Justin Marceau

(303) 871-6449

Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Advanced Criminal Procedure
Constitutional Litigation
Animal Law

Professor and Animal Legal Defense Fund Professor of Law
Criminal Law and Procedure
Constitutional Law
Environmental and Natural Resources Law

B.A., summa cum laude, 2000, Boston College (Philosophy)
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law

Justin F. Marceau is Professor of Law and the Animal Legal Defense Fund Professor. He serves as the reporter for the pattern criminal jury instruction committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and as an inaugural member of the animal welfare committee (PAW) formed by a proclamation of the Governor of Colorado to advise the First Gentleman on strategies for improving the protection of animals in Colorado. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Justice for Animals Award and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar’s Gideon Award.

Prior to coming to DU, Marceau was an assistant federal public defender specializing in capital habeas and a law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before law school he spent a year living and working in Cairo, Egypt.

Marceau’s research focuses on criminal law and constitutional law, particularly as those areas intersect with social change. He specifically writes in the areas of Habeas Corpus, Constitutional Law, and Animal Law. His current research is at the intersection of animal law and criminal law.

His work has appeared in some of the leading academic publications, including the Cambridge University Press, the Yale Law Review, and the Columbia Law Review. He has lectured on his research in the U.S. and in Europe, has been retained as an expert witness in criminal and civil cases, and received grants and awards for his research from a variety of organizations. He has also maintained a law practice while teaching at DU, representing indigent persons, persons sentenced to death, and a wide range of public interest non-profits. He also frequently authors or contributes to amicus briefs.

Marceau received a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Boston College. He enjoys running, wildlife viewing, and watching the Big Lebowski.

Featured Publications

Gideon’s Shadow, 122 Yale L. J. 2482 (2013).

Is Guilt Dispositive? Federal Habeas after Martinez, 55 William & Mary Law Review 2071 (2014).

Killing for your Dog, 83 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 943 (2015).

High Value Lies, Ugly Truths and the First Amendment, co-authored with Alan Chen, 69 Vand. L. Rev. 1435 (2015).

Free Speech and Democracy in the Video Age, co-authored with Alan Chen, 116 Colum. L. Rev. 991 (2016).

How the Animal Welfare Act Harms Animals, 69 Hastings Law Journal 925 (2018).


  • ANIMAL PROTECTION AND CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • THE DEATH PENALTY IN A NUTSHELL, FIFTH EDITION (Thomson/West Publishing 2016) (with Victor Streib and Sam Kamin).
  • CASES AND MATERIALS ON THE DEATH PENALTY, FOURTH EDITION (Thomson/West Publishing 2016) (with Nina Rivkind, Steven Shatz, and Sam Kamin).
  • FEDERAL HABEAS CORPUS: CASES AND MATERIALS, 2d. ed. (Carolina Academic Press 2011) (with Andrea Lyon, Emily Hughes, and Mary Prosser).
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