Marvin Zalman

Marvin Zalman



313-577-9977 (fax)

 3259 F.A.B.

Curriculum vitae

Marvin Zalman

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

 Wrongful conviction: incidence of, public policy and, in China, the innocence movement

Constitutional criminal procedure

Criminal Justice Policy


  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.,1963 (maj.: History) Graduate: Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, N.Y., Ll.B. 1966 [J.D.1967] State University of New York at Albany, M.A. 1971 State University of New York at Albany, Ph.D.1977
  • New York Bar, 1966 (formally retired from practice under NY rules).

Selected publications

 Marvin Zalman & Julia Carrano (Eds.) Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform: Making Justice (Routledge, 2014). 

Zalman, Marvin (2020). Edwin Borchard’s Innocence Project: The Origin and Legacy of His Wrongful Conviction Scholarship. Wrongful Conviction Law Review 1: 124-146.

Zalman, Marvin & James Windell (2020). The Bite Mark Dentists and the Counterattack on Forensic Science Reform. Albany Law Review 83(3): 749-829.

Zalman, Marvin, The Anti-Blackstonians, Seton Hall Law Review 48:1319-1433 (2018).

Zalman, Marvin (2018). A Brief Reply to Professor Cassell, Seton Hall Law Review 48: 1493-1514.

Zalman, Marvin, Laura Rubino & Brad Smith (2019), Beyond Police Compliance with Electronic Recording of Interrogation Legislation: Toward Error Reduction. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 30(4): 627-655.
DOI: 10.1177/0887403417718241 | First Published July 13, 2017

Zalman, Marvin and Matthew Larson (2015/2016). Elephants in the Station House: Serial Crimes, Wrongful Convictions, and Expanding Wrongful Conviction Analysis to Include Police Investigation. Albany Law Review, 79(3) 941-1044. 


Marvin Zalman and Ralph Grunewald (2015).  Reinventing the Trial: The Innocence Revolution and Proposals to Modify the American Criminal Trial, Texas A & M Law Review, 3(2): 189-259.  


Marvin Zalman and Julia Carrano (2014).  “The Sustainability of Innocence Reform.” Albany Law Review, 77, 955-1003.


 Marvin Zalman (2017). Wrongful Convictions: Comparative Perspectives. In A. Javier Tervino (Ed.). The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems. Cambridge University Press. 

 Marvin Zalman and Yuning Wu (2015). The Interrogation of Criminal Suspects in China, In David Walsh, Gavin Oxburgh, Allison Redlich & Trond Myklebust (Eds.), International Developments and Practices in Investigative Interviewing and Interrogation: Vol 2 Suspects (pp. 7-17) (London and New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis).

 Nancy Marion & Marvin Zalman, (2014). “Towards a Theory of Innocence Policy Reform.” In Sarah Cooper, (Ed.). Controversies in Innocence Cases in America (pp. 175-196) (UK: Ashgate). 

Currently teaching

  •  CRJ 7405  Wrongful Convictions

    CRJ 3700 Judicial Process

  • CRJ 4705  Wrongful Conviciton and Justice System Error

Courses taught

CRJ 4740 Constitutional Criminal Procedure

CRJ 7010 Contemporary Criminal Justice