Margery M. Koosed


Margery M. Koosed is the Aileen McMurray Trusler Professor Emerita at The University of Akron School of Law. Her writing focuses on death penalty litigation issues. She teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and Seminars in Criminal Process, Capital Punishment Litigation and Mistaken Convictions. Professor Koosed received her B.S., cum laude, from Miami University and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. A member of the Akron Law faculty since 1974, she served initially as a Lecturer in Law and Coordinator of the Appellate Review/Legal Clinical Program. She has served as a Visiting Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Her bar admissions include the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio; and Ohio Supreme Court. Professor Koosed is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and other professional associations. She served two terms as a Commissioner on the State of Ohio Public Defender Commission, chairing the State of Ohio Public Defender Commission's Committee on Capital Defense Counsel Qualifications. She served on the American Bar Association's Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Team and previously served as coordinator of the Ohio Death Penalty Task Force. Professor Koosed was an informal resource person for the Ohio Supreme Court's Joint Task Force on the Administration of Ohio's Death Penalty and attended its meetings. She has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Criminal Justice and as an acting judge of the South Euclid Municipal Court. Professor Koosed has been a frequent presenter on death penalty issues at litigation seminars and symposia. Professor Koosed has been inducted into the Case Western Reserve University Law School's Society of Benchers. She is serving as interim board chair of the Ohioans to Stop Executions.