DOUGLAS A. BERMAN
Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law
Professor Berman’s principal teaching and research focus is in the area of criminal law and criminal sentencing and rapidly-evolving drug laws and regulations, with a special emphasis on the intersection of these issues. In addition to authoring numerous publications on topics ranging from capital punishment to the federal sentencing guidelines, Professor Berman has served as an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter for more than a decade, and is the sole creator and author of two widely-read and widely-cited blogs: Sentencing Law and Policy and Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform.
Professor Berman is frequently consulted by national and state policymakers, sentencing commissioners, and public policy groups concerning sentencing law and policy reforms. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and before numerous sentencing commissions. Professor Berman has appeared on national television and radio news programs and has been extensively quoted in major newspaper articles, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Legal Times, and in pieces from the Associated Press, Reuters, and Knight-Ridder news services.
Prior to joining the faculty of the Moritz College of Law, professor Berman was a litigation associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison in New York City and served as a law clerk for Judge Jon O. Newman and then for Judge Guido Calabresi, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
Jana Hrdinová is the Administrative Director of the Drug Enforcement and Policy center. Prior to joining DEPC, Jana was an Associate Director at the Ohio State center for Real Estate, where she was responsible for managing the center’s activities and a Program Associate at Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she was responsible for project development, planning, implementation, management, analysis, and writing. Prior to entering the academic world, Jana worked for U.S. Senator (Minnesota) Mark Dayton as deputy director for constituent services concentrating predominantly on immigration issues and advised Senator Dayton on immigration, worker’s compensation, and postal service policy issues. Jana holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.