Thaddeus Hoffmeister

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Thaddeus Hoffmeister

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

  • Full-Time Faculty


Thaddeus Hoffmeister serves as associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at the University of Dayton School of Law (UDSL). As associate dean, he determines the curriculum and class schedule, counsels students regarding classes, and oversees the academic functions and general administration of the School of Law. As a professor of law, he teaches courses related to criminal law, technology, and the jury. He also directs the UDSL Criminal Law Clinic where his students represent indigent clients charged with criminal offenses. Prior to joining UDSL, Dean Hoffmeister worked on Capitol Hill, clerked for a federal judge, and served in the military. 

Dean Hoffmeister has published a number of law review articles, essays, editorials and lengthier writings exploring the criminal justice system, litigation, and social media. His most recent book is entitled Social Media in the Courtroom.  In addition to his academic publications, Dean Hoffmeister edits two blogs. His first blog, Juries, which has been continuously published since 2008, focuses on the various issues that arise with jurors and the jury process. His second blog, Social Media Law, examines social media’s impact on the legal system.

Dean Hoffmeister has been widely cited in various media outlets ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the Wall Street Journal to Wired magazine.  He has also made numerous appearances on both television and radio programs.

Outside of his work in academia, Dean Hoffmeister teaches legal seminars, serves as a mediator in federal court, and works as an Acting Judge in Dayton Municipal Court.  He was a jury consultant on several high-profile cases, including U.S. v. Barry Bonds. Dean Hoffmeister has also taught a wide range of CLE-related courses to law students, practicing attorneys, and judges.

Dean Hoffmeister obtained a B.A. in French from Morgan State University, a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to practice law in CA, DC, IN and OH.

Courses Taught

LAW 6112 Criminal Procedure Investigation
LAW 6215 Federal Criminal Law
LAW 6216 Criminal Procedure Adjudication
LAW 6510 Nuremberg Trials
LAW 6543 Social Media Law
LAW 6850 International Law
LAW 6950 Criminal Law Clinic


LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
B.A., Morgan State University

Areas of Law

Criminal Law
International Law
Internet Law
Legislation and Juries

Selected Publications

Investigating Jurors in the Digital Age: One Click at a Time, 60 University of Kansas Law Review 611 (2012).

Google, Gadgets, and Guilt: The Digital Age’s Effect on Juries, 83 University of Colorado Law Review 409 (2012).

Applying the Rules of Discovery to Information Uncovered About Jurors, 59 UCLA Law Review Discourse 28 (2011).

An Insurrection Act for the 21st Century, 39 Stetson Law Review 861 (2010) (Symposium) (Peer reviewed and selected for presentation at AALS annual conference).

Resurrecting the Grand Jury’s Shield: The Grand Jury Legal Advisor, 98 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1171 (2008).

Social Media in the Courtroom: A New Era for Criminal Justice?  (Praeger 2014)

Book Chapter
Crimes, Prosecution and Evidence, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW (PLI 2013) (updated annually)

Media Expertise