Benjamin Priester

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Professor of Law



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(904) 256-1127




  • Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2010-present
  • Associate Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2008-2010
  • Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law, 2002-2008;
  • Associate, Ropes & Gray, Washington, DC, 2001-2002;
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Susan H. Black, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1999-2000


  • Sentencing
  • Antiterrorism Enforcement
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure


  • J.D. summa cum laude, December 1998, Duke University School of Law
  • A.B. in Government cum laude, June 1996, Harvard University


  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Antiterrorism Enforcement
  • National Security Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law


Admitted in District of Columbia and Connecticut




  • Benjamin J. Priester, Apprendi Land Becomes Bizarro World: 'Policy Nullification' and Other Surreal Doctrines in the New Constitutional Law of Sentencing, 51 SANTA CLARA L. REV. 1 (2011).
  • Benjamin J. Priester, Terrorist Detention: Directions for Reform, 43 UNIV. RICHMOND L. REV. 1201 (2009).
  • Benjamin J. Priester, Who Is A 'Terrorist'? Drawing the Line Between Criminal Defendants and Military Enemies, 2008 UTAH L. REV. 1255.
  • Benjamin J. Priester, The Canine Metaphor and the Future of Sentencing Reform: Dogs, Tails, and the Constitutional Law of Wagging, 60 S.M.U. L. REV. 209 (2007).
  • Benjamin J. Priester, Return of the Great Writ: Judicial Review of the Detention of Alleged Terrorists as Enemy Combatants, 37 RUTGERS L.J. 39 (2005).
  • Benjamin J. Priester, Structuring Sentencing: Apprendi, the Offense of Conviction, and the Limited Role of Constitutional Law, 79 INDIANA L.J. 863 (2004).
  • Benjamin J. Priester, Constitutional Formalism and the Meaning of Apprendi v. New Jersey, 38 AM. CRIM. L. REV. 281 (2001).
  • H. Jefferson Powell & Benjamin J. Priester, Convenient Shorthand: The Supreme Court and the Language of State Sovereