Anthony M. Dillof
Office: Room 3253
Telephone: (313) 577-9450
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A.B., Harvard University
J.D., LL.M., Columbia University
Advanced Topics in Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure I
Criminal Procedure II
Law and Economics
Professor Dillof currently teaches Torts, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure. In the past, he has taught Civil Rights and Jurisprudence. These classes complement his scholarly interest in exploring the forms of justice that underlie our civil, criminal, and constitutional law systems.
Professor Dillof earned a B.A. in philosophy from Harvard University. At Columbia University School of Law, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the law review. He worked at the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles before taking a position as a law clerk for the Honorable William C. Canby, a judge on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then served as special legal assistant for the Immigration Law Task Force of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he was responsible for drafting a lawyers’ guide to the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
Professor Dillof later joined the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel. There, as a member of the General Litigation Division, he handled a wide range of civil matters including civil rights, employment, education, homeless, and class-action litigation. In the Environmental Division, he was involved in high-profile law suits involving challenges to New York City’s recycling, solid waste disposal, and sewage treatment programs. As a member of the Appeal Division, he argued many cases before state and federal appellate courts. These appeals concerned the scope of municipal tort liability, first amendment issues, standards of attorney misconduct, and matters of substantive criminal law.
In 1994, Professor Dillof was selected as one of only three participants in Columbia University School of Law’s Associate of Law fellowship program. The program is designed to provide training for prospective law teachers. During the two-year fellowship, Professor Dillof developed curriculum and taught Legal Writing and Research. Based on his research on hate crime laws, he was awarded a master of laws degree from Columbia in 1996. He subsequently joined the faculty at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law where he coached the school's moot court team and organized a student chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a Pro Bono Criminal Law Project. In 1999, he was a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Since 2002, he was been a member of the faculty of Wayne State University Law School.
Professor Dillof has published articles in many of the nation's leading law journals. These articles include:
Doomed Steamers and Thin Skulls: The Problem of Preempted Innocent Risks in Torts
Modal Retributivism: A Theory of Sanctions for Attempts and Other Criminal Wrongs
Unraveling Unlawful Entrapment
Unraveling Unknowing Justification
Putting Hate in Its Place: The Codification of Bias Crime Statutes in a Modern Penal Code
Transferred Intent: An Inquiry Into the Nature of Criminal Culpability
Punishing Bias: An Examination of the Theoretical Foundations of Bias Crime Statutes
Professor Dillof's interests outside of law include chess, aerogami, book collecting, and the performative aspects of contemporary popular music.
- October 25, 2010
Anthony Dillof has been selected to partipate in the Humanities Center Resident Scholars Program.
- May 31, 2010
Anthony Dillof attended the Law and Society Association Conference. There he served as chair and discussant on the panel, "Author Meets Reader - Victims' Rights and Victims' Wrongs: Comparative Liability in Criminal Law." He also presented his paper "Modal Retributivism: A Theory of Sanctions for Attempts and Other Criminal Wrongs" on the "Topics in Criminal Law Theory" panel.
- December 23, 2008
Anthony Dillof served as moderator for the McJustice Syposium, organized by the Wayne Law Journal of Law in Society.
- July 28, 2008
Anthony Dillof was interviewed on W-JR radio regarding the legal ramifications of a recently passed Michigan law requiring that paroled aggravated stalkers wear global position monitoring devices.
- February 28, 2008
Anthony Dillof moderated a Wayne Law Review symposium panel, "Reforming the Consequences: Deportation in 'Crimmigration' and Other Contexts."
- January 14, 2008
Anthony Dillof appeared on a panel at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting. The panel was entitled, "Voluntary Manslaughter: New Thoughts on an Old Crime." Professor Dillof moderated the panel.
- Anthony Dillof was interviewed on Michigan Radio about the University of Michigan Board of Regents ordering an external investigation into the child pronography reporting delay.
- Anthony Dillof was featured in the Flint-Genesee Legal News in an article titled "Criminal law experts believes in the value of ‘live and learn.'" Dillof shares his expertise on Torts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Rights and Jurisprudence, topics that complement his scholarly interest in exploring forms of justice that underlie our civil, criminal, and constitutional law regimes.
- Anthony Dillof was quoted by Natalie Lombardo in Michigan Lawyers Weekly in an article titled "Michigan judge uses shame sentencing: 'Shame on you'" on June 2, 2008.