access to justice, juvenile justice and the death penalty.
Research and Writing
Select Academic & Professional Presentations
- Invited Symposium Participant, Washington & Lee University School of Law (November 2012)(Gideon at Fifty)
- Invited Symposium Participant, Georgia State University College of Law (January 2012)(Clemency in a Time of Crisis)
- Roundtable Participant, AALS/ABA Criminal Justice Legal Educators Colloquium (October 2011)(Clemency in a Time of Crisis)
- Panelist, Law & Society Conference (June 2011) Graham on the Ground
- Invited Speaker, William & Mary Law School (March 2011)(The Indigent Defense Crisis: Reform at the Macro and Micro Level)
- Invited Speaker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (March 2011)(Why Lawyers Matter: Pursuing National Indigent Defense Reform)
- Invited Speaker, American University, Washington College of Law (September 2010)(Paths to Indigent Defense Reform)
- Invited Symposium Speaker, University of Tennessee College of Law (May 2010)(Systemic Litigation as a Solution for Excessive Workloads)
- Invited Colloquium Speaker, University of Georgia Law School (October 2009)(The National Right to Counsel Act: A Legislative Solution to the Nation’s Indigent Defense Crisis)
- Invited Speaker, AALS New Law Teachers Conference (June 2008-June 2011)(speaking on variety of teaching issues)