Andrea Roth


Andrea Roth joined the Boalt faculty in 2011. Before coming to Boalt, she was a Thomas Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School. Before Stanford, she worked for over eight years as a trial and appellate attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). At PDS she was a founding member of a Forensic Practice Group that studied and litigated forensic DNA typing, and has lectured nationally on forensic science-related issues. She is also a member of the Constitution Project’s National Committee on DNA Collection, and is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). Her research focuses on the use of forensic science in criminal trials, the continuing viability of the lay jury, and the ways in which pedigreed concepts of criminal procedure and evidentiary law must be retheorized in an era of science-based prosecutions. Her articles include “Machine Testimony,” 126 Yale L.J. 1972 (2017); “Trial by Machine,” 104 Georgetown L.J. 1245 (2016); “The Uneasy Case for Marijuana as Chemical Impairment Under a Science-Based Jurisprudence of Dangerousness,” 103 Cal. L. Rev. 841 (2015); “Defying DNA: Rethinking the Role of the Jury in an Age of Scientific Proof of Innocence,” 93 Boston U. L. Rev. 1643 (2013); “Maryland v. King and the Wonderful, Horrible DNA Revolution in Law Enforcement,” 11 Ohio St. L. J. 295 (2013); and “Safety in Numbers?: Deciding When DNA Alone Is Enough To Convict,” 85 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1130 (2010). She is also a contributing author to the Scientific Evidence treatise (with Giannelli, Imwinkelried, Moriarty).

In 2017, Roth was the recipient of the annual UC Berkeley campus-wide Prytanean Faculty Award for junior women faculty. In 2016, she received the law school’s annual Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2015, was awarded one of two inaugural teaching awards from the Boalt Hall Women’s Association.

Roth graduated in 1998 from Yale Law School, where she won the John Currier Gallagher Prize for best presentation in the trial competition and was a moot court semifinalist. After law school she clerked for Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court. She holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and political science from the University of New Mexico.


B.S./B.A., University of New Mexico (1995)
J.D., Yale Law School (1998)