Visiting Professor Marcia Ziegler joins the Louisville Law faculty teaching Lawyering Skills I and II. She previously taught Torts II and Family Law for UofL and Introduction to Legal Analysis for the Concord School of Law at Purdue Global.
Professor Ziegler graduated fifth in her class from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, which she attended on a full academic scholarship. At Dickinson, she was an articles editor of the Law Review and Treasurer of the Student Government Association. Her academic distinctions include the Kalodner Memorial Award for Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, a Corpus Juris Secundum award in Civil Procedure, and an academic award in Property. She was also inducted into the Woolsack society, Dickinson's honor society. She graduated summa cum laude from both Hope College and Northwestern Michigan College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her undergraduate degrees are in Political Science, Biology, and Music.
Since 2010, Professor Ziegler has chaired an undergraduate program in Legal Studies and taught in multiple undergraduate fields. Her teaching experience includes courses in Law, Criminal Justice, Business, Student Success, and Psychology. Her teaching interests include Evidence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Juvenile Law, Legal Research and Writing, and High Profile Crimes and Serial Killers. Professor Ziegler has extensive experience in online pedagogy and has written dozens of courses for one of the largest undergraduate systems in the country, including courses on Legal Writing, Legal Ethics, and Law Office Technology. She also has a background in higher education administration and has created innovative undergraduate programs like an expungement clinic and an arts and theater initiative.
Prior to her career in academia, Professor Ziegler was a trial court prosecutor in multiple states. While in law school, she prosecuted jury trials, bench trials and misdemeanor appeals for the Cumberland County, Pennsylvania District Attorney's office. She completed a clerkship for the Norfolk, Virginia Circuit Court and was also an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney there, where she prosecuted child abuse, domestic violence, property crimes and gang-related cases, among others. She was also a Deputy Prosecutor in Hamilton County, Indiana, where she worked in felony court prosecuting A, B, and C level felonies and murder.
Professor Ziegler's scholarly interests include police reform, mental health and the criminal justice system, access to civil justice and gender and the law. She has presented to academic institutions, law enforcement agencies, and local government bodies on a variety of topics including police reform, evidence presentation, and pedagogy.