William T. Pizzi

Emeritus Faculty
Criminal Law and Procedure; Comparative Law

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 400A
Phone: (303) 492-6470
E-mail: william.pizzi@colorado.edu

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Educational Background:
M.A.   University of Massachusetts   1971  
J.D.   Harvard Law School   1971   cum laude
A.B.   Holy Cross College   1965  
William Pizzi has been a member of the Colorado Law School faculty since 1975. He came to Colorado in 1975, after spending a few years as Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Jersey. He specializes in criminal law, with special interest in foreign criminal trial systems. Professor Pizzi's belief in the comparative study of law has compelled him to coordinate many of the law school's study abroad programs, and he recently served as a professor on the Semester-at-Sea program. Professor Pizzi has always been active in Colorado's legal community, working on the Colorado Bar Association's Ethics Committee and, most recently, serving as the reporter for the Governor's Columbine Review Commission. His task was to take the information from more than a year of meetings, testimony and interviews, and put together a cohesive report. He worked to produce the report with help from other members of the commission, while continuing his regular teaching schedule at Colorado Law School. "It was a very difficult task, because there was no model to follow. It was very much a team effort," Professor Pizzi said of the report. He was pleased with the results of the commission and said, "I'm proud of the recommendations that will help make Colorado schools safer."

Published Books

Trials without Truth, (NYU Press 1999). (Juicios y mentiras, translation with notes into Spanish by Carlos Fidalgo Gallardo, (Tecnos Press, Madrid 2004).


Understanding the United States' Incarceration Rate, 95 Judicature 207 (2012).
Rethinking Attempt Under the Model Penal Code, 9 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 771 (2012).
The Need to Overrule Mapp v. Ohio, 82 U. Colo. L. Rev. 679 (2011), reprinted in 39 Search & Seizure L. Rep. 29 (2012).
Colorado v. Connelly: What Really Happened, 7 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 377 (2009).
"Makeup Calls" in Sports & Courts, 11 Green Bag 2d 333 (2008).
A Comparative Perspective on the Sentencing Chaos in the U.S., Global Jurist Topics: Vol. 6: No. 1, Article 2 (2006).
Overcoming Logistical and Structural Barriers to Fair Trials at International Tribunals, International Commentary on Evidence: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 4 (2006).
El caos producido por el fallo "Blakely v. Washington" de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos in el sistema de mesura de la pena, 2006-2 Revista de Derecho Procesal Penal (Argentina) 77 (2006).
Pizzi (with Blair and Judd), Discrimination in Sentencing on the Basis of Afrocentric Features, 10 Mich. J. Race & Law (2005).
Pizzi (with Morris B. Hoffman), Taking Miranda's Pulse, 58 Vand. L. Rev. 813 (2005).
Pizzi (with Mongagna), The Battle to Establish an Adversarial Trial System in Italy, 25 Mich. J. Int'l L. 429, )(reprinted in Paolo Carozza, Comparative Legal Traditions (3d ed. 2007) and in Raneta Mack, Comparative Criminal Procedure: History, Processes and Case Studies (2008). Published in translation (La Batalla para el Establecimiento de un Sistema penal acusatorio in Italia) in Derechovirtual.com, an online journal of the Catholic University of Peru (2004)..
Juicios y Mentiras: Cronica de la Crisis del Procesa Penal Estadounidense, [Trials Without Truth] (2004).
Do Jury Trials Encourage Harsh Punishments?, St. Louis Univ. Public Law Review (2002).
Pizzi (with Hoffman), Jury Selection Errors on Appeal, 38 American Criminal Law Rev. 1391 (2001).
The Green Grass of Crown Court, 150 New Law Journal (Eng.) 1311 (2000).
Victims' Rights: Rethinking Our "Adversary System", Utah Law Review 349 (1999).
Victims' Rights in the US, 148 New Law Journal (Eng.) 1805 (1998).
The American "Adversary System"?, 100 West. Virginia L. Rev. 847 (1998).
Punishment and Procedure in the US, 148 New Law Journal (Eng.) 988 (1998).
Pizzi (with Walter Perron), Crime Victims in German Courtrooms: A Comparative Perspective on American Problems, 32 Stan. J. Int. L. 37 (1996).

Book Chapters

A Comparative Look at the Roles and Functions of the Prosecution and Defense in Western Trial Systems, (Shlomo Giroa Shoham, Ori Beck & Martin Kett eds.) (2008).
The Influence of Criminal Defendants' Afrocentric Features on Their Sentences, in Critical Race Realism: Intersections of Psychology, Race, and Law (New Press) (with Irene V. Blair & Charles M. Judd). (2008).
Sentencing in the U.S.: An Inquisitorial Soul in an Adversarial Body?, in Crime, Procedure and Evidence in a Comparative and International Context: Essays in Honour of Professor Mirjan Damaska 65 (John Jackson, Maximo Langer and Peter Tillers eds.). (2008).
Trials Without Truth In The US Criminal Justice System, in L'AMÉRICANISATION DU DROIT SUISSE E CONTINENTAL 101 (Martin Killias, editor) (Geneva 2006)..
Criminal Trials, in Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, Revised Edition (2001).