Thaddeus Hoffmeister

Professor of Law
Full-Time Faculty
School of Law


Before joining the faculty at the University of Dayton School of Law, Professor Hoffmeister spent four years in the U.S. House of Representatives serving as a legislative director, counsel and subcommittee staff director. He also clerked in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson. In addition, he served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) working in Korea, Japan and Washington, D.C.

Besides teaching, Professor Hoffmeister serves as an Acting Judge in Dayton Municipal Court. In addition, he edits two blogs that examine 
Juries and Social Media. Professor Hoffmeister has also been frequently quoted and interviewed in traditional and online media.

On joining the Dayton Law faculty in 2007, Professor Hoffmeister said, "I found the university to be a very warm and welcoming place."

Courses Taught

LAW 6112 Criminal Procedure Investigation
LAW 6215 Federal Criminal Law
LAW 6216 Criminal Procedure Adjudication
LAW 6510 Nuremberg Trials
LAW 6543 Social Media Law
LAW 6850 International Law
LAW 6950 Criminal Law Clinic


LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
B.A., Morgan State University

Areas of Law

Criminal Law
International Law
Internet Law
Legislation and Juries

Selected Publications

Investigating Jurors in the Digital Age: One Click at a Time, 60 University of Kansas Law Review 611 (2012).

Google, Gadgets, and Guilt: The Digital Age’s Effect on Juries, 83 University of Colorado Law Review 409 (2012).

Applying the Rules of Discovery to Information Uncovered About Jurors, 59 UCLA Law Review Discourse 28 (2011).

An Insurrection Act for the 21st Century, 39 Stetson Law Review 861 (2010) (Symposium) (Peer reviewed and selected for presentation at AALS annual conference).

Resurrecting the Grand Jury’s Shield: The Grand Jury Legal Advisor, 98 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1171 (2008).

Social Media in the Courtroom: A New Era for Criminal Justice?  (Praeger 2014)

Book Chapter
Crimes, Prosecution and Evidence, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW (PLI 2013) (updated annually)

Media Expertise