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 Circuit Courts of Appeals as well as by the Connecticut Supreme Court. 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. She had a paper selected for the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum in 2014.

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-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)

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr, Note, Unchaste and Incredible: The Use of Gendered Conceptions of Honor in Impeachment, 117 Yale Law Journal 1854 (2008)

Recent Faculty Notes
Julia Simon-Kerr to Speak on Credibility
Apr 29, 2020 -

Professor Julia Simon-Kerr will speak about credibility and evidence at the Unavailability Workshop on May 7, 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT. The online workshop is sponsored by the Excited Utterance podcast, offering scholarly content and connections during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recent In The Media
Julia Simon-Kerr in Daily Journal: Face Masks and Juror Credibility in the Coronavirus Pandemic (Jul 21, 2020)