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Joshua Dressler
Adjunct Professor

Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: 614-688-3145
Fax: 614-292-2035


Joshua Dressler, who holds the Frank R. Strong Chair in Law at The Ohio State University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law, is one of the country's most respected authorities on the subjects of criminal law and criminal procedure. Before joining the Moritz faculty in 2001, Dressler held the first Distinguished Professor and Scholar Chair at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he was also honored with the University Eberhardt Teaching and Scholar Award. Before that, he taught at Wayne State University, where he received the Donald H. Gordon Teaching Excellence Award, and at Hamline University, at which he received the Best Professor award from the student body.

Due to Dressler's international renown, he has been a Visiting Professor at some of the nation's best known law schools, including University of Michigan, University of California, UCLA, University of California at Davis, and the University of Iowa, before coming to Fordham.  He has also taught courses at the University of British Columbia, Seattle University, and University of Auckland in New Zealand.

In 2005, Dressler received the honor of giving a University Distinguished lecture, on the subject of battered women, to the Ohio State University community. And, in 2007, he received  the Univeristy Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University.  Dressler is also a frequently invited speaker at law schools and conferences throughout this country, the United Kingdom, and Europe.  He is also called upon by local, national, and international media to comment on important criminal justice matters.

Dressler's scholarship is substantial. He is the author of casebooks in the fields of criminal and criminal procedure, the former of which is now used by professors at approximately 120 American law schools. His treatises in the field are frequently cited by scholars and courts. He is also the author of more than fifty scholarly articles and book chapters, published in the United State and United Kingdom. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, and was instrumental in creating the respected Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, of which he now serves as co-editor.

As a member of the American Law Institute, Dressler presently serves on the Members Consultative Group working on revisions to the Model Penal Code sentencing provisions. He also serves on the Law School Advisory Board of the Thomson-West Publishing Company's American Casebook Series.


•B.A., U.C.L.A., 1968 (magna cum laude)

•J.D., U.C.L.A., 1973 (Order of the Coif)