Peter A. Joy

Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law; Director, Criminal Justice Clinic


A.B., 1974, Youngstown State University
J.D. 1977, Case Western Reserve University

Curriculum Vitae




Dorothy Campbell -  (314) 935-7964

Phone / Email

Phone(314) 935-6445
Email: joy@wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 587

Courses Taught

Criminal Justice Clinic
Legal Profession
Comparative Ethics Seminar
Trial Practice & Procedure


Professor Peter A. Joy is well known for his work in clinical legal education, legal ethics, criminal justice, and trial practice. As director of the Criminal Justice Clinic, he supervises student-lawyers who provide direct legal representation to clients and work with experienced public defenders on criminal matters. In addition to his clinical work and teaching, Professor Joy has written extensively and presented nationally and internationally on legal ethics, lawyer and judicial professionalism, clinical legal education, and access to justice issues. He served as Vice Dean from 2010 to 2012, and was the inaugural director of the law school’s Trial & Advocacy Program from 2002 to 2006. Professor Joy is a recipient of the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Pincus Award for outstanding contribution to clinical legal education. He currently is a member of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar's Accreditation Committee; and a former executive committee member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Professional Responsibility Section, which he chaired in 2011; former chair of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education; a board member of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT); former president of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA); and former member of the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review from 2005-2011. He is a contributing editor of ABA Criminal Justice where he co-authors an ethics column. Before becoming a law professor, he was of counsel at Meckler & Meckler in Cleveland, Ohio, and he started his legal career as National Co-Director for the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (LSCRRC) in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been recognized by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer for more than 30 years.

Representative Publications

Forthcoming Scholarship

  • "Confronting Prosecutors With Their Own Words?," in ABA Criminal Justice (Summer 2014)

Recent Books

  • Do No Wrong: Ethics for Prosecutors and Defenders (with K.C. McMunigal), ABA (2009)

Recent Articles and Essays

  • "Innocent Defendants Pleading Guilty" (with Kevin C. McMunigal), 30 Criminal Justice 45 (2015) [SSRN]
  • "The Ethics of Prosecutorial Disclosure" (with Kevin C. McMunigal), 30 Criminal Justice 41 (2015) [SSRN]
  • "Race Matters in Jury Selection," 109 Northwestern University Law Review 180 (2015) [SSRN]
  • "Ethics in Criminal Advocacy," The State of Criminal Justice 2015 (Mark E. Wojcik ed., 2015)
  • "Systemic Barriers to Effective Assistance of Counsel in Plea Bargining" (with Rodney J. Uphoff), 99 Iowa Law Review 2103 (2014) [SSRN]
  • "Law Schools and the Legal Profession: A Way Forward," 46 Akron Law Review 177 (2014) Article 
  • "Prosecutors' Disclosure Obligations in the U.S.," 42 Hitotsubashi Journal of Law & Politics 51 (2014) (with B. Green)
  • "Waivers of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel as Condition of Negotiated Pleas," 29 ABA Criminal Justice 32 (Spring 2014)
  • "The Ethics of Talking to the Media," 28 ABA Crimnal Justice 17 (Winter 2014)
  • "Supervisors, Subordinates, and Sanctions" (with K. McMunigal), 28 ABA Criminal Justice 43 (Fall 2013)
  • "Internet Marketing" (with K. McMunigal), 28 ABA Criminal Justice 43 (Fall 2013)
  • "The Criminal Discovery Problem: Is Legislation a Solution?," (with K. McMunigal), 52 Washburn Law Journal 37 (2012)
  • "Why Lawyers Should Assess Lawyers' Ethics," 15 Legal Ethics 405 (2012)
  • "The Cost of Clinical Legal Education," 32  Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice 309 (2012)
  • "Ethical Concerns of Internet Communications" (with K. McMunigal), 27 ABA Criminal Justice 45 (Winter 2012)
  • "Client or Prospective Client: What’s the Difference?" (with K. McMunigal), 27 ABA Criminal Justice 51 (Fall 2012)
  • "The Ethical Risks of Technology" (with K. McMunigal) 27 ABA Criminal Justice (Summer 2012)
  • "Does the Lawyer Make a Difference?" (with K. McMunigal) 27 ABA Criminal Justice 46 (Spring 2012)
  • "Government Interference with Law School Clinics and Access to Justice:  When Is There a Legal Remedy?," 61 Case Western Reserve Law Review 1087 (2011)
  • "Rationing Justice by Rationing Lawyers," 37 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 205 (2011)
  • "Contingent Rewards for Prosecutors," 26 ABA Criminal Justice 55 (Fall 2011)
  • "The Problem of Plagiarism as an Ethics Offense," 26 ABA Criminal Justice 56 (Summer 2011)
  • "Confidentiality and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims," 26 ABA Criminal Justice 42 (Winter 2011)
  • "Ensuring the Ethical Representation of Clients in the Face of Excessive Caseloads," 75 Missouri Law Review 771 (2010)
  • "Kneecapping’ Academic Freedom: Attacks on Law School Clinics" (with R. Kuehn), 69 Academe (2010) [view article] 
  • "Constructing Systemic Safeguards Against Informant Perjury," 7 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 677 (2010)
  • "Deceit in Defense Investigations" (with K. McMunigal), 25 ABA Criminal Justice 36 (Fall 2010)
  • "Corporate Miranda Warnings" (with K. McMunigal), 25 ABA Criminal Justice 47 (Summer 2010)
  • "Do Two Wrongs Protect a Prosecutor?" (with K. McMunigal), 25 ABA Criminal Justice 23 (Spring 2010)
  • "ABA Explains Prosecutor’s Ethical Disclosure Duty" (with K. McMunigal), 24 ABA Criminal Justice 41 (Winter 2010)

Recent Book Chapters

  • "Ethics: Criminal Practice and the Media" (with K. McMunigal), in Media Coverage in Criminal Justice Cases (Taslitz ed. ABA, 2013)
  • "Ethics in Criminal Advocacy," (with E. Yaroshevsky) in The State of Criminal Justice 2012 (Raeder ed. ABA, 2013) 
  • "Ethics in Criminal Advocacy," in The State of Criminal Justice 2011 (Raeder ed. ABA, 2012) 
  • "Ethics in Criminal Advocacy," (with E. Yaroshevsky) in The State of Criminal Justice 2010 (Raeder ed. ABA, 2011) 
  • "Japan’s New Clinical Programs: A Study in Light and Shadow," Global Clinical Movement-Educating Lawyers for Social Justice (ed. F.S. Bloch), Oxford University Press (October, 2010)
  • "Ethics in Criminal Advocacy" (with E. Yaroshevsky), in The State of Criminal Justice 2010 (ed. M. Raeder, ABA (2010)