Andrea Roth


Andrea Roth joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2011, after 3 years as a Grey Fellow at Stanford and 9 years as a trial and appellate public defender in Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on 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 “‘Spit and Acquit’: Prosecutors as Surveillance Entrepreneurs,” 107 Cal. L. Rev. — (forthcoming 2019); “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 a member of the Legal Resource Committee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Organization of Scientific Area Committees.

In 2019 Roth was one of four recipients of the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2017, she received the campus-wide Prytanean Faculty Award given to one pretenure woman faculty member. In 2016, she received the law school’s Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence. She has also received teaching awards from Women of Berkeley Law and the Berkeley Criminal Law Journal.

Roth graduated in 1998 from Yale Law School, where she received 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)

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