Michael L. Seigel

Samuel T. Dell Term Professor
Director, Criminal Justice Center
Director, Criminal Law Clinics



Mailing Address:
Box #117620 Gainesville, FL 32611





J.D., Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) A.B., Princeton University (magna cum laude)

Teaching and Scholarship

Evidence, Criminal Law, White Collar Crime

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 1990 as Assistant Professor. Named Associate Professor 1993, Professor 1995. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 2000-2002. University Steering Committee for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation; University Curriculum Committee; University Graduate and Professional Admissions Task Force 2000-01.
  • Visiting Faculty: University of British Columbia, Stetson University, University of San Diego
  • Federal Litigator: First Assistant United States Attorney, Middle District of Florida (Tampa, 1995-99); Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Organized Crime Strike Force (Philadelphia, PA., 1990); Special Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, Philadelphia Strike Force (1985-89); Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2000-01.
  • Associations: Phi Beta Kappa, Advisory Board for Association of American Law Schools (2002-05), American Bar Association, The Florida Bar (Affiliate), Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals.
Additional Materials Video - Seigel: Senate Judiciary Testimony – Honest Services Fraud After the Skilling Decision, September 28, 2010   Profile of Professor Seigel in FlaLaw [66kb PDF]

Criminal Law (3 credits) - LAW 5100

  • The substantive law of crimes covering, in addition to basic principles and the elements of typical crimes, such concepts as relational and inchoate crime, responsibilty and defenses.

Evidence (4 credits) - LAW 6330

  • A study of the law governing proof of issues of fact before a judicial tribunal. Topics may include judicial notice, presumptions, burden of proof, hearsay, relevancy, testimonial proof, demonstrative and scientific proof, documentary proof and privileged communications. Emphasis is placed on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure (LAW 5301) [Registration preference will be given to students in their third full semester.].

White Collar Crime (2-3 credits) - LAW 6930

  • Using the vehicle of federal investigation and prosecution of white-collar crime, this course explores the interplay of different fields of law and of legal standards and administrative discretion - features common to many types of transactional practice. The materials considered are chosen from the fields of substantive criminal law, sentencing, evidence, corporate law, and professional responsibility. Topics considered include entity criminal liability, substantive federal crimes (e.g., conspiracy, securities fraud, mail fraud false statements and RICO), parallel civil and criminal proceedings, application of the self-incrimination and lawyer-client privileges and federal sentencing guidelines (for individuals and entities) and forfeitures. Considerable attention is given to Department of Justice policies and strategies utilized by counsel representing witnesses, targets and defendants. Prerequisites: Corporations.
PowerPoint Presentation: Creating Good Outlines [84.5 kb PPT]

Books & Chapters

  • The Moment of Truth: The Decision to Institute Charges in a Rape Case, chapter in RACE TO INJUSTICE: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE DUKE LACROSSE RAPE CASE, (Carolina Academic Press) (M. Seigel, ed. 2009)
  • Prosecuting Martha: Federal Prosecutorial Power and the Need for a Law of Counts (with Christopher Slobogin), chapter in MARTHA STEWART'S LEGAL TROUBLES: A DOMESTIC DIVA'S INTERACTION WITH LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM (Joan Heminway, ed. 2006)

Law-related Articles

  • Corporate America Fights Back: The Battle Over Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege, 49 Boston College Law Review 1 (2008)
  • The Admissibility of Co-Conspirator Statements in a Post-Crawford World, 34 Florida State University Law Review (2007) (with Daniel Weisman)
  • Bringing Coherence to Mens Rea Analysis for Securities-Related Offenses, 2006 Wisconsin Law Review 1563 (2006)
  • Collegiality-Related Articles
  • Measuring the Value of Collegiality Among Law Professors, 1 FAULKNER LAW REVIEW __ (with Kathi Miner-Rubino, PhD.) (forthcoming 2010)
  • On Collegiality, 54 Journal of Legal Education 406 (2004)
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