Judith A.M. Scully
Professor of Law
B.A., University of Chicago
J.D., George Washington University National Law Center
Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Criminal Trial Practice
Judith A.M. Scully has been a law professor since 1996. She joined the Stetson University College of Law in 2009 as a tenured full professor. From August 2011 until May 2017, she served as the William Reese Smith Distinguished Professor of Law for the purpose of developing public service, pro bono and professionalism programs for Stetson law students. For several years she directed the Stetson Law School Innocence Initiative which focused on the representation of individuals wrongfully convicted and incarcerated. She is the founder and co-director of Stetson Law School's Social Justice Advocacy Concentration program and the Alliance for Advocacy and Philanthropy. She currently co-chairs the St. Petersburg Higher Education for Racial Equity (SPHERE) Consortium and was a founding co-chair of the Florida Law Schools' Consortium on Racial Justice from 2020-2022.
She teaches courses in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Social Justice Advocacy, as well as seminars related to Race and American law and international human rights.
Prior to teaching, Professor Scully managed her own law firm in the City of Chicago where she primarily represented plaintiffs in civil rights cases and defendants in criminal cases. She has served as an arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, an administrative law judge for the Cook County Commission on Human Rights and was the Deputy Director of the Board of Ethics for the City of Chicago.
She has written several articles on eugenics, forced sterilization, and contraceptive abuse. Her work on reproductive rights has been presented at various international forums, including the International Women’s Health and Human Rights Meeting in New Delhi, India; the 8th International Women’s Health Conference in Brazil; and the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing. In 1990, as a member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, Professor Scully worked with the African National Congress (ANC) to help draft the constitution for a Free and Democratic South Africa. Her suggestions for protecting women’s reproductive rights were the basis of South Africa’s constitutional provision guaranteeing a woman’s right to reproductive choice.
Her scholarship which also focuses on race and the criminal legal system has appeared in the Wisconsin International Law Journal, Columbia University Law School’s race law journal, the UCLA Women’s Law Journal, the Toledo Law Review, the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties and the Encyclopedia of the United States Supreme Court.
She is a passionate advocate for racial justice, women's rights and criminal legal reform.