Ben Trachtenberg

Associate Professor
University of Missouri School of Law
203 Hulston Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211
Phone: (573) 882-7293


Regulators, Mount Up, 5 Neb. L. Rev. Bulletin 22 (2013) [View Essay]

Law School Marketing and Legal Ethics, 91 Neb. L. Rev. 866 (2013) [View Article]

Confronting Coventurers: Coconspirator Hearsay, Sir Walter Raleigh, and the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause, 64 Fla. L. Rev. 1669 (2012) [View Article]

Reducing the Discount Rate, Environmental Forum (Nov.-Dec. 2012) [View Essay]

Rethinking Pro Bono, N.Y. Times (May 14, 2012) [View Op-Ed]

Tinkering with the Machinery of Life, 59 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 128 (2012) [View Essay]

Health Inflation, Wealth Inflation, and the Discounting of Human Life, 89 Or. L. Rev. 1313 (2011) [View Article | Hear WAMC Academic Minute Radio Segment about Article]

Coconspirators, "Coventurers," and the Exception Swallowing the Hearsay Rule, 61 Hastings L.J. 581 (2010) [View Article]

Incarceration Policy Strikes Out: Exploding prison population compromises the U.S. justice system, A.B.A. Journal, Feb. 2009 (winning entry in Ross Essay Contest) [View Article | View BLS LawNotes Article about Ross Prize]

An Exchange of E-mails (with James J. White), in Bruce W. Frier & James J. White, The Modern Law of Contracts 102-03 (2005) (additional material printed in instructor's supplement) (also printed in 2d ed. 2008) [Order Book]

State Sentencing Policy and New Prison Admissions, 38 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 479 (2005) [View Article]

Courses for 2013-2014 Academic Year

» Professional Responsibility (Fall 2013)

» Criminal Procedure (Spring 2014)

» Evidence (Spring 2014)

Prior Courses

» Criminal Law (Fall 2009 and Fall 2008)

» Environmental Law (Spring 2010 and Spring 2009)

» Trial Practice (Spring 2011)

Curriculum Vitae

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» Current Academic Appointment
Associate Professor, University of Missouri School of Law

Teaching Prize:
Gold Chalk Award for excellence in teaching, University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council, 2012

» Education
Columbia Law School, J.D., 2005

Columbia Law Review, Articles Editor
James Kent Scholar (2002-03 and 2003-04)
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (2004-05)
Class of 1912 Prize (2003) -- given to the first-year student "most proficient" in Contracts
Public Service Fellowship (2003) -- awarded to support internship at United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York (Criminal Division)

Columbia Law Revue, comedy writer for student productions

University of Limerick, Ireland, M.A. in International Studies, 2002

First Class Honors
George J. Mitchell Scholarship -- one of twelve Americans selected for a year of study in Ireland based on academics, leadership and character

"Cool Under Fire: Israel During the Persian Gulf War of 1991"

Yale University, B.A. in Political Science, with distinction in the major, 2001

Sigma Chi Fraternity, International Balfour Award, 2001 -- selected as the Fraternity's most outstanding senior in the United States and Canada
Ezra Stiles College Heinrich von Staden Cup -- awarded to the senior "who most consistently challenged the social and intellectual conscience of the College"
Yale Daily News Board of 1912 Prize -- for "general excellence in reporting and writing in the News"

» Law Practice
Covington & Burling LLP, Litigation Associate--New York, 2006-2008
Assigned to white collar investigations and civil securities cases. Pro bono representation of a tenant in Bronx Housing Court and of an employment law ("wage & hour") plaintiff in federal district court

» Clerkship
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge José A. Cabranes,
Judicial Clerk--New Haven, Conn., 2005-2006

» Teaching Experience
University of Missouri School of Law, Associate Professor--Columbia, Missouri, July 2011-present
Teach Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility

University of Missouri School of Law, Visiting Associate Professor--Columbia, Missouri, 2010-2011
Taught Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Trial Practice

Brooklyn Law School, Visiting Assistant Professor--Brooklyn, N.Y., 2008-2010
Taught first-year Criminal Law and an elective survey course on Environmental Law

Columbia Law School, Teaching Assistant--New York, N.Y., 2004-2005
Assistant for Professor Melvin Eisenberg's first-year course on Contracts (Fall 2004) and Professor Edward Lloyd's Environmental Law Clinic (Spring 2005)

LLM Bar Exam, Faculty--New York, N.Y., Feb. 2010-present
Teach Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility in bar preparation course

» Bar Admissions
New York State, U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits, and Supreme Court of the United States

» Volunteer Activities
Sigma Chi Fraternity, Chairman of Governing Laws Committee, 2007-present
U.S.-Ireland Alliance, George J. Mitchell Scholarship, Applications Reader