Wayne State University
Anthony M. Dillof
Anthony M. Dillof
Associate Professor of Law
Room 3253
(313) 577-9450


LL.M., J.D. Columbia University
A.B., Harvard University 


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 U.S. 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. His interests outside of law include chess, aerogami, book collecting, and the performative aspects of contemporary popular music.


Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Doomed Steamers and Thin Skulls: The Problem of Preempted Innocent Risks in Torts,30 Georgia State L. Rev. 703 (2014).

Review: R.A. Duff and Stuart P. Green (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law, Notre Dame Philosophical reviews,

Modal Retributivism: A Theory of Sanctions for Attempts and Other Criminal Wrongs, 45 Richmond. L. Rev. 467 (2011).

Unraveling Unlawful Entrapment, 94 J. Crim. L. & Crim. 827 (2004).

Unraveling Unknowing Justification, 77 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1547 (2002).

The Importance of Being Biased, 98 Mich. L. Rev. 1678 (2000) (book review).

Putting Hate in Its Place: The Codification of Bias Crime Statutes in a Modern Penal Code, 4 Buff. Crim. L. Rev. 341 (2000) (Model Penal Code Symposium issue).

Transferred Intent: An Inquiry Into the Nature of Criminal Culpability, 1 Buff. Crim. L. Rev. 501 (1998) (New Voices in Criminal Theory symposium issue).

Punishing Bias: An Examination of the Theoretical Foundations of Bias Crime Statutes, 91 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1015 (1997).

Romer v. Evans and the Constitutionality of Higher Lawmaking, 60 Alb. L. Rev. 361 (1996).


October 3, 2014
Anthony M. Dillof presented a paper at the Buffalo Criminal Law Colloquium. The paper was "Possession, Child Pornography and Proportionality: Criminal Liability for Aggregate Harm Offenses."

January 5, 2014
Anthony M. Dillof organized and spoke on a panel at the annual conference of the Association of American Law Schools in New York. The panel was "Guns, Drugs and Child Pornography: The Problematics of Possessory Offenses." He gave a paper - "Posession, Proportionality and Child Pornography" - as well.


In The News

October 20, 2016
Anthony M. Dillof was quoted by Mlive for its report, "Jessica Heeringa and Baby Kate: Why 'no body' murder cases are difficult."

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December 7, 2014
Anthony M. Dillof posted comments in a law listserv that were re-quoted in St. Louis Public Radio report "Why It's So Hard To Hold Police Accountable For Excessive Force."

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October 23, 2014
Anthony M. Dillof was quoted in a VICE News article titled "Computer Generated 10-Year-Old Girl Ignites Ethical Debate with First Pedophile Conviction."

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