Thaddeus Hoffmeister

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Thaddeus Hoffmeister

Professor of Law

  • Full-Time Faculty


Professor Thaddeus Hoffmeister teaches courses related to criminal law, technology, and the jury. He also directs the UDSL Criminal Law Clinic where his students represent indigent clients charged with criminal offenses. Hoffmeister previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Hoffmeister has published a number of books, law review articles, and essays exploring juries, the criminal justice system, and the Internet. His most recent book is entitled Social Media Law in a Nutshell.

In addition to his academic publications, Hoffmeister edits two blogs. His first blog, Juries, which has been continuously published since 2008, focuses on the various issues that arise with jurors and the jury process. His second blog, Social Media Law, examines social media’s impact on the legal system.

Hoffmeister has been widely cited in various media outlets ranging from the New York Times to CNN to Wired magazine. He has also made numerous appearances on both television and radio programs.

Outside of his work in academia, Hoffmeister teaches legal seminars to practicing attorneys and judges, works as an Acting Magistrate Judge in Dayton Municipal Court, and serves as a Judge Advocate General in the National Guard. He has also been a jury consultant on several high-profile cases including U.S. v. Barry Bonds.

Prior to joining UDSL, Hoffmeister worked on Capitol Hill, served in the military on Active Duty, and clerked for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. Hoffmeister is admitted to practice law in California, Indiana, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.

Courses Taught

LAW 6904 Law and the Internet of Things
LAW 6107 Criminal Law
LAW 6215 Federal Criminal Law
LAW 6216 Criminal Procedure Adjudication
LAW 6510 Nuremberg Trials
LAW 6543 Social Media 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


Selected Publications


IoT and the Law (Prager) (Forthcoming)

Social Media Law in a Nutshell (West 2017)

Criminal Law (Wolters Kluwer 2016)

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

Book Chapters

Crimes, Prosecution and Evidence, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW (PLI 2016) (updated annually)

Privacy, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW (PLI 2016) (updated annually)


Law Review Articles

Deterring Juror Misconduct in a Connected World: A Comparative Analysis, 90 Chicago Kent Law Review 981 (2015)

“Liking” the Social Media Revolution, 17 SMU Science & Technology Law Review 507 (2014)

The Challenges of Preventing and Prosecuting Social Media Crimes, 35 Pace Law Review 115 (2014)

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).

Media Expertise