Judith L. Ritter
Professor of Law

B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
J.D., Georgetown University School of Law

E-mail: jlritter@widener.edu
Phone: 302.477.2121

Judith L. Ritter is Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Widener's Delaware campus. Professor Ritter received a B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979, where she was a member of the Law and Policy in International Business Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Ritter served as a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, Mineola, New York from 1979-86; Clinical Staff Attorney, Rutgers, Newark, New Jersey, from 1986-90; Associate Counsel, Community Service Society of New York, New York City, New York, from 1990-93; and Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Hofstra University from 1993-1994.

Professor Ritter joined the faculty at Widener as Associate Professor of Law in 1994 and has served as Professor of Law since 2004. Professor Ritter is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and she teaches and writes in the areas of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Post Conviction Remedies.

Professor Ritter has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the AALS Section on Clinical Education, Clinical Legal Education Association, and Volunteer Counsel, Center for Legal Education, Advocacy and Defense Assistance.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Growin' Up: An Assessment of Adult Self-Image in Clinical Law Students, 44 Akron L. Rev. 137 (2011)
  • Your Lips Are Moving... But the Words ArenĀ¹t Clear: Dissecting the Presumption That Jurors Understand Instructions, 69 MISSOURI L. REV. 163 (2004).
  • The X Files: Joint Trials, Redacted Confessions and Thirty Years of Sidestepping Bruton, 42 Vill. L. Rev. 855 (1997).
  • Criminal Trials of Co-Defendants: The United States Supreme Court Clarifies the Rules, 20 Pa. B. Ass'n Q. 25 (1999).
  • Recent Decision, Prejudgment Attachment As a Means of Reaching Foreign Securities: Inter-Regional Financial Group, Inc. v. Hashemi, 10 Law & Pol'y Int'l Bus. 1017 (1978).