Thomas J. Reed
Professor Emeritus

B.A., Marquette University
J.D., Notre Dame Law School

Phone: 302.477.2070

Thomas J. Reed isĀ  Professor EmeritusĀ  at Widener's Delaware campus. Professor Reed received a B.A. from Marquette University in 1962; and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1969, where he served as a member of the Notre Dame Law Review

Professor Reed clerked for Thornburg, McGill, Deahl, Harman, Carey & Murray, South Bend, Indiana from 1968-69. He then worked as an Associate for Reller, Mendenhall, Kleinknecht & Milligan, Richmond, Indiana from 1969-76.

Professor Reed joined the faculty at Western New England as Assistant Professor and served from 1976-79, and as Associate Professor from 1979-81. Professor Reed joined the faculty at Delaware Law School as Associate Professor of Law and served in that capacity from 1981-84; as Associate Dean and Professor of Law, 1984-93; and as Professor of Law from 1984 to 2010. Professor Reed was Director, Legal Skills Program from 1993-95.

Professor Reed is admitted to practice in Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Reed teaches and writes in the areas of Evidence, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Veterans Law and Military Law, Property, Pre-Trial Methods, Trial Methods, Land Use Planning, and Wills and Trusts.

Professor Reed has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including Reporter to the Delaware Supreme Court for the Delaware Appellate Handbook, Reporter to the Delaware Supreme Court for revisions to the Delaware Uniform Rules of Evidence, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Inc. (pro bono Veterans Assistance Program), The Delaware Civil War Society, Inc. and The Civic War Round Table of Wilmington, Delaware, Inc. Most recent positions held include President, The Civil War Round Table of Wilmington, Delaware, 1999-2000; and Secretary to The Delaware Civil War Society, 1999-2000.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Admitting the Accused's Criminal History: The Trouble with Rule 404(b), 78 Temp. L. Rev. 201 (2005).
  • Crawford v. Washington and the Irretrievable Breakdown of a Union: Separating the Confrontation Clause from the Hearsay Rule, 56 U.S. C. L. Rev. 185 (2004).
  • & Neil S. Kaye, Tardive Dyskinesia: Tremors in Law and Medicine, 27 J. Am Acad. Psychiatry L. 315 (1999).
  • The Character Evidence Defense: Acquittal Based on Good Character, 45 Cleve. St. L. Rev. 345 (1997).
  • & Hon. Eunice L. Ross, Will Contests (West Group 2d ed. 1999, & Supp. 2006).