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James Kainen

James Kainen, Brendan Moore Professor of Advocacy; Director, Moore Advocacy Center

Brendan Moore Chair in Advocacy

Telephone: 212-636-6866
Email: [email protected]
Office: Room 7-124
SSRN (academic papers)

Faculty Assistant: Emma Mercer
Email: [email protected]

Research and Teaching Areas

Evidence; Trials/Trial Procedure; Property


  • Principal subjects: Property, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Jurisprudence, Legal Process (at Fordham since 1989).
  • Associate Professor, University of Miami School of Law, 1987-89;
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, SDNY, 1983-87;
  • Associate, Bernstein, Litowitz, Berger, & Grossman and Kreindler & Kreindler, NYC, 1982-83;
  • Assistant Professor, Brown University, 1979-82;
  • Law Clerk, U.S.D.J. Robert L. Carter, SDNY, 1978-79.

Selected Publications

  • "Shields, Swords, and Fulfilling the Exclusionary Rule's Deterrent Function," 50 American Criminal Law Review 59 (2013)
  • “The Case for a Constitutional Definition of Hearsay: Requiring Confrontation of Testimonial Nonassertive Conduct and Statements Admitted to Explain an Unchallenged Investigation,” with Carrie A. Tendler, 93 Marquette Law Review 1415 (2010)
  • “Home Building and Loan v. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398 (1934).” Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ed. David S. Tanenhaus. Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2009. 419-421
  • “Truth, Deterrence, and the Impeachment Exception,” 86 Oregon Law Review 1017 (2007)
  • “How To Be a Good Property Law Teacher: Some Suggestions,” in Teaching the Law School Curriculum (Carolina Academic Press, 2004) (Steven Friedland, Gerald F. Hess, eds.)
  • Review of Anthony G. Amsterdam and Jerome Bruner, MINDING THE LAW, 44 American Journal of Legal History 498 (2000)
  • Review of Gregory S. Alexander, COMMODITY AND PROPRIETY: COMPETING VISIONS OF PROPERTY IN AMERICAN LEGAL THOUGHT, 1776-1970, 44 American Journal of Legal History 109 (2000)
  • Review of Charles F. Hobson, ed., THE PAPERS OF JOHN MARSHALL, vol viii: CORRESPONDENCE, PAPERS, AND SELECTED JUDICIAL OPINIONS, MARCH 1814-DECEMBER 1819, 42 American Journal of Legal History 196 (1998)
  • "Character Evidence," 11 Touro Law Review 11 (1994)
  • "The Historical Framework for Reviving Constitutional Protection for Property and Contract Rights," 79 Cornell Law Review 87 (1993)
  • "The Impeachment Exception to the Exclusionary Rules: Principles, Policies and Politics," 20 Search and Seizure Law Report 137 (1993)
  • "The Impeachment Exception to the Exclusionary Rules: Policies, Principles and Politics," 44 Stanford Law Review 1301 (1992), reprinted in 6 Criminal Practice Law Review 423 (1994)
  • "The Rationalist Tradition At Trial," 60 Fordham Law Review 1085 (1992) (Review of ANALYSIS OF EVIDENCE, by Terence Anderson and William Twining)
  • "Nineteenth Century Interpretations of the Federal Contract Clause: The Transformation From Vested To Substantive Rights Against the State," 31 Buffalo Law Review 381 (1982)


  • AB Brown University 1975 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
  • JD Harvard Law School 1978 (cum laude)