Professor Emeritus
Russell M. Coombs
Rutgers Law School
217 N 5th St
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6363
  • Biography
  • Publications
  • Expertise

Professor Coombs teaches courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, and sentencing. An expert in criminal law and procedure and in family law, he conceived and drafted the federal Parental Kidnaping Prevention Act.

A former chief counsel of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, Professor Coombs has published extensively on the Parental Kidnaping Prevention Act and issues of criminal law.  He also writes and periodically updates course materials, in which he summarizes and explains the readings he assigns in his various courses, in order to have sufficient time for student discussions of the realistic problems he presents to his classes.


A Third Parallel Primrose Path: The Supreme Court's Repeated, Unexplained, and Still Growing Regulation of State Courts' Criminal Appeals, forthcoming, Michigan State Law Review (2005)

Child Custody and Visitation By Non-Parents: A Rerun of Seize-and-Run, Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1999)

Med Doc Speaks No Evil, The Forensic Echo, vol. II, no. 10, p. 16 (Sep. 1998)

Perfecting a Blunder: Redefining Loss as the Main Gauge of Federal Sentences for Theft and Fraud, Fed. Sentencing Rep. (Feb. 1998)

Reforming New Jersey Evidence Law on Fresh Complaint of Rape, 25 Rut. L.J. 699 (1994)

Nuts and Bolts of the PKPA, 22 The Colorado Lawyer 2397 (1993)

Waking the Dormant PKPA in Colorado, 21 The Colorado Lawyer 2209 (1992)

Progress Under the PKPA, 6 Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 59 (1990)

Sexual Stereotypes Clutter Ruling, N.J. Law Journal, vol. CXXI, no. 7, p. 28, February 18, 1988

Guest Editorial, RICO Law Reporter, vol. 3, no. 3, March, 1986

Curbing the Child Snatching Epidemic, 6 Family Advocate 30 (1984) (editors error corrected at 7 Family Advocate 42 (1984))

Noncourt-Connected Mediation and Counseling in Child-Custody Disputes, 17 Family Law Quarterly 469 (1984)

Custody Conflicts in the Courts, 16 Family Law Quarterly 251 (1982)

Interstate Child Custody, 66 Minnesota Law Review 711 (1982)

The Snatched Child is Halfway Home in Congress, 11 Family Law Quarterly 407 (1978)

Hearsay Explaining Police Actions: The Proper Objection, 46 Kansas Bar Journal 157 (1977)

Witness Immunity and Felonious Conspiracy Legislation in Missouri, 27 Journal of the Missouri Bar 590 (1971)

Criminal Law Reform and the Law Reviews, 13 William & Mary Law Review 159 (1971)

The Organized Crime Control Act (5. 30) or Its Critics: Which Threatens Civil Liberties?, 46 Notre Dame Lawyer 55 (1970) (by McClellan with Blakey and Coombs)

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Sentencing