Michelle Ghetti

Louisiana Health and Ethics Outside Counsel Endowed Professor of Law
Phone: (225) 771-4900 ext. 210
Fax: (225) 771-5913
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Courses: Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Criminal Trial Procedure, Evidence, Law and Religion, Professional Responsibility, Domestic Violence Seminar

Expertise: Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Ethics and Professionalism, Trial Skills, Domestic Violence, Law and Religion

Professor Ghetti has focused her career in academia in four main areas: Criminal Practice, Legal Ethics, Domestic Violence and freedom of religion issues. Her goals are to spread information and affect change. Towards those goals, in addition to teaching and writing, she serves on numerous policy making committees and task forces, is a frequent speaker at local, national and international conferences, is frequently interviewed by the media, and has written and testified on behalf of or against numerous pieces of legislation.

In the areas of Criminal Practice & Evidence, Professor Ghetti served on the Louisiana Indigent Defense Assistance Board for 6 years resigning to take her place on the Louisiana Legislative Task Force to Study Indigent Defense, which lead to the revamping of the public defender system in Louisiana. She has served on the Youth Advocacy Task Force and chaired a Juvenile Justice Symposium, both advocating change in the state’s juvenile delinquency laws and procedures. She also serves on numerous committees formed by the Governor’s office, Supreme Court, and various bar associations and is a long-time member of the Louisiana Law Institute Committees on Criminal Law and Evidence having helped draft parts of the Louisiana Code of Evidence and numerous criminal laws. Professor Ghetti has taught constitutional criminal procedure to law enforcement related agencies in Poland, Turkey, and the former country of Czechoslovakia. She has co-authored and edits the Louisiana Benchbook on Capital Trials, and the Louisiana Best Practices Blackbook, used by district court judges throughout the state, as well as written other articles on Fourth Amendment, habeas corpus and evidence issues. She is a legislative consultant to the Louisiana Association and Criminal Defense Attorneys.

In the area of Legal Ethics, Professor Ghetti is a fellow with the National Institute For Teaching Ethics and Professionalism and the Louisiana Bar Foundation, having served as its Scholar in Residence from 1997 to 1999. She is an active member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and is the former president of the Dean Henry George McMahon American Inns of Court in which she is currently a master. Professor Ghetti formerly served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Bar Admissions and served on the Testing Committee, which is studying a rewrite of the state bar exam. She also served on the state bar’s Committee on Professionalism and Quality of Life and chaired a subcommittee of the Supreme Court’s Conclave on Legal Education having edited the published report of the Conclave. She has written articles on the use of runners and the permanent disbarment.

As a survivor of domestic violence, Professor Ghetti is always available to speak on both legal and personal issues surrounding this serious societal issue. She has spoken on domestic violence issues to judicial, legal and law enforcement organizations as well as to local civic and religious groups. She has appeared on television and radio. She also teaches prosecutors how to prosecute without the victim and has written law review articles regarding the same. She has written or revised numerous laws relating to domestic violence and takes on an active role at the legislature each session. Her experiences with domestic violence can be read about in the book No Daddy, Don’t written by Irene Pence.

Professor Ghetti is an avid advocate for freedom to practice one’s religion and wrote Louisiana’s Preservation of Religious Freedom Act in 2010. She is an active ally of the Alliance Defense Fund and a former board member of the Rutherford Foundation. She helped write, produced and appeared in a local cable special on the Equal Access Act.

Professor Ghetti graduated second in her class from Louisiana State University Law School in 1983, although she matriculated her senior year at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and has been named to the LSU Law School Hall of Fame. She practiced tax and bankruptcy litigation with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Dallas for 4 ½ years before returning to Louisiana to enter into a commercial litigation practice. She joined the SULC faculty in 1991. Professor Ghetti is an active member of the Republican National Lawyers Association and is the advisor to the Federalist Society and the College Republicans on campus.