Julia Simon-Kerr

Professor of Law
Professor Simon-Kerr headshot.
Office: Hosmer 301


  • Evidence Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Literature & the Law
  • Law and Gender

Julia Simon-Kerr is a Professor of Law at UConn School of Law where she teaches Evidence, Civil Procedure and Law & Lying. Professor Simon-Kerr is a leading evidence scholar, whose scholarship focuses on credibility and lying in the law. In her published work on credibility, she has explored how gender influences the types of evidence being used to impeach witnesses, how much of United States credibility doctrine rests on outmoded proxies for social worthiness, and how the law reflects deeply-held societal conceptions of what makes people believable. She is currently working on a project that envisions how big data will shape the future of credibility in the law.

Professor Simon-Kerr’s work has been cited and relied on by several federal Courts of Appeals as well as by the Supreme Courts of Connecticut and South Carolina. She is a co-chair of the Evidence Summer Workshop at Vanderbilt University, and serves as the academic advisor to the Connecticut Code of Evidence Committee. Professor Simon-Kerr also has written on education law, gender and the law, and law and literature. Her paper Systemic Lying was selected for the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. In 2021 she was the recipient of the Perry Zirkel '76 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Simon-Kerr received her undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University where she won the Camp Prize for excellence in English literature. A 2008 graduate of Yale Law School, she joined the Law School faculty after two years as a Bigelow Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Simon-Kerr clerked for Justice Jaynee LaVecchia of the New Jersey Supreme Court and Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Julia Ann Simon-KerrRelevance Through a Feminist Lensin Philosophical Foundations of Evidence Law(Alex Stein, et. al., eds. Oxford University Press) (forthcoming 2021)

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr, Unmasking Demeanor, 88 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Arguendo 158 (2020)

Julia Ann Simon-KerrUncovering Credibility, in Oxford Handbook of Law and Humanities (Bernadette Meyler, et. al. eds., Oxford University Press) (2019)

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr, Public Trust and Police Deception, 11 Northeastern Univ. L. Rev. 625 (2019) (Innocence Scholarship Symposium)

Julia Ann Simon-KerrCredibility by Proxy, 85 G.W. L. Rev. 152 (2017)

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr, Systemic Lying, 56 Wm & Mary L. Rev. 2175 (2015)

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr and Anthony J. Casey, A Simple Theory of Complex Valuation, 113 Mich. L. Rev. 115 (2015)

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr, Moral Turpitude, 2012 Utah L. Rev. 1001 (2012)

Recent Faculty Notes
Julia Simon-Kerr Cited by Supreme Court of South Carolina
Apr 6, 2021 -

Professor Julia Simon-Kerr's article "Moral Turpitude" was cited extensively by the Supreme Court of South Carolina in its decision in Baddourah v. McMaster, filed March 10, 2021. The case concerned Governor Henry McMaster's decision to suspend Mohsen Baddourah from his role as a member of the Columbia City Council after Baddourah was indicted for domestic violence. The court found for McMaster, holding he did hold the power to suspend Baddourah.

Julia Simon-Kerr to Speak at AALS Event
Dec 30, 2020 -

Julia Simon-Kerr will speak on the "Unregulated Evidence" panel at the AALS virtual annual meeting. The panel is co-sponsored by Civil Rights, Minority Groups, Law & Social Science, and Criminal Justice Sections and will explore how unregulated evidence affects the trial, and whether the current system should change. Register here. 

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