Floyd F. Feeney
Rm. 1118 King Hall
- B.S. History, Davidson College 1955
- J.D., New York University 1960
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"Students often experience emotions when they open and see chapters headed 'murder' or other heinous crimes in their criminal law casebooks for the first time. The actual practice of criminal law, however, is not always as it is portrayed in novels and film," said Floyd Feeney. "Criminal law in the real world is dramatic and fascinating, but it is also very human," said Feeney. "The victims of crime have real blood and real injuries and defendants are complicated human beings. Some are wholly innocent, some are guilty but themselves victims, and others have life histories that are as sad as the harm they cause their victims." The criminal lawyer must often try to make sense of "wildly conflicting stories and mind-boggling gaps in information," Feeney said. He or she must deal sympathetically with victims, witnesses and defendants, and above all, translate the abstractions of the law into something juries can readily understand. "Criminal law presents superb opportunities to serve as a trial attorney in the courtroom, as a guarantor of basic liberties and as a creator of a better society."
Floyd Feeney is the Homer and Ann Berryhill Angelo Professor of Law and Director of the LL.M. Program. He is a graduate of Davidson College (B.S. History 1955) and the New York University School of Law (J.D. 1960). At Davidson, he served as President of the Student Body. At the NYU Law School he was a Root-Tilden Scholar, editor-in-chief of the law review, and received the Sommer Award as outstanding graduate for 1960.
A former law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (1961 Term), he served as Deputy Special Counsel for the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity (1962-63), Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Agency for International Development (1963-1966), and Assistant Director, President's Crime Commission (1966-67).
He came to UC Davis in 1968 as Professor of Law. From 1968 until 1986, he also served as Executive Director of the Center on Administration of Criminal Justice. During 1983-84, he was Director of the London Office of the Vera Institute of Justice.
The author of seven books and numerous articles, he has received awards from the National Institute of Justice and the California Probation, Parole, and Correctional Association. A Fulbright scholar at the University of Augsburg (Germany) in 1995-96, he has taught and lectured in China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. His consulting and evaluation projects include work for the National Institute of Justice, the National Center for State Courts, the British Home Office, the California Legislature, the American Bar Association's European and Eurasian Law Initiative, the Police Foundation and numerous individual criminal justice agencies. In 2000-2001 he served as legal advisor to the Speaker's Commission on the California Initiative Process.... Close
Special InterestsCriminal Law And Procedure, Election Law
Selected Career Highlights
- Law Clerk for Justice Black, U.S. Supreme Court, 1961
- Assistant Director of President's Crime Commission, 1967
- Pepperdine Award for Outstanding Contribution to Corrections from the California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association
- Director of the London Office of the Vera Institute of Justice, 1983-84
- Co-author (with Dubois) of Improving the Initiative Process
- American Criminal Procedure: An Introduction and Selected Readings, (Beijing: China University of Political Science and Law 2003) (co-edited with Liling Yue, 2003, in Chinese).
- German and American Prosecutions: An Approach to Statistical Comparison, (Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1998).
- Improving the California Initiative Process: Options for Change, (California Policy Seminar, 1992) (with P. Dubois).
- Arrests Without Conviction: How Many and Why They Occur, (C(U.S. Government Printing Office, 1983) (with F. Dill & A. Weir).
- The Police and Pretrial Release, (Lexington Books, 1982).
- Juvenile Diversion Through Family Counseling: An Exemplary Project Handbook, (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1976) (with R. Baron).
- "Ethical Issues in Criminal Defense: The United States Experience,", 26 Hitotsubashi Journal of Law and Politics 3 (1998) (arrangements have also been made for republication in a Chinese journal).
- Criminal Law Across Borders, Chinese Journal of Juvenile Delinquency (1997) (with Mark Ma) (in Chinese) (Qing Shao Nian Fan Zui Yanjiu).
- Summary Proceedings in Penal Matters in the United States, 42 Am. J. Comp. L. 747 (1994) (with L. Herman).
- A Voter Survey about the California Ballot Pamphlet, 5 CPS Brief No. 14 (August 1993) (with P. Dubois & E. Costantini).
- The Constitutional Framework of the Representative System in the United States: Basic Principles and New Issues, J. of Centro de Estudios Parlamentarios, Fundacion Mexicana Cambio XXI (1993) (in Spanish).
- Improving the California Initiative Process, 3 CPS Brief No. 10 (November 1991) (with P. Dubois).
- Public Defenders, Assigned Counsel, Retained Counsel: Does the Type of Criminal Defense Counsel Matter?, 42 Rutgers L. J. 361 (1991) (with P. Jackson).
- Evaluating Trial Court Performance, 12 Justice System J. 148 (1987); Reprinted in Handbook of Court Administration and Management (New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1993).
- Defense Disclosure in the Magistrates' Courts, 49 Mod. L. Rev. 593 (1986) (with J. Ba
- Japanese Criminal Justice--Some Brief Comparisons, 31 Crime & Delinquency 627 (1985).
- Advance Disclosure of the Prosecution Case, 17 Home Office Res. Bull. 5 (1984).
- The Impact of Court Delay on Remands in Custody and Some Possible Remedies, in Transcript of JUSTICE Conference on Time and Crime 52 (London: JUSTICE, 1984).
- The Prevention and Control of Robbery, 13 Criminology 102 (1975) (with A. Weir).
- A Comparative Description of the New York and California Criminal Justice Systems: Arrest Through Arraignment, 26 Vand. L. Rev. 973 (1973) (with J. Woods).
- Preventing Delinquency Through Diversion, Fed. Probation 13 (March 1973) (with R. Baron & W. Thornton); reprinted in Back on the Street: The Diversion of Juvenile Offenders
- Citation in Lieu of Arrest: The New California Law, 25 Vand. L. Rev. 367 (1972).
- Teaching Law to the Police Officer, 16 Police 25 (January 1972).
- Elections for President and Congress: The Constitution and the Federal Election Commission, in Tomo I Derecho Constitucional Comparado: Mexico-Estados Unidos 337 (J. Smith, ed. 1990) (in Spanish).
- Robbers as Decision-Makers, in The Reasoning Criminal 53 (R. Clarke and D. Cornish, eds.) (Springer-Verlag, 1986).
- Advance Disclosure of the Prosecution Case, in Managing Criminal Justice (D. Moxon, ed.) (Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1985).
- Interdependence as a Working Concept, in Managing Criminal Justice (D. Moxon, ed.) (Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1985).
- Burglary and Robbery, in Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice (The Free Press, 1983).