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Gerald S. Reamey

Professor Emeritus of Law


Contact Information


  • LL.M., Southern Methodist University, 1982
  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University, 1976
  • B.A., Trinity University, 1970

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Criminal Law (U.S. and Texas)
  • Criminal Procedure (Constitutional, Texas, and comparative)


Professor Gerald Reamey, is a graduate of Trinity University (B.A., 1970) and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1976; LL.M., 1982).

Prior to joining the faculty of St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1982, Reamey practiced law in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and served as the Legal Advisor for the Irving Police Department. The author of many books and law review articles, Reamey is a former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at St. Mary’s where he is Professor emeritus and the co-founder and former co-director of St. Mary’s Institute on World Legal Problems at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. The recipient of several teaching awards, including for his work in judicial education, Professor Reamey has been awarded the Culture Medal of Honor by the city of Innsbruck, Austria. He teaches, writes, and consults in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and law enforcement issues, and is a member of the Order of the Coif and the American Law Institute. Reamey has been a faculty member for Texas Municipal Courts Education Center programs since the founding of TMCEC. He is currently Judge of the Municipal Court of Shavano Park, Texas.


  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Vienna, Spring 2008
  • Frequent Co-Director, St. Mary’s Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria
  • San Antonio Bar Association Community Justice Program Excellence in Pro Bono Award, 2015
  • Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, 1993-97
  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Criminal Law of the University of Innsbruck, Austria, Spring, 1993
  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Vienna, Austria, Fall, 1999
  • Co-founder (1985), Associate Director (1989-2001) and Director (2001-2003), St. Mary’s Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Director, St. Mary’s Center for International Legal Studies, 1999-2004
  • Recipient of St. Mary’s Distinguished Faculty Award, 1992
  • Lecturer and consultant, Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, since 1985
  • Member, Executive Board of SMU Law School, 1991-1997

Honors and Awards

  • Life Member, American Law Institute (2021– present)
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Faculty Ring, University of Innsbruck, Austria, Faculty of Law (2018)
  • Best Case Note Award, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 1976
  • St. Mary’s Distinguished Faculty Member Award, 1992
  • Phi Delta Phi Award for Teaching Excellence, 1985
  • Graduating Class “White Hat” Award 1986
  • Student Bar Association Leadership Award, 1984
  • Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding Law Review Article Award, 2017
  • Culture Medal of Honor, City of Innsbruck, Austria, 2010
  • Excellence in Pro Bono Award, San Antonio Bar Association, 2015
  • Order of the Coif, 1976
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute, 1996



    (Carolina Academic Press 2023).
  • CRIMINAL OFFENSES AND DEFENSES IN TEXAS (The Harrison Company, Publishers (now Thomson/West), 1987; 2d ed. 1993; 3d ed. 2000, Annual supplements).
  • TEXAS CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (Academia Press, 1989; 2d ed. 1991; 3d ed. 1993; 4th ed.1996; 5th ed. 1999; 6th ed. 2001; 7th ed. 2003, 8th ed. 2006, 9th ed. 2008), 10th ed. 2010, 11th ed. 2013, 12th ed. 2016, 13th ed. 2018 (editions 1-4 with Steele, editions 5-12 with Bubany) .
  • A PEACE OFFICER’S GUIDE TO TEXAS LAW (Texas Police Association, 1985; 2d ed. 1987; 3d ed.1989; 4th ed. 1991 (with Coyle); 5th ed. 1993; 6th ed. 1995; 7th ed. 1997; 8th ed. 1999; 9th ed. 2001; 10th ed. 2003; 11th ed. 2005; 12th ed. 2007; 13th ed. 2009; 14th ed. 2011.
  • Texas Criminal Procedure: (editions 1-4 with Steele, editions 5-13 with Bubany)
  • EXCLUSION OF EVIDENCE WITHIN THE EU AND BEYOND (contributing author)(Höpfel & Huber, editors)(iuscrim – Max-Planck-Institut for Foreign and International Criminal Law 1999).

