Amy D. Ronner
Professor of Law Emeritus
St. Thomas University School of Law
Faculty Suite (209)
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
B.A., Beloit College
M.A., University of Michigan
Ph.D., University of Michigan
J.D., University of Miami, magna cum laude
Law and Literature
Amy D. Ronner
Amy D. Ronner has taught at St. Thomas University School of Law since 1992. She was granted Emeritus Status in 2015. She was a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law in 2002-03. With a background and several degrees in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature, she also has taught English as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Michigan and as a Lecturer at the University of Miami. A prolific author, she has published several books as well as articles in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review; the Harvard Women’s Law Journal; the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism; and the Arizona, Buffalo, California Western, and U.C. Davis Law Reviews, among others. After graduation from law school, Professor Ronner clerked for The Hon. Eugene P. Spellman, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and later was an associate in commercial litigation and appellate work for a few years, including time with Holland and Knight.
Since 1995, she has been a Board Certified Appellate Lawyer. In 1997, she was selected as a Leading Florida Attorney in Civil Appellate Law by the American Research Corporation, and in 1998 she was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in recognition of professional attainment, distinguished service, and commitment.
A popular presenter, she has spoken at numerous conferences all across the United States, as well as in The Netherlands and Portugal. At St. Thomas University School of Law, Professor Ronner has been active in many ways, including service as Faculty Advisor to the Moot Court Board and membership on the Academic Standing, Curriculum, Library, and Promotion and Tenure Committees; she has taught Sexual Identity and the Law, Family Law and Professional Responsibility. She currently teaches Constitutional Law, Wills and Trusts, and Criminal Procedure.
Books and Book Chapters:
- Amy D. Ronner, Dostoevsky and the Law (2015, Carolina Academic Press).
- Amy D. Ronner, Law, Literature, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence (2010, Carolina Academic Press).
- Arthur J. England, Jr. & Amy D. Ronner, Practical Guide to the Appellate Courts of Florida (2007, Revere Legal Publishers) (Previous edition: 1997, as England and Ronner’s Practical Guide to the Appellate Courts of Florida).
- Amy D. Ronner, Homophobia and the Law (2005, American Psychological Association).
- Amy D. Ronner, W.H. Hudson: The Man, The Novelist, The Naturalist (1986, AMS Press).
- Amy D. Ronner & Bruce J. Winick, The Antitherapeutic Per Curiam Affirmance, in Judging in a Therapeutic Key: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Courts 316 (Bruce J. Winick & David B. Wexler eds., 2003, Carolina Academic Press).
- Amy D. Ronner, Some In-House Appellate Litigation Clinic’s Lessons in Professional Responsibility: Musical Stories of Candor and the Sandbag, in Clinical Anthology Readings for Live-Client Clinics (Alex Hurder et al. eds., 1997, Anderson Pub. Co.).
- Amy D. Ronner, Mitya Karamazov Gives the Supreme Court an Onion: The Role of Confessions, 66 Mercer Law Review 673 (2015).
- Amy D. Ronner, Recreating Dead House: The Ouster of Miranda from Our Prisons, 50 Crim. L. Bull. (forthcoming 2013).
- Amy D. Ronner, Let’s Get the “Trans” and “Sex” Out of It and Free Us All, 15 J. Gender Race & Just. (forthcoming 2013).
