Lisa Kern Griffin

Professor of Law


Lisa Kern Griffin’s scholarship and teaching focus on evidence, constitutional criminal procedure, and federal criminal justice policy. Her latest article, “Stories in Adjudication” (forthcoming in The Georgetown Law Journal) won the AALS Criminal Justice Section’s award for best paper by a junior scholar. She also recently authored “Criminal Lying, Prosecutorial Power, and Social Meaning,” which was published in the California Law Review, and “Compelled Cooperation and the New Corporate Criminal Procedure,” which appeared in the New York University Law Review. Some of Professor Griffin’s other publications concern political corruption prosecutions, the Supreme Court’s Confrontation Clause jurisprudence, and the construction of mens rea in white collar cases. Her current projects explore the relationship between interpretations of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments in terms of the treatment of accuracy as an animating principle, and the status and significance of silence at various stages of the criminal justice process.

Professor Griffin joined the Duke Law faculty in 2008 and was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a member of the American Law Institute and has testified before the United States Congress on proposed revisions to the mail and wire fraud statutes. Prior to coming to Duke, Professor Griffin taught at the UCLA School of Law. She graduated from Stanford Law School, where she served as President of the Stanford Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After law school, she clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States. Professor Griffin also spent five years as a federal prosecutor in the Chicago United States Attorney's Office.