Professor Roberts is a scholar of evidence and criminal procedure, with articles published or forthcoming in journals that include the University of Chicago Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Alabama Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review, and a book chapter forthcoming with the Oxford University Press.
Roberts’s scholarship focuses on assumptions and stereotypes that contribute to, and are fueled by, criminal records. This scholarly focus has embraced implicit juror bias, discrimination in jury selection, exclusion from juries on the basis of criminal convictions, and (in a trilogy of articles) prior conviction impeachment A forthcoming article examines the widespread tendency to treat arrests as equivalent to guilt.
Two of Professor Roberts's articles have been selected by the Academic Advisory Board of the Getting Scholarship into Court Project for inclusion on its "must read" list, and a third was one of four articles selected from the 2015 Call for Papers of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS).
Roberts has analyzed contemporary criminal justice issues for a variety of media outlets, and in a series of pieces on criminal justice website In Justice Today. Her work on prior conviction impeachment was featured on evidence podcast "Excited Utterance," and she has testified about jury exclusion on the basis of criminal records at the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Professor Roberts is visiting from Seattle University, where she is an Associate Professor of Law. She teaches, or has taught, Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Torts, and Contemporary Topics in Criminal Law, and was recently awarded a Fellowship at NYU Law's Experiential Learning Lab.
Roberts began her academic career as an Acting Assistant Professor in NYU School of Law’s Lawyering Program. Her practice experience includes several years as a public defender with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Before that, she clerked for The Honorable Constance Baker Motley, in the Southern District of New York.
Professor Roberts holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge, where she graduated first in her class in Classics, earning a Starred First with Distinction. She graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law, where she was a Dean's Scholar, a Florence Allen Scholar, and a Member of the Order of the Coif.
Arrests as Guilt, 60 ALA. L. REV. (forthcoming 2019)
Jurors' Reactions to Implicit Biases: Are Informational Interventions Effective?, in CRIMINAL JURIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE AND THE LAW (Cynthia Najdowski & Margaret Stevenson, eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018)
The Missing American Jury: Restoring the Fundamental Constitutional Role of the Criminal, Civil, and Grand Juries by Suja A. Thomas, 132 POL. SCI. Q. 179 (2018) (review)
Dismissals as Justice, 69 ALA. L. REV. 327 (2017)
Reclaiming the Importance of the Defendant's Testimony: Prior Conviction Impeachment and the Fight Against Implicit Stereotyping, 83 U. CHI. L. REV. 835 (2016)
Conviction by Prior Impeachment, 96 B.U. L. REV 1977 (2016)
Asymmetry as Fairness: Reversing a Peremptory Trend, 92 WASH. U. L. REV. 1503 (2015)Impeachment by Unreliable Conviction, 55 B.C. L. REV. 563 (2014)
Casual Ostracism: Jury Exclusion on the Basis of Criminal Convictions, 98 MINN. L. REV. 592 (2013)Disparately Seeking Jurors: Disparate Impact and the (Mis)use of Batson, 45 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1359 (2012)
(Re)forming the Jury: Detection and Disinfection of Implicit Juror Bias, 44 CONN. L. REV. 827 (2012)
Judges Who Help Us Expand Our "Crabbed View" of Justice Beyond Criminal Prosecution (Feb. 8, 2018)
Will the Most Controversial Rule of Evidence be Reformed? (Dec. 6, 2017)
Prior Conviction Impeachment: Is Reform Finally Afoot? (Sept. 26, 2017)
A Victory for Racially Inclusive Juries in Washington (Sept. 5, 2017)
Guerrilla Guide to Teaching Evidence (co-created with Jocelyn Simonson) (Sept. 5, 2017)
Foster v. Chatman: An Egregious Batson Violation (and a SCOTUS Reversal) (May 24, 2016)
Should the Supreme Court Abolish Peremptory Strikes? (Oct. 30, 2015)
Juries, Implicit Bias, and the Silencing of Criminal Defendants (Aug. 7, 2015)