Articles in a Periodical

  • The Lawyer as Dream Enabler, __ St. Mary’s University School of Law Journal ___(2023)
  • Police Use of Force Laws in Texas, 52 St. Mary’s University School of Law Journal 1071 (2021)
  • Constitutional Shapeshifting: Giving the Fourth Amendment Substance in the Technology Driven World of Criminal Investigation, 14 STANFORD J. CIV. R. & CIV L. 201 (2018)
  • What’s Fear Got to Do With It?: The Armed and Dangerous Requirement of Terry, 100 MARQ. L. REV. 231 (2016)
  • Deadly Misunderstandings About Police Use of Deadly Force, TEXAS POLICE JOURNAL (March/April 2016)
  • The Truth Might Set You Free: How the Michael Morton Act Could Fundamentally Change Texas Criminal Discovery, or Not, 48 TEX. TECH L. REV. 931 (2016) [Winner, Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding Law Review Article Award for 2017]
  • The Value of Cooperative Ventures, FESTSCHRIFT HERWIG VAN STAA (Universitätsverlag Wagner 2014)
  • A History and Review of U.S. Whistleblower Legislation, PAPERS, “NEW CHALLENGES FOR ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF EU FINANCIAL INTERESTS” CONFERENCE (Austrian Association for European Criminal Law and the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Vienna, Austria, May, June 2014)
  • The Use of Anticipatory Warrants in Texas: The Porn’s in the Mail, 41 SEARCH AND SEIZURE LAW REPORT 1 (January 2014)
  • The Promise of Things to Come: Anticipatory Warrants in Texas, 46 BAYLOR L.REV. 473 (2012)
  • Innovation or Renovation in Criminal Procedure: Is the World Moving Toward a New Model of Adjudication?, 27 ARIZ. J. INT’L & COMP. L. 324 (2010)
  • Life in the Early Days of Lawyer Advertising: Personal Recollections of a Bates Baby, 37 ST. MARY’S L.J. 887 (2006)
  • The Growing Role of Fortuity in Texas Criminal Law, 47 S. TEX. L. REV. 59 (2005)
  • The “Suspicious Places” Exception to Texas’ Arrest Warrant Requirement: The Wild, Wild West Meets the New “New Federalism,” 28 SEARCH AND SEIZURE LAW REPORT 1 (January-February 2001)
  • Having It All: Pleading Guilty Without Forfeiting the Right to Appeal, 50 DOCKET CALL 1 (May, 2000)
  • Arrests in Texas’s “Suspicious Places”: A Rule in Search of Reason, 31 TEX. TECH L. REV. 931 (2000)
  • An Extradition Model for the EU: Interstate Rendition Within a Federal System, PAPERS, “THE FUTURE OF EXTRADITION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION” COLLOQUIUM (Institut für Strafrecht und Krimologie der Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2000)
  • Professor Steele’s Opus, 52 SMU L. REV. 703 (1999); 64 J. AIR L. & COM. 657 (1999)
  • Barratry: The Latest Chapter in the Fight for the Hearts and Minds (and Fees) of Clients, 18 HEADNOTES 3 (February 15, 1994)
  • Should America Consider Criminal Procedure Reform Based on the European Model?, PAPERS, RECHTVERGLEICHENDESSTRAFPROZESSRECHTSSEMINAR, (Irsee, Germany, 1993)
  • Client Solicitation in Texas, 17 HEADNOTES 4 (February 15, 1993)
  • Special Needs Analysis in Fourth Amendment Adjudication: the Denigration of Probable Cause, 19 SEARCH AND SEIZURE LAW REPORT 49 (1992)
  • Up in Smoke: Fourth Amendment Rights and the Burger Court, 45 OKLA L. REV. 57 (1992)
  • When “Special Needs” Meet Probable Cause: Denying the Devil Benefit of Law, 19 HASTINGS CONST. L.Q. 295 (1992)
  • The Crime of Barratry: Criminal Responsibility for a Breach of Professional Responsibility, 53 TEX. B.J. 1011 (1990)
  • Warrantless Arrest Jurisdiction in Texas: An Analysis and A Proposal, 19 ST. MARY’S L.J. 857 (1988) (with Harkins)
  • A Municipal Police Officer’s Jurisdiction to Arrest Without Warrant, ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE 1 (April, 1988)
  • The Permissible Scope of Automobile Inventory Searches in Texas in the Aftermath of Colorado v. Bertine: A Talisman is Created, 18 TEX. TECH L. REV. 1165 (1987) (with Bassett and Molchan)
  • Are Federal Civil Rights Suits Really a Threat to Law Enforcement?, TEXAS POLICE JOURNAL, April, 1986
  • New Jersey v. T.L.O.: The Supreme Court’s Lesson on School Searches, 16 ST. MARY’S L.J. 933 (1985)
  • Assaults on the Young and Old, COURSE MATERIALS, SPECIAL CRIMINAL LAW INSTITUTE: ASSAULT (Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 1984)
  • Legal Remedial Alternatives for Spouse Abuse in Texas, 29 HOUSTON L. REV. 1279 (1983) (reprinted in COURSE MATERIALS, SPECIAL CRIMINAL LAW INSTITUTE: ASSAULT (Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 1984))
  • Reevaluating the Vehicle Inventory, 19 CRIM. L. BULL., 325 (1983)
  • Defining the “Policy or Custom” Requirement of Monell, TEXAS POLICE JOURNAL, August, 1983; THE POLICE CHIEF, August, 1983
  • A Statutory Sentencing Alternative for Alcohol-Related Crimes, 12 VOICE FOR THE DEFENSE 12 (February, 1983) (reprinted in 9 THE MAGAZINE OF THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON ALCOHOLISM 14 (Fall, 1982))
  • Civil Liability and the First Line Supervisor, TEXAS POLICE JOURNAL, June, 1982
  • Courtroom Training – The Forgotten Phase of Police Work, TEXAS POLICE JOURNAL, July, 1981
  • City Defense of Police Officers: The Approach of Article 1269s, TEXAS POLICE JOURNAL, January, 1981 (Part I), February, 1981 (Part II)
  • Comment: Charter Air Travel: Paper Airplanes in a Dogfight, J. AIR L. & COM. 405 (1976)
  • Casenote: Allegheny Airlines, Inc. v. United States, 41 J. AIR L. & COM. 511 (1975)

Media Highlights

  • Take a Different View of Social Justice, San Antonio Express-News, Sept. 5, 2020
  • Our Justice System is Tilted Against Defendants, San Antonio Express-News, Sept. 26, 2015
  • Pardoning War Crimes Does Not Honor Those Who Serve, San Antonio Express-News, June 2, 1029.
  • Guest commentator on criminal justice topics, The Source, Texas Public Radio.
  • Bias Affects Us All – Civilians and Police, San Antonio Express-News, July 23, 2016

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