Ric Simmons

Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professor for the Administration of Justice and Rule of Law
Ric  Simmons
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(614) 292-2829 Drinko 315

  • B.A., Stanford University, Political Science, 1990
  • M.A., Stanford University, International Policy Studies, 1991
  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1994

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Areas of Expertise:
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence

Professor Ric Simmons joined The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law faculty in 2003. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone Scholar and a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Laughlin E. Waters of the Central District of California.

Professor Simmons served for four years as an assistant district attorney for New York County and was an acting assistant professor at New York University School of Law from June 2000 through June 2003.

Professor Simmons is also the creator and editor of the website, which assists voters in choosing candidates in judicial elections. The website allows voters to take a quiz to determine their preferences for the type of judge they want and then provides a recommendation based on those preferences. The website also contains commentary about the judicial election process and a blog with current news regarding judicial election campaigns.

He teaches Evidence, Criminal Law, and the Prosecution Clinic.

Selected Publications:

  • Re-Examining the Grand Jury: Is there Room for Democracy in our Criminal Justice System?, 82 Boston University Law Review 1 (2002) (excerpted in Joshua Dressler & George C. Thomas, Criminal Procedure: Principles, Policies, and Perspectives (2d ed. 2002).
  • From Katz to Kyllo: A Blueprint for Adapting the Fourth Amendment to Twenty-First Century Technologies, 53 Hastings law Journal 6 (2002) (reprinted in Search and Seizure Law Report, Vol. 30, No. 5 (May 2003).
  • Can Winston Save Us from Big Brother? The Need for Judicial Consistency in Regulating Hyper-Intrusive Searches, 55 Rutgers Law Review 547 (Winter 2003).
  • Technology-Enhanced Surveillance by Law Enforcement Officials, 60 New York University Annual Survey of American Law 711 (2005).
  • Not “Voluntary” but Still Reasonable: A New Paradigm for Consensual Searches, 80 Indiana Law Journal 773 (2005).
  • The Two Unanswered Questions of Illinois v. Caballes: How to Make the World Safe for Binary Searches, 80 Tulane Law Review 411 (2006).
  • Conquering the Province of the Jury: Expert Testimony and the Professionalization of Fact-Finding, 74 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1013 (2006).
  • The Audience for an Evidence Class: Teaching to Litigators, Scholars, or Bar-Examinees? 50 St. Louis Univ. Law Journal 1063 (2006).
  • Why 2007 is not 1984: A Broader Perspective on Technology’s Effect on Privacy and the Fourth Amendment, 97 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (2007).
  • Private Criminal Justice, 42 Wake Forest Law Review 911 (2007).
  • Learning Evidence: From the Federal Rules to the Courtroom (with co-author Debby Merritt) (2009 West Publishing).