Samuel H. Pillsbury

Professor of Law
Frederick J. Lower Fellow

AB, with honors, Harvard College
JD, University of Southern California, Order of the Coif, Graduated first in class
Certificate in Diaconal Studies, Episcopal Theological School at Claremont

Background

A newspaper reporter before attending law school, after graduation Pillsbury served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr. He then worked as an Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division in Los Angeles.  He joined the Loyola faculty in 1986. 

Public Service

  • Volunteer Chaplain, Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Los Angeles
  • Co-creator,  Strong and Free Inside, program for juveniles at juvenile hall in Sylmar, California 

Selected Scholarship

  • How Criminal Law Works: A Conceptual and Practical Guide (Carolina Academic Press 2009)
  • Judging Evil: Rethinking the Laws of Murder and Manslaughter (NYU 1998)(paper ed. 2000).
  • Fear and Trembling in Criminal Judgment, reviewing James Q. Whitman, The Origins of Reasonable Doubt: Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial (Yale 2009) 7 Oh.St. J. Crim. L. 828 (2010).
  • Misunderstanding Provocation, 43 U.Mich. J. L. Ref. 143 (2009).
  • Review/Essay, Learning From Forgiveness, 28 Criminal Justice Ethics 135 (2009).
  • Valuing the Spoken Word: Public Speaking for Lawyers, 34CapitalUniv. L. Rev. 517    (2006)
  • Speaking the Language of Evil in Minding Evil: Explorations of Human Iniquity (M. Breen ed. Rodopi 2005). 
  • A Problem in Emotive Due Process: California's Three Strikes Law, 6 Buffalo Crim. L.  Rev. 483 (2002).
  • Crimes Against the Heart: Recognizing the Wrongs of Forced Sex, 35 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 845 (2002).
  • Review Essay, A Rough Country Guide: Double Jeopardy, Doctrine and Realism, Review of George C. Thomas, Double Jeopardy: The History, The Law, 20 Criminal Justice Ethics 52 (2001).
  • Intoxication, Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice (2d ed. 2001)
  • Harlan, Holmes, and the Passions of Justice, in The Passions of Law  (S. Bandes ed. NYU 2000)(paper ed. 2001).
  • Time, TV, and Criminal Justice: Second Thoughts on the Simpson Trial, 33 Criminal Law Bulletin 3 (1997).
  • Crimes of Indifference, 49 Rutgers L. Rev. 105 (1996).
  • Why Are We Ignored? The Peculiar Place of Experts in the Current Debate about Crime and Justice, 31 Crim. L. Bull. 305 (1995).
  • The Meaning of Deserved Punishment, 67 Indiana L. J. 719 (1992).
  • Evil and the Law of Murder, 24 U.C. Davis L.Rev. 437 (1990).
  • Emotional Justice: Moralizing the Passions of Criminal Punishment, 74 Cornell L. Rev. 655 (1989), reprinted in Criminal Law (T. Morawetz ed. 1991).
  • Understanding Penal Reform: The Dynamic of Change, 80 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 726 (1989). 
Fiction
  • Mission to California (Perspective Publishing, 2003)
  • The Invasion of Planet Wampetter (Perspective Publishing, 1995)
  • Conviction, a novel (Walker, 1992)