Michele Martinez Campbell
Associate Professor of Law
AB, Harvard College;
JD, Stanford Law School
Professor Michele Martinez Campbell specializes in criminal law and criminal procedure law, and also has expertise in trial and appellate advocacy, Title III wiretap law, and international extradition law. At Vermont Law School, she teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Practice, Criminal Law, and an Advanced Criminal Law Seminar.
Professor Martinez Campbell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and received her JD with distinction from Stanford Law School. After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the Northern District of California, then spent three years as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, and entered on duty as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York (covering Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island), where she served as Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit.
While in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Professor Martinez Campbell conducted numerous jury trials, evidentiary hearings, appellate oral arguments, and sentencing proceedings. She investigated and prosecuted cases relating to narcotics, racketeering, homicide, kidnapping, weapons violations, money laundering and fraud, working closely with FBI, DEA, ATF, US Customs, NYPD and other law enforcement agencies. She conducted over a hundred grand jury investigations, including witness presentations and documentary investigations. She is also an expert on federal wiretap law, having obtained authorization for and supervised scores of federal wiretaps in narcotics and racketeering cases, including coordinating high-level wiretap investigations of international narcotics cartels among numerous federal districts. In addition, she has substantial experience working with foreign governments relating to extraditions and information sharing.
After leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office, Professor Martinez Campbell became an award-winning crime novelist. Her legal thriller series featuring federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas includes Most Wanted (2005) (named one of the top fiction debuts of 2005 by Library Journal and one of the Best Mysteries of 2005 by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel); The Finishing School (2006) (winner of the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Police Procedural of 2006); Cover-Up (starred review, Publisher's Weekly); and Notorious (2008). Titles in the series have been published in Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian, Estonian, audio and large print formats. She has also published several short stories, and done hundreds of media and public appearances including national book tours and television, radio and print interviews.