Joanmarie Davoli

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Title/Position

Professor of Law

Department

Faculty

E-mail Address

Phone Number

(904) 680-7647

Room

274

Building

Baypine

BACKGROUND

Joanmarie Ilaria Davoli received her undergraduate degree in philosophy and history from the University of Virginia, and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.  Prior to entering academics, she spent eleven years representing criminal defendants on charges ranging from minor misdemeanors to capital murder.  In 1999, Professor Davoli joined the faculty at George Mason University School of Law, and directed the Law & Mental Illness Clinic for five years. In academic year 2003-2004, she became a faculty member in the legal aid clinic at Notre Dame Law School in Indiana.  In 2004, she returned to Virginia as the Chief Public Defender for Fairfax County.  She joined Florida Coastal School of Law in 2007. 

EXPERTISE

  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Capital Punishment
  • Psychiatric Issues in Criminal Law

EDUCATION

B.A., University of Virginia, History and Philosophy

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

TEACHING and SCHOLARSHIP

Evidence

Criminal Procedure

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Member, Virginia State Bar

Member, Supreme Court Bar

PUBLICATIONS

LAW REVIEW ARTICLES

  • "The Soul of the Public Defender," Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Fall/Winter 2005/2006).
  • "Reconsidering the Consequences of an Insanity Acquittal," Symposium.  31 New England Journal of Criminal and Civil Confinement 3 (2005).
  • "Facing Death in Virginia:  The Prosecution of the Juvenile D.C. Sniper Suspect."
  • Jurist, January 2, 2003.  Available at http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forum/forumnew82.php.
  • "No Room at the Inn:  How the Federal Medicaid Program Created Inequities in Psychiatric Hospital Access for the Indigent Mentally Ill." 29 American Journal of Law and Medicine 159 (2003).
  • "Still Stuck in the Cuckoo's Nest:  Why Do Courts Continue to Rely Upon Antiquated Mental Illness Research?"  69 Tenn.L.Rev. 987 (2002).
  • "Diverting the Mentally Ill Out of the Virginia Criminal Justice System."  11 Geroge Mason Univ. Civil Rights Law Journal 109 (2000).
  • "Bringing Some Sense to Civil Commitment Hearings." 2 Catalyst 9 (2000).