Susan R. Klein

  • Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law


  • JD University of California-Berkeley
  • BA Wellesley College

Susan Riva Klein is the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law at the University Of Texas School Of Law. Upon graduation from Boalt Hall School of Law second in her class, she clerked for Judge Cynthia H. Hall on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and spent four years as a federal criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Dept. of Justice through the Attorney General's Honor Program. While in the Criminal Division, she rotated through the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture section, the Public Integrity Unit, Terrorism & Violent Crimes, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. She is now a nationally prominent scholar in the fields of criminal procedure, federal criminal law, sentencing, and prosecutorial ethics. Her many articles have appeared in top ten law journals and have been cited by the SCOTUS. She is co-author of Abrams, Beale, & Klein, "Federal Criminal Law and Its Enforcement (6th ed., West 2015), a widely adopted casebook at many law schools. Professor Klein is active in educating state and federal judges, prosecutors, and the defense bar. She is the Chief Reporter for the Committee to Redraft the Fifth Circuit Pattern Jury Instructions, Criminal (West 1997, 2001, 2012, and 2015), and also currently serves on the State Bar of Texas standing committee on Pattern Jury Charges - Criminal. The first eight volumes of instructions have been published by the State Bar of Texas between 2009 and 2015. Professor Klein has consulted on numerous high-profile criminal cases such as State of Texas v. Kleinert, case No. 1:14-cr-00388-LY (WDTX); U.S, v. Hawilla, Cr. No. 14-609 (RJD) (EDNY) (the FIFA case); State of Texas v. Tom Delay, 410 S.W.3d 902 (Tex. App. 2013); and State of Texas v. The American Tobacco Co., No. 3-96CV91.

Recent Publications

  • Pattern Jury Instructions, Criminal Cases (chief reporter, Thomson Reuters, 2015).
  • Waiving the Criminal Justice System: An Empirical and Constitutional Analysis, 52 American Criminal Law Review 73 (2015) (with Aleza S. Remis & Donna Lee Elm).
  • Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions - Preparatory Crimes (State Bar of Texas, 2015) (with State Bar Committee on Pattern Jury Charges - Criminal).

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Recent Activities

  • "Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Cases"

    January 8, 2013

    "Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Cases," available on Video prepared by State Bar of Texas for High School students taking the U.S. gov't TEKS.

  • "Brady and Discovery"

    December 7, 2012

    What Works in the State and Federal Systems," presentation to 100 newly-elected Texas prosecutors, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, Austin, TX,

  • "Improving the Advisory Guideline System"

    February 16, 2012

    "Improving the Advisory Guideline System" (with Hon. Gerard Lynch, 2d Cir., Hon. Andre Davis, 4th Cir., Fed. Public Defender Henry Bemporad, Hearing before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Washington, D.C.

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