Jules Epstein
Professor of Law and Director of the Taishoff Advocacy, Technology and Public Service Institute

J.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Law

E-mail: jepstein@widener.edu
Phone: 302.477.2031

Jules Epstein is Professor at Widener's Delaware campus and Director of the Taishoff Advocacy, Technology and Public Service Institute. Professor Epstein joined Widener from the highly respected Philadelphia criminal defense and civil rights firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP, and teaches criminal law and evidence courses.

A 1978 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Professor Epstein began his legal career with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1988 through 2006, has taught in and prepared materials for countless continuing legal education programs, and has authored dozens of articles and book chapters on criminal law and evidence topics.

Professor Epstein’s work has concentrated, in recent years, on capital case, eyewitness, and forensics issues. He has taught death penalty law nationally to judges and attorneys, and continues to handle capital cases at the appellate and post conviction stages. In the area of eyewitness evidence, he has lectured, authored both articles and book chapters, and served as an expert witness.

Nationally, Professor Epstein has served on several workgroups involving issues in forensics, especially DNA and, more recently, latent prints, and as co-editor of SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE REVIEW: ADMISSIBILITY AND THE USE OF EXPERT EVIDENCE IN THE COURTROOM, MONOGRAPH NO. 9, (ABA Books, 2013) and THE FUTURE OF EVIDENCE (ABA Books, 2011). He is faculty for the National Judicial College, teaching courses to judges in advanced evidence and capital case law. In Pennsylvania, he is a member of a group of lawyers, judges and academics revising the Suggested Standard Jury Instruction, Criminal, and served on a commission addressing issues in cases of wrongful convictions.

Professor Epstein is the recipient of the 1999 Roscoe Pound Foundation award for "Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy" and the 2009 and 2005 Outstanding Faculty Award at the law school. In 2011 he received the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, an honor bestowed annually to a member of the Widener University faculty.

Selected Recent Publications


  • Irreparable Misidentifications and Reliability: Reassessing the Threshold for Admissibility of Eyewitness Identification, 58 Villanova L. Rev. 69 (2013).
  • Mandatory Mitigation: An Eighth Amendment Mandate to Require Presentation of Mitigation Evidence, Even When the Sentencing Trial Defendant Wishes to Die, 21 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 1 (Fall 2011).
  • ‘Genetic Surveillance’—The Bogeyman Response to Familial DNA Investigations, J. L. Tech. & Pol’y 141 (Spring 2009).
  • Cross-Examination: Seemingly Ubiquitous, Purportedly Omnipotent, and ‘At Risk’, 14 Widener L. Rev. 427 (2009).
  • Avoiding Trial by Rumor: Identifying the Due Process Threshold for Hearsay Evidence after the Demise of the Ohio v. Roberts ‘Reliability’ Standard, 77 UMKC L. Rev. 119 (2008).
  • Expert Testimony: Legal Standards for Admissibility, in Expert Testimony on the Psychology of Eyewitness Identification 69 (Brian L. Cutler ed., Oxford Univ. Press 2009).