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Kit Kinports

Kit Kinports

Polisher Family Distinguished Faculty Scholar
Professor of Law


(814) 865-8907

J.D., University of Pennsylvania
A.B., Brown University

Professor Kinports is a leading scholar of feminist jurisprudence, criminal law and federalism and an award-winning classroom teacher. Professor Kinports is a former clerk for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Harry Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before entering the teaching profession, she practiced law with Ennis, Friedman, Bersoff & Ewing in Washington, D.C. for several years.

Her recent work includes “The Quantum of Suspicion Needed for an Exigent Circumstances Search,” forthcoming in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, “Illegal Predicate Searches and Tainted Warrants After Heien and Strieff,” published in the Tulane Law Review, an article entitled “Heien’s Mistake of Law,” which appeared in the Alabama Law Review, and a new edition of her co-authored Criminal Law casebook.

“The Quantum of Suspicion Needed for an Exigent Circumstances Search,” 52 U. Mich. J.L. Reform – (forthcoming 2019)

“Illegal Predicate Searches and Tainted Warrants After Heien and Strieff,” 92 Tul. L. Rev. 837 (2018)

Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (with Stephen A. Saltzburg et al., 4th ed. 2017) 

Heien’s Mistake of Law,” 68 Ala. L. Rev. 121 (2016)

“What Does Edwards Ban?:  Interrogating, Badgering, or Initiating Contact?,” 43 N. Ky. L. Rev. 359 (2017)

“The Supreme Court’s Quiet Expansion of the Qualified Immunity Defense,” 100 Minn. L. Rev. Headnotes 62 (2016)

The Myth of Battered Woman Syndrome, 24 Temple Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 313 (2015)

“Rosemond, Mens Rea, and the Elements of Complicity,” 52 San Diego L. Rev. 133 (2015)

“Probable Cause and Reasonable Suspicion: Totality Tests or Rigid Rules?,” 163 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 75 (2014)

Constitutional Litigation Under Section 1983 (with Mark Brown, 3d ed. 2014)

“The Dog Days of Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence,” 108 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 64 (2013)

“Culpability, Deterrence, and the Exclusionary Rule,” 21 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 821 (2013)

“Feminist Prosecutors and Patriarchal States,” Crim. L. & Phil. (Dec. 2012)

“Camreta and al-Kidd: The Supreme Court, the Fourth Amendment, and Witnesses,” 102 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 283 (2012)

“The Supreme Court’s Love-Hate Relationship with Miranda,” 101 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 375 (2011)

“Iqbal and Supervisory Immunity,” 114 Penn St. L. Rev. 1291 (2010)

“Veteran Police Officers and Three-Dollar Steaks: The Subjective/Objective Dimensions of Probable Cause and Reasonable Suspicion,” 12 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 751 (2010)

“Diminishing Probable Cause and Minimalist Searches,” 6 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 249 (2009)

"Criminal Procedure in Perspective," 98 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 71 (2007)