Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Profile

Robert A. Pugsley

Robert A. Pugsley

Professor of Law

B.A., Sociology, 1968, State University of New York, Stony Brook; J.D., 1975, LL.M., Criminal Justice, 1977 and Robert Marshall Fellow in Civil Liberties, 1976-78, New York University

Courses    Publications

Phone: (213) 738-6757
Office: BW413

Robert Pugsley has provided legal commentary on criminal law issues during numerous high profile trials through a vast array of media outlets. Over the past decade, his opinion has been sought by CNN, Voice of America Radio, and national network and local television news, as well as numerous radio news programs nationwide. He has also appeared on international television and radio programs airing in Canada, England, Scandinavia, and other parts of Europe, and has been quoted often by the Associated Press, ABA Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, among many other major publications.

"[Criminal Law] is current, always in the news, and provides for a more natural exchange in the classroom. The students' questions and observations are a constant source of intellectual stimulation."

Professor Pugsley's career as a legal educator began at New York University where he was a Robert Marshall Fellow in Civil Liberties. There he served as acting deputy director of the Criminal Law Education and Research Center and as a lecturer for the Advanced Criminal Law and Policy Seminar.

In 1978, Professor Pugsley moved to the West Coast to join the faculty at Southwestern where he teaches a range of criminal law courses and served for several years as the director of Southwestern's Summer Law Program in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was also founding faculty advisor to the law school's Public Interest Law Committee and its fundraising activities, a position he held for over a decade. In 2000, Professor Pugsley was named as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law. He enjoys teaching criminal law particularly because "it is current, always in the news, and provides for a more natural exchange in the classroom. The students' questions and observations are a constant source of intellectual stimulation." Professor Pugsley has written articles on legal ethics, jurisprudence, and criminal law issues, and has spoken on those topics before many professional and community organizations.



False Promises, 5 JOURNAL OF LAW IN SOCIETY 117 (Fall 2003)

Successful Pregnancy Prevention Program For Addicts Remains Under Siege, 5 JOURNAL OF LAW IN SOCIETY 155 (with J. Murphy; Fall 2003)

Drug Courts in the United States: A Report Card On Their First Ten Years of Operation, THE REFORMER (December 1998)

Legal Truth Not Real Truth, L.A. JEWISH WEEKLY (March 1997)

This Courtroom is Not a Television Studio: Why Judge Fujisaki Made the Correct Call in Gagging the Parties and their Lawyers, and Banning the Cameras from the O.J. Simpson Civil Trial, 17 LOYOLA OF LOS ANGELES ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL 369 (1997)

Striking Conclusions: What Can We Learn From the 'Romero' Decision?, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (August 1996)

Law and Order - and Paying the Bill, DAILY NEWS (July 1995)

Prof. Pugsley's Scorecard, PASADENA STAR-NEWS, regular column on the O.J. Simpson case (1994-1995); also published in the SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE AND WHITTIER DAILY NEWS

¿Librar Reos Sin Rehabilitación Certificada? Sí, LOS ANGELES TIMES NUESTRO TIEMPO (December 1994)

A Reluctant Change of Heart About Capital Punishment, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (April 1992)

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Death Penalty: Recent Decisions, NEWSLETTER – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL U.S.A. LEGAL SUPPORT NETWORK (1984)

Prisons and Punishment, 19 THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS (September 1982)

A Retributivist Argument Against Capital Punishment, 9 HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW 1501 (1981)

Current Leading Issues in Criminal Law: Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia, 12 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 431 (1981)

The Criminal: His Weapon and Mind, LOS ANGELES TIMES (January 1981)

Against Capital Punishment, 13 THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR 39 (1980)

Discovering Spring on the West Coast, UCLA DAILY BRUIN (February 1980)

Unacceptable Barbarity?, THE COMMENTATOR (August 1980)

Retributivism: A Just Basis for Criminal Sentences, 7 HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW 379 (1979)

Reflections on January 17, 1977, 37 CHRISTIANITY AND CRISIS 15 (February 1977)

Selected Achievements

Member, Advisory Board, Project Prevention (1988-present)