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Jody L. Madeira

Professor of Law and Louis F. Niezer Faculty Fellow
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jmadeira[at] indiana[dot]edu
(812) 856-1082
Baier Hall 314
B.A. at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 1997
M.S. at Georgetown University, 1999
J.D. at University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2003
Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Comm., 2007
Law and Medicine (B619)
Reproduction, Childhood and the Law (B529)
Seminar in Law and Medicine (L796)
Torts (B531)
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  • Earned her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law; elected to the Order of the Coif; and served as Senior Articles Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law
  • Clerk, Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago (2004-2005)
  • Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Harvard University (2005-2007)
  • Research Associate, Capital Punishment Research Initiative, University of Albany School of Criminal Justice
  • Recipient, Federalist Society Searle Young Legal Scholars Research Fellowship, 2011-12
  • Recipient, Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award, 2015

Professor Madeira joined the Indiana Law faculty in the fall of 2007. Her scholarly interests primarily involve the intersection of law and emotion in criminal and family law. Madeira's new book, Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure, applies collective memory to criminal prosecution and sentencing, exploring the ways in which victims' families and survivors came to comprehend and cope with the Oklahoma City bombing through membership in community groups as well as through attendance and participation in Timothy McVeigh's prosecution and execution. She is also actively involved in empirical research projects assessing patient decision making and informed consent in assisted reproductive technology (ART).

Additionally, Madeira investigates the effects of legal proceedings, verdicts, and sentences upon victims' families; the role of empathy in personal injury litigation; and the impact of recent developments in capital victims' services upon the relationship between victims' families and the criminal justice system.

After graduating from law school, Professor Madeira clerked for the Hon. Richard D. Cudahy at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She then came to Harvard as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law, where she taught legal research and writing as well as a seminar on the cultural life of capital punishment. Madeira also recently served as a Research Associate at the Capital Punishment Research Initiative at the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of New York.

Jody L. Madeira
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