- Amy D. Ronner, Does Golyadkin Really Have a Double?: Dostoyevsky Debunks Our Mental Capacity and Insane Delusion Doctrines, 40 Cap. U. L. Rev. 195 (2012). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, When Courts Let Insane Delusions Pass the Rational Basis Test: The Newest Challenge to Florida’s Exclusion of Homosexuals From Adoption, 21 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 1 (2011). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, The Learned-Helpless Lawyer: Clinical Legal Education and Therapeutic Jurisprudence As Antidotes to Bartleby Syndrome, 24 Touro L. Rev. 601 (2009). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, The Crucible, Harvard’s Secret Court, and Homophobic Witch Hunts, 73 Brook. L. Rev. 217 (2007). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Dostoyevsky and the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Confession, 40 J. Marshall L. Rev. 41 (2006). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Gay and Lesbian Adoption: Banishing the Pied Piper, 18 St. Thomas L. Rev. 207 (2005). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Denaturalization and Death: What It Means to Preclude the Exercise of Judicial Discretion, 20 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 101 (2005). HeinOnline
- Juan Ramirez Jr. and Amy D. Ronner, Voiceless Billy-Budd: Melville’s Tribute to the Sixth Amendment, 41 Cal. W. L. Rev. 103 (2004). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Homophobia: In the Closet and In the Coffin, 21 Law & Ineq. 65 (2003). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Songs of Validation, Voice, and Voluntary Participation: Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Miranda and Juveniles, 71 U. Cin. L. Rev. 89 (2002). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Scouting for Intolerance: The Dale Court’s Resurrection of the Medieval Leper, 11 Law & Sexuality 53 (2002). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Fleeing While Black: The Fourth Amendment Apartheid, 32 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 383 (2001). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner and Bruce J. Winick, The Per Curiam Affirmance: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Critique, Record: J. App. Practice Sec. Fla. B., Vol. IX, No. 3, Spring 2001, at 1.
- Amy D. Ronner and Dennis J. O’Connor, Good fences make bad neighbors: is the North American Free Trade Agreement a lie for lawyers?, 32 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 437 (2001). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner & Bruce Winick, Silencing the Appellant’s Voice: The Antitherapeutic Per Curiam Affirmance, 24 Seattle U. L. Rev. 499 (2000). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Therapeutic Jurisprudence on Appeal, Court Review, Spring 2000, at 64.
- Amy D. Ronner, Women Who Dance on the Professional Track: Custody and the Red Shoes, 23 Harv. Women’s L.J. 173 (2000). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, The Demise of the Reasonable Doubt Standard: The Toxic Watts and Putra Decision,, 60 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 373 (1999). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Punishment Meted Out for Acquittals: An Anti-Therapeutic Jurisprudence Atrocity, 41 Ariz. L. Rev. 459 (1999). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, The Cassandra Curse: The Stereotype of the Female Liar Resurfaces in Jones v. Clinton, 31 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 123 (1997). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Some In-House Appellate Litigation Clinic’s Lessons in Professional Responsibility: Musical Stories of Candor and the Sandbag, 45 Am. U. L. Rev. 859 (1996). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Amathia and Denial of “In the Home” In Bowers v. Hardwick and Shahar v. Bowers: Objective Correlatives and The Bacchae as Tools for Analyzing Privacy and Intimacy, 44 U. Kan. L. Rev. 263 (1996). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Prometheus Unbound: Accepting a Mythless Concept of Civil In Rem Forfeiture with Double Jeopardy Protection, 44 Buff. L. Rev. 655 (1996). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Husband and Wife are One-Him: Bennis v. Michigan as the Resurrection of Coverture, 4 Mich. J. Gender & L. 129 (1996). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, When Judges Impose the Death Penalty After the Jury Recommends Life: Harris v. Alabama as the Excision of the Tympanic Membrane in an Augmentedly Death-Biased Procedure, 23 Hastings Const. L.Q. 217 (1995). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Bottoms v. Bottoms: The Lesbian Mother and the Judicial Perpetuation of Damaging Stereotypes, 7 Yale J.L. & Feminism 341 (1995). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Destructive Rules of Certainty and Efficiency: A Study in the Context of Summary Judgment Procedure and the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits, 28 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 619 (1995). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Real Students, Real Appeals, Real Courts: The In-House Appellate Litigation Clinic at St. Thomas Univ. School of Law, Record: J. App. Practice Sec. Fla. B., May 1993, at 12.
