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Michael T. Cahill

Professor of Law and Emeritus President & Dean
250 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7901

J.D., University of Michigan
M.P.P., University of Michigan
B.A., Yale University

Areas of Expertise
Criminal-Code Drafting
Criminal Juries
Criminal Law
Sentencing Law and Policy


Michael T. Cahill resumed his full-time faculty role on July 1, 2023 after four years as President and Joseph Crea Dean of Brooklyn Law School and, before that, three years as Co-Dean and Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School. Prior to departing in 2016 to assume the Rutgers deanship, he was a member of the Brooklyn Law faculty for 13 years, during which time he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2010-13) and as Vice Dean (2013-15).

Dean Cahill’s scholarship focuses primarily on criminal law, though he has also written about and taught courses in health law and policy. His criminal-law work includes three books written with Paul H. Robinson: the general one-volume treatise Criminal Law (Aspen, 2d ed. 2012), the student casebook Criminal Law: Case Studies and Controversies (also with Shima Baradaran Baughman; Wolters Kluwer, 4th ed. 2016), and Law Without Justice (Oxford University Press, 2006). Cahill’s work has also appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, Texas Law Review, Iowa Law ReviewWashington University Law Review, and American Journal of Law and Medicine, among other publications.

Dean Cahill received J.D. (magna cum laude) and M.P.P. degrees from the University of Michigan and his B.A. from Yale University. After graduating from law school, where he was a note editor for the Michigan Law Review, he served as a law clerk to Judge James B. Loken of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He then was involved as staff director and consultant, respectively, for major criminal-code reform projects in the states of Illinois and Kentucky. Before joining the Brooklyn Law School faculty in 2003, Professor Cahill taught at Chicago-Kent College of Law as a visiting assistant professor of law.