Professor of Law
Michael T. Cahill
Rutgers Law School
217 N 5th St
Camden, NJ 08102

Michael T. Cahill's primary area of expertise is criminal law; he has also written about health law and policy. His published work includes several books and numerous articles and book chapters, and he has been involved with several criminal-code reform projects. Before coming to Rutgers in July 2016, he taught at Brooklyn Law School (2003-16) and Chicago-Kent College of Law (2002-03).

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Michael T. Cahill joined the Rutgers Law School faculty as co–dean and Professor of Law in July 2016.

Before coming to Rutgers, Cahill was a tenured faculty member at Brooklyn Law School, where he also served as associate dean for academic affairs (2010–13) and as vice dean (2013–15). During his time in Brooklyn Law’s administration, Cahill was involved in nearly every aspect of the school’s operation, including curricular oversight and reform, support for faculty research, admissions and financial-aid policy, budgetary planning, supervision of administrators and staff, maintenance and improvement of school facilities, external relations, and fundraising.

Cahill received a B.A. from Yale University and J.D. and M.P.P. degrees from the University of Michigan. After graduating from law school, where he was a note editor for the Michigan Law Review, he served as a law clerk to Judge James B. Loken of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was then involved as staff director and consultant, respectively, for major criminal-code reform projects in the states of Illinois and Kentucky.

Cahill’s scholarship focuses primarily on criminal law, though he has also written and taught courses about health law and policy. His criminal-law work includes three books written with Paul H. Robinson: the general one-volume treatise Criminal Law (Aspen, 2d ed. 2012), the student casebook Criminal Law: Case Studies and Controversies (also with Shima Baradaran Baughman; Wolters Kluwer, 4th ed. 2016), and Law Without Justice (Oxford University Press, 2006). Cahill’s work has also appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, Texas Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and American Journal of Law and Medicine, among other publications.

Before joining the Brooklyn Law School faculty in 2003, Professor Cahill taught at Chicago-Kent College of Law as a visiting assistant professor of law.



Criminal Law: Case Studies and Controversies (Wolters Kluwer, 4th ed. 2016) (with Paul H. Robinson and Shima Baradaran Baughman).

Criminal Law (Aspen Treatise Series, 2d ed. 2012) (with Paul H. Robinson).

Law Without Justice: Why Criminal Law Doesn’t Give People What They Deserve (Oxford University Press 2006) (with Paul H. Robinson).

Articles and Book Chapters:

The Meaning(s) of Punishment (work in progress).

Mistake of Law as Nonexculpatory Defense (work in progress).

Inchoate Offenses, in The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law (Markus Dubber & Tatjana Hörnle eds., Oxford University Press 2014).

Punishment Pluralism, in Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy (Mark D. White ed., Oxford University Press 2011).

Competing Theories of Blackmail: An Empirical Research Critique of Criminal Law Theory, 89 Tex. L. Rev. 291 (2010) (with Paul H. Robinson and Daniel M. Bartels).

Attempt by Omission, 94 Iowa L. Rev. 1207 (2009).

Retributive Justice in the Real World, 85 Wash. U. L. Rev. 815 (2007).

Attempt, Reckless Homicide, and the Design of Criminal Law, 78 U. Colo. L. Rev. 879 (2007).

Punishment Decisions at Conviction: Recognizing the Jury as Fault-Finder, 2005 U. Chi. Legal F. 91 (solicited for symposium).

The Accelerating Degradation of American Criminal Codes, 56 Hastings L.J. 633 (2005) (with Paul H. Robinson).

Pegram’s Regress: A Missed Chance for Sensible Judicial Review of Managed Care Decisions, 27 Am. J.L. & Med. 421 (2001) (with Peter D. Jacobson).

The Five Worst (and Five Best) American Criminal Codes, 95 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1 (2000) (with Paul H. Robinson and Usman Mohammad).

Applying Fiduciary Responsibilities in the Managed Care Context, 26 Am. J.L. & Med. 155 (2000) (with Peter D. Jacobson) (solicited for symposium).

Essays and Shorter Works:

Extortion and Blackmail, in Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Jay S. Albanese ed., Wiley-Blackwell 2014).

Politics and Punishment: Reactions to Markel’s Political Retributivism, 1 Va. J. Crim. L. 167 (2012) (solicited response).

Defining Inchoate Crime: An Incomplete Attempt, 9 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 751 (2012) (peer-evaluated journal; solicited for symposium).

Grading Arson, 3 Crim. L. & Phil. 79 (2009) (peer-evaluated journal; solicited for symposium).

A Fertile Desert?, in Criminal Law Conversations 43 (Paul H. Robinson et al. eds., Oxford University Press 2009).

Criminal Law’s “Mediating Rules”: Balancing, Harmonization, or Accident?, 93 Va. L. Rev. In Brief 199 (2007) (discussing Richard A. Bierschbach & Alex Stein, Mediating Rules in Criminal Law, 93 Va. L. Rev. 1197), available online at

Introduction: Three Perspectives on Criminal Justice, 13 J.L. & Pol’y 181 (2005).

Offense Grading and Multiple Liability: New Challenges for a Model Penal Code Second, 1 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 599 (2004) (peer-evaluated journal).

Can a Model Penal Code Second Save the States from Themselves?, 1 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 169 (2003) (with Paul H. Robinson) (peer-evaluated journal; solicited for symposium).

Book Notice, Caring for Justice, by Robin West, 96 Mich. L. Rev. 1884 (1998).

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