- Amy D. Ronner, Judicial Self-Demise: The Test of When Congress Impermissibly Intrudes on Judicial Power After Robertson v. Seattle Audubon Society and the Federal Appellate Courts’ Rejection of the Separation of Powers Challenges to the New Section of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 35 Ariz. L. Rev. 1037 (1993). HeinOnline
- Amy D. Ronner, Comment, The Narrow Public Policy Exception to the Terminable-at-Will Rule, 38 U. Miami L. Rev. 565 (1984). HeinOnline
Select Presentations, Lectures, & Guest Appearances:
- Presentation: Is Stavrogin Leading Us By The Nose: The Nihilistic Confession at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2015).
- Presentation: Mitya Gives the Supreme Court an Onion: The Role of Confessions at the 46th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies in San Antonio, Texas (2014).
- Presentation: Dostoevsky and Mental Capacity Doctrine at the International Dostoevsky Conference in Moscow, Russia (2013).
- Panelist on WPBT Television: Discussion on recent Supreme Court Decisions (2013).
- Panelist: “So You Think You Have a Book in You,” at the National Association of Women Judges’ Conference in Miami, Florida (2012)
- Guest Lecturer: W.H. Hudson’s Green Mansions and Villa-Lobos Earth Day Celebration at the America’s Society, New York, N.Y. (2012)
- Presentation: Does Golyadkin Really Have A Double? Dostoyevsky Debunks the Mental Capacity and Insane Delusion Doctrines at the 2012 Georgetown International Narration Conference (2012)
- Presentation: Confessions and Dostoyevsky at the International Dostoyevsky Conference in Naples, Italy (2010)
- Presentation: Bartleby and the Learned-Helpless Lawyer at N.Y.U. Law School, Law and Mental Health Conference, in New York (2009)
- Presentation: Dostoyevsky and the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Confession at John Jay College of Criminal Justice International Conference on Justice and Policing in Diverse Societies in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2008)
- Guest Expert and Speaker on W.H. Hudson on The Secret Voice of Nature (Directed by George Tombs) on CBC Canadian Radio (2007)
- Presentation: Dostoyevsky and Therapeutic Jurisprudence at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health Conference in Padua, Italy (2007).
- Presentation: Live All You Can, Key Note Speech for Black Law Student Association in Miami, Florida (2006)
- Presentation: Therapeutic Jurisprudence As a Tool for Counseling Sexual Minorities at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health Conference in Paris, France (2005)
- Guest Lecture: Judicial Sensitivity and the Law at the Annual Business Program of the Conference of County Court Judges of the State of Florida in Naples, Florida (2004)
- Presentation: The Use of Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the TJ Preventive Law Model In Teaching an In-House Appellate Litigation Clinic at Association of American Law Schools Conference on Legal Education in San Diego, California (2004)
- Presentation: Conflicts of Interest and Joint Representation at the Second Annual Criminal Justice Ethics Symposium, jointly sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section, the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism, and the University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service in Miami, Florida (2003)
- Presentation: Silencing the Appellant’s Voice at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health Conference in Amsterdam, Holland (2002)
- Presentation: Songs of Validation, Voice and Voluntary Participation: Miranda and Juveniles at the Western Society of Criminology Conference in San Diego, California (2002)
- Presentation: Women Who Dance on the Professional Track: Custody and the Red Shoes at the Annual Florida Bar Conference (2001)
- Appearance on Lifetime television to discuss Women Who Dance on the Professional Track: Custody and the Red Shoes (2001)
- Presentation: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Courts at the European Law and Psychology Conference in Lisbon, Portugal (2001)
- Presentation: Collaborative Divorce at the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio (2001)
- Presentation: Therapeutic Jurisprudence on Appeal at the International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers Conference in Chicago, Illinois (2000)
- Lecture and Educational Program: Appellate Strategies at the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence Conference in Jacksonville, Florida (2000)
- Moderator: Panel on Therapeutic Jurisprudence at the Law and Psychology Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana (2000)
- Moderator: Panel on Title VII and the First Amendment: A Collision Course? at the National Association of Women Judges’ 21st Annual Conference in Miami, Florida (1999)
- Presentation: Effective Use of Extraordinary Writs at the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence in Miami, Florida (1999)