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Jim Fleissner

Professor Jim Fleissner

Jim Fleissner Professor of Law



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  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Criminal Investigation
  • Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure

Jim Fleissner’s teaching and scholarship are focused on criminal law and procedure, evidence, trial and appellate practice, and legal history. Upon graduating from law school in 1986, Fleissner was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago. As a federal prosecutor, he gained extensive experience investigating and prosecuting a variety of federal cases and held several supervisory positions, last serving as Chief of the forty-five lawyer General Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Since joining the Mercer faculty in 1994, Jim Fleissner has complemented his academic activities with engagement in practice, including additional part-time service as a federal prosecutor as a Senior Associate Independent Counsel (1998-2000), Deputy Special Counsel (2004-2009), and full-time service during a leave of absence as Chief of Criminal Appeals for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago (2003-2005).

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