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Alfredo García
Dean & Professor of Law
B.A., Jacksonville University
M.A., University of Florida
J.D., University of Florida, Frederic G. Levin College of Law
Phone: (305) 623-2392
Office: Office of the Dean, Room 203

Dean Alfredo Garcia is an eminent scholar with a wealth of experience as an administrator, faculty member, and legal practitioner. He previously served as Dean of St. Thomas Law from 2007-2010 and returned for a second appointment in the summer of 2014. He has also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2003-2006, and as Interim Associate Dean from 1993-1994. In these positions, he was a liaison between the School of Law faculty and administration assuming responsibility for faculty teaching assignments, application of academic policies, the academic calendar, and faculty support services. He also had general oversight of the clinical programs, the LL.M. programs, the joint degree programs, the Legal Research & Writing programs, and the Law Review.

In addition to his vast administrative experience, Dean Garcia possesses more than 17 years of law faculty teaching experience and more than two decades of higher education teaching experience. As a member of the St. Thomas University School of Law faculty, he has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Torts, Sixth Amendment Seminar, and Clinics. Dean Garcia has been a visiting professor at American University College of Law, College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center, among others.

Dean Garcia's publications include three books: Criminal Law: Concepts and Practice, with Podgor, Henning, and Taslitz (Carolina Press, 2005); The Fifth Amendment: A Comprehensive Approach (Greenwood, 2002); and The Sixth Amendment in Modern American Jurisprudence: A Critical Perspective (Greenwood, 2002); as well as three entries in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Law and extensive law review articles for journals including Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and the University of Toledo Law Review. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Race and Racism in Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the ABA's Criminal Justice Committee and on the Editorial Board of Human Rights Magazine, published by the ABA.

Prior to entering academia, Dean Garcia was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami, trying felony and narcotics-related cases including attempted murder, solicitation to commit murder, burglary, kidnapping, trafficking, and white collar crimes. He also served as a criminal defense attorney in private practice in Miami. In addition to his extensive trial and motion experience, Dean Garcia has extensive appellate experience preparing briefs and arguing cases at the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Third District Court of Appeals (Florida).

Born in Cuba, Dean Garcia earned his B.A. from Jacksonville University and earned both his M.A. and his J.D. from the University of Florida.

Scholarship

Books:

  • Ellen S. Podgor, Peter J. Henning, Andrew E. Taslitz & Alfredo Garcia, Criminal Law: Concepts and Practice (forthcoming 2013, Carolina Academic Press) (Previous edition: 2009).
  • Ellen S. Podgor, Peter J. Henning, Andrew E. Taslitz & Alfredo Garcia, Criminal Law: Concepts and Practice (2nd Ed., 2009, Carolina Academic Press) (Previous edition: 2005).
  • Alfredo Garcia, The Fifth Amendment: A Comprehensive Approach (2002, Greenwood Press).
  • Alfredo Garcia, The Sixth Amendment in Modern American Jurisprudence: A Critical Perspective (1992, Greenwood Press).

Book Chapters:

  • Alfredo Garcia, The Practice of Bail Entry, in Oxford Companion to American Law 50 (Kermit L. Hall ed., 2002, Oxford University Press).
  • Alfredo Garcia, Forfeiture Entry, in Oxford Companion to American Law 317 (Kermit L. Hall ed., 2002, Oxford University Press).
  • Alfredo Garcia, Search Warrants, in Oxford Companion to American Law 723 (Kermit L. Hall ed., 2002, Oxford University Press).

Articles:

  • Alfredo Garcia, Regression to the Mean: How Miranda Has Become a Tragicomical Farce, 25 St. Thomas L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013).
  • Alfredo Garcia, Foreword, 21 St. Thomas L. Rev. 1 (2008). HeinOnline
  • I. Bruce Frumkin & Alfredo Garcia, Psychological Evaluations and the Competency to Waive Miranda Rights, Champion, Nov. 2003, at 12.
  • Alfredo Garcia, “No fetish” for Privacy, Fairness, or Justice: Why William Rehnquist, Not Ken Starr Was Responsible for William Jefferson Clinton’s Impeachment, 10 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 511 (2001). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, Is Miranda Dead, Was It Overruled, or Is It Irrelevant?, 10 St. Thomas L. Rev. 461 (1998). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, The Fifth Amendment: A Comprehensive and Historical Approach, 29 U. Tol. L. Rev. 209 (1998). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, Toward an Integrated Vision of Criminal Procedural Rights: A Counter to Judicial and Academic Nihilism, 77 Marq. L. Rev. 1 (1993). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, The Jury Trial in the Criminal Context: The Link Between the Defendant and the Community, 4 St. Thomas L. Rev. 81 (1992). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, Speedy Trial Swift Justice: Full-Fledged Right or “Second-class Citizen?”, 21 Sw. L. Rev. 31 (1992).
  • Alfredo Garcia, Clash of the Titans: The Difficult Reconciliation of a Fair Trial and a Free Press in Modern American Society, 32 Santa Clara L. Rev. 1107 (1992). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, The Right to Counsel Under Siege: Requiem for an Endangered Right, 29 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 35 (1991). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, The Compulsory Process Clause and the “Sporting Theory of Justice”: The Supreme Court Evens the Score, 28 Duq. L. Rev. 619 (1990). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, The Scope of Police Immunity From Civil Suit Under Title 42 Section 1983 and Bivens: A Realistic Appraisal, 11 Whittier L. Rev. 511 (1989). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, The Winding Path of Bruton v. United States: A Case of Doctrinal Inconsistency, 26 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 401 (1988). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, Mental Sanity and Confessions: The Supreme Court's New Version of the Old “Voluntariness” Standard, 1 Akron L. Rev. 275 (1988). HeinOnline
  • Alfredo Garcia, The Right to Counsel and Informants, Case & Comment, May/June 1987, at 21.

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