Jessica Roth

Associate Professor of Law


B.A., 1992, Harvard-Radcliffe College;
J.D., 1997, Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

Corporate & White-Collar Crime
Criminal Law


Jessica Roth teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law and evidence, with a particular interest in the allocation of decision-making responsibility in the criminal justice system between police, prosecutors, judges, and juries.  Her scholarship has appeared in the UCLA Law Review and the Washington University Law Review, among other publications.  From 2010 to 2014, Professor Roth served as a Reporter for an ABA Task Force that revised the ABA's Criminal Justice Standards on Fair Trial-Free Press issues.  She current serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Innocence Project and the National Center for Access to Justice. She is also a member of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, which addresses obstacles formerly incarcerated people face upon re-entering society.  


Prior to joining Cardozo, Professor Roth served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2002 to 2009, where she specialized in violent crime and later securities fraud.  Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Denise Cote of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, and for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr., of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She also worked at the law firm of Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, P.C., where she was the 1999-2001 John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law.   She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Harvard College.