Dean Strang

Title/s:  Distinguished Professor in Residence

Office #:  1320

Email: dstrang@luc.edu

CV Link: Dean Strang CV


Dean A. Strang is a Distinguished Professor in Residence full-time and continues to consult on criminal defense issues. He practiced criminal defense full-time for over 30 years and was Wisconsin's first Federal Defender for five of those years. Prof. Strang is the author of two books of legal history and several law review articles and book chapters.


AB, Dartmouth College, 1982
JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1985

Program Areas

Criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, legal history, law & humanities

Courses Taught

Criminal Law, Evidence, Conflict of Laws, Torts, Persuasion

Selected Publications

Keep the Wretches in Order: America’s Biggest Mass Trial, the Rise of the Justice Department, and the Fall of the IWW (U. Wisconsin Press 2019; paperback ed. 2020)

Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror (U. Wisconsin Press 2013; 2d ed. 2016)

Inaccuracy and Involuntary Confessions: Understanding Rogers v. Richmond Rightly, 110 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 69 (2020)

Double Jeopardy’s Dual Sovereignty: A Tragic (and Implausible) Lack of Humility, 18 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 365 (2020) (With Stephen E. Henderson)

How Can You Defend Those People?, 45 Hofstra L. Rev. 747 (2017)

Becoming What We Pretend to Be: Signs of Values in the Casual Rhetoric of American Criminal Justice, 24 Wis. J. L., Gender & Soc. 313 (2009) 

Felons, Guns, and the Limits of Federal Power, 39 J. Marshall L. Rev. 385 (2006)

The Rhetoric of Death, 1998 Wis. L. Rev. 841 (1998)