Elected Member

Professor Renee McDonald Hutchins

University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
Baltimore, MD
Spellman College
Yale Law School

Renée Hutchins joined the faculty at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in 2004 after spending just over a decade in practice.  At the law school, she teaches (or has taught) the Appellate and Post-Conviction Advocacy Clinic, Criminal Procedure, Fourth Circuit Decisions, and a criminal appeals seminar.

Through the Appellate and Post-Conviction Advocacy Clinic, Professor Hutchins maintains an active appellate practice, which includes working with law students to represent clients in matters raising issues of first impression in the Maryland courts.  She and her students have also obtained conditional commutations of clients’ life sentences from two Maryland governors.

Professor Hutchins received her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her B.A., cum laude, in mathematics from Spelman College.  Immediately following graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge Nathaniel R. Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Immediately prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, Professor Hutchins was part of the Lawyering Program faculty at New York University School of Law.

Professor Hutchins brings a variety of legal experiences to the classroom, having served as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Enforcement Section of the Tax Division at the United States Department of Justice, and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia.  Professor Hutchins also practiced as a criminal defense attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta and with the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City.  She is currently serving her third four-year term as a member of the Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for the State of Maryland, and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Judicial Institute of Maryland.

She teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure, appellate and trial advocacy, and criminal policy.  Professor Hutchins’ particular scholarly interests are the intersection of constitutional law and social science, and the practical dimensions of policing, adjudicative processes, and privacy.  Her work had been published in the UCLA Law Review, the NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy, and the Search and Seizure Law Report, among others.  Her work Tied Up in Knotts: GPS and the Fourth Amendment, 55 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 409 (Dec. 2007), was cited by a number of federal courts including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the D.C. Circuit (see United States v. Graham, 796 F.3d 332 (4th Cir. 2015) and United States v. Maynard, 615 F.3d 544 (D.C. Cir. 2010)).  She is the co-author of the textbook Learning Criminal Procedure (West 2014). 

Areas of Expertise
Criminal Law
Appellate Practice & Procedure (Litigation)