Ion Meyn

Associate Professor of Law


Ion Meyn teaches in the areas of civil and criminal procedure, civil rights, and race and the law.

His scholarship examines how the criminal legal system constructs and maintains racial and class hierarchies. His research also addresses police use-of-force. His work appears in the Fordham Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Arizona Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, and the American Journal of Criminal Law.

He serves as the Reporter for the American Bar Association Diversion Standards. He also serves as Co-Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section's Academic Committee. On behalf of the ABA, he served as an observer of the trial against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri in Guantanamo. He has also served as an expert in litigation involving Calfornia's Racial Justice Act.

Professor Meyn clerked at the district court for Sixth Circuit Judge Bernice Donald. He also interned for California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin.

He has contributed to public discussions on criminal procedure, criminal law, and policing, appearing on CNN, NPR, Bloomberg, Fox6 News, KCBS, and Wisconsin Public Radio, writing for NBC, Lawfare, the Wisconsin State Journal, and the Capitol Times, and being quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post, USA Today and the Associated Press.

Previously, he litigated business and election law disputes in California, worked on behalf of the Wisconsin State Public Defender, and served as a supervising attorney at the Wisconsin Innocence Project, where he led teams that secured exonerations in homicide cases.

Scholarship & Publications


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  • Ion Meyn participated in the closing plenary, "Confronting Our History: The Role of Race in the Criminallegal System," at the ABA's Criminal Justice Section's 2020 Fall Institute. The session was moderated by 6th Circuit Judge Bernice Donald and included Federal District Judge Carlton Reeves, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson, and Professors Angela Davis and Barbara Creel. Meyn's talk was titled, "Constructing Separate and Unequal Courtrooms."

  • Ion Meyn co-organized the American Bar Association workshopping conference, "Big Data and Equal Protection," which took place in November. Fifty criminal law scholars participated in the event, including keynote speaker Dean L. Song Richardson of UC Irvine Law School. The AALS Criminal Justice Section and the Academy for Justice Center at Arizona State University were event partners.

  • Ion Meyn's article, "The 'Haves' of Procedure," was published in William & Mary Law Review in April.

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Teaching Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Procedure

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