Despite the years that I’ve labored in the law of crime, today marks the first time I find myself on a ” Convictions ” list. Happily, I’ve assumed the label not in a court of law but in this court of public opinion just launched by Slate . The brains behind this new blog is that lawyer-journalist-veteran extraordinaire, Phillip Carter . My heartfelt thanks to Phil for this opportunity to join what promises to be a spirited online discussion on matters of law, criminal and otherwise.

A brief “Who am I?” to begin my end of this dialogue: Visiting professor of law at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, on sabbatical from my steady gig as professor of law at the University of California-Davis School of Law (Martin Luther King Jr. Hall). Trained as a federal criminal defense lawyer, I specialize in the study of law’s responses to globalization , paying particular attention to how national, regional, and international legal regimes interact as they endeavor to combat atrocity and cross-border crime. Subjects of my recent publications range from Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib to U.S. courts’ consultation of extranational norms to the impartiality deficit in international criminal justice . These days I’m at work expanding an earlier biographical study of John Paul Stevens , the U.S. Supreme Court justice for whom I, along with “Convictions” colleague Deborah N. Pearlstein , had the privilege of clerking.

Along with two dozen other women who focus on international law, policy, and practice, I’m a proud member of the year-old IntLawGrrls blog, where I expect to cross-post many of my “Convictions” contributions.

Looking forward to e-talking.