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Dorie Klein

Professor of Law | Englehardt Research Fellow


Contact Information


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2002
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • B.A., Swarthmore College, 1988

License to Practice

  • New York

Specialties and Courses

  • Criminal law
  • Evidence
  • Mental health law
  • Property
  • Theories of punishment


Klein joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2006. She regularly teaches Evidence and Criminal Law, and has developed new courses in Mental Health Law, the Law of Self-Defense, and Appellate Courts. Before coming to St. Mary’s, Klein was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Law.

Klein graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where she was an articles editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. Her legal experience includes serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Deborah Cook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and working as an associate in the New York law firms Cahill, Gordon and Reindel LLP and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy LLP.

Klein’s research focuses on topics at the intersection of law and psychology. She has written articles on the insanity defense, civil commitment, and competency to be executed, among others.