Maybell Romero

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Title: Associate Professor of Law
Office Location: Swen Parson 197D
Office Phone: 815-753-7251
Email: mromero@niu.edu
Education:

B.A., Cornell University
J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Maybell Romero joined the NIU Law faculty in 2017. She has varied research interests in criminal law, criminal legal system ethics, constitutional law, and juvenile justice; a major focus of her research centers on rural criminal legal systems. At NIU College of Law she teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, Constitutional Law, Children & The Law, and a seminar on Criminal Justice System Ethics. From 2015 to 2017, Professor Romero was a visiting professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. She has served as both a state’s attorney and defense attorney during her decade of practice in Utah, where she also handled child welfare and civil litigation matters.

Professor Romero is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2006), where she was the editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University (2003), where she studied both English and government.

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Articles

  • Law Enforcement as Disease Vector, U. Chi. L. Rev. Online (forthcoming Fall 2020).
  • Progressive Prosecutors in Elections, __ Ohio St. J. Crim. L. __ (forthcoming).
  • Gambling on Overcriminalization, __ Tex. Tech. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming).
  • Rural Spaces, Communities of Color, and the 'Progressive' Prosecutor, __ J. Crim. L. & Criminology __ (forthcoming 2020). (Available in SSRN)
  • The Right to Unmarry: A Proposal, __ Cleveland St. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2020) (with Brian L. Frye). (Available in SSRN)
  • Prosecutors and Police: An Unholy Union, 54 U. Richmond L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2020). (available in SSRN)
  • Viewing Access to Justice For Rural Mainers of Color Through A Prosecution Lens, 71 Me. L. Rev. 2 (2019). (available in SSRN)
  • Educational Environments and the Federal Right to Education in the Wake of Parkland, 73 U. Miami L. Rev. 731 (2019). (available in SSRN)
  • Profit-Driven Prosecution and the Competitive Bidding Process, 107 J. Crim L. & Criminology 161 (2017). (Available in SSRN)

Other Publications

Selected Presentations

Upcoming

  • Panelist, “Gamble and Double Jeopardy,” Texas Tech Law Review Symposium, April 8, 2021.
  • Panelist, “Prosecutor 2.0,” Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law Symposium, February 19, 2021.
  • Panelist and Host, “COVID-19 Criminal Justice,” University of Chicago Law Review Online Symposium, November 18, 2020.

2020

  • Guest, DIY Democracy Podcast, “Choosing Rural Prosecutors,” August 12, 2020.
  • Guest, University of Richmond Law Review Podcast, “Prosecutors and Police: An Unholy Union,” August 7, 2020.
  • Organizer and Moderator, Criminal Law & Procedure Workshop, “Differing Visions of State and Local Prosecution: Implications of the Progressive Prosecution Movement,” SEALS, August 2, 2020.
  • Panelist, “Low-Ball Criminal Defense,” in Criminal Law & Procedure Workshop, “The Private Role in Criminal Justice,” SEALS, July 31, 2020.
  • Panelist, Work-Life Balance and the Demands of Scholarship, AALS Faculty Focus, June 9, 2020.
  • Panelist and Organizer, “Law Enforcement As Disease Vector,” NIU CrimWIP (Criminal Law Works in Progress series), June 4, 2020.
  • Panelist, Criminal Justice Ethics Discussion Series (organized by Fordham Law School for distribution to law schools for the fall 2020 semester), Summer 2020.
  • Discussant, “Women’s Rights in the Shadow of the Constitution,” Law & Society Annual Meeting, May 29, 2020.
  • Presenter, “Progressive Prosecution in the Rural United States,” Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology Symposium, Northwestern University School of Law, February 28, 2020.
  • Moderator, Creighton Law Review Symposium, Creighton University School of Law, February 21, 2020.
  • Panelist, “When They Call You A Terrorist – A Black Lives Matter Memoir,” Northern Illinois University College of Law, February 6, 2020.
  • Moderator, AALS New Law Professors Section panel on scholarship, Washington D.C., January 3, 2020.

2019

  • Presenter, “Prosecutors and Police: An Unholy Union,” Marquette University Junior Faculty Works in Progress Workshop, Marquette University Law School, October 4, 2019.
  • Presenter and Organizer, “Prosecutors and Police: An Unholy Union,” Chicagoland Junior Scholars Conference, Northern Illinois University College of Law, hosted by Loyola Law School, September 27, 2019.
  • Guest, “Maybell Romero on Prosecutor Unions & Justice Reform,” Ipse Dixit podcast, September 3, 2019.
  • Presenter, “Prosecutors and Police: An Unholy Union,” Criminal Justice Ethics Schmooze, Cardozo Law School, June 3, 2019.
  • Panelist, “People of Color in the Rural United States,” National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference: People of Color and the Future of Democracy, American University Washington College of Law, March 22, 2019.
  • Guest, “Maybell Romero on Profit-Driven Prosecution,” Ipse Dixit podcast, February 28, 2019.
  • Presenter, “Rural Prosecutors and Communities of Color,” Law and Rurality Workshop, UC Davis School of Law, February 15, 2019.

2018

  • Panelist, “Rurality & Criminal Practice: Preparing Students for the Challenges Ahead,” Society of American Law Teachers 2018 Teaching Conference, Penn State Law School, October 6, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Low-Bid Rural Criminal Justice Systems & Spatial Inequities,” Crim Fest, Cardozo Law School, July 16, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Low-Bid Rural Criminal Justice Systems & Spatial Inequities,” Criminal Justice Ethics Schmooze, Brooklyn Law School, June 12, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Educational Environments and the Federal Right to Education in the Wake of Parkland,” Law & Society Association Junior Scholar Workshop, Toronto, June 6, 2018.

2017

  • Presenter, “Disrupting Prosecutorial Culture,” Faculty Workshop, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, October 12, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Zero Tolerance Prosecutorial Ethics,” Crim Fest, American University Washington College of Law, June 12, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Zero Tolerance Prosecutorial Ethics,” Criminal Justice Ethics Schmooze, New York Law School, June 9, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Reimagining Prosecutorial Ethics,” Brigham Young University Law Faculty WIP, April 20, 2017.
  • Guest, “Privatizing Criminal Justice,” Top of Mind, BYU Radio, March 29, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Current Issues in Criminal Sentencing,” World of Law Discussion Series, Brigham Young University Law School, February 8, 2017.

2016 and earlier

  • Presenter, “Profit-Driven Prosecution and the Competitive Bidding Process,” Brigham Young University Department of Sociology Interdepartmental Research Series, September 15, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Auctioning Justice to the Lowest Bidder,” Inland Northwest Scholars Workshop, Gonzaga University, August 1, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Outsourcing Justice: Prosecution,” Crim Fest, Cardozo Law School, July 12, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Against Prosecutorial Outsourcing,” Brigham Young University Law Faculty WIP, June 16, 2016.
  • Guest, “The End of Privatized Prisons?,” Top of Mind, BYU Radio, August 24, 2016.
  • Guest, “Our Nation’s Public Defense Crisis,” Top of Mind, BYU Radio, June 28, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Pop Culture’s Influence on Criminal Law,” American Constitution Society Presentation, Brigham Young University Law School, March 2, 2016.
  • Commentator, Mark Glover, “Probate-Error Costs,” Rocky Mountain Junior Scholars Forum, Brigham Young University, September 25, 2015.
  • Guest, “Racial Inequities in the Criminal Justice System,” The Morning Show, BYU Radio, Oct. 21, 2014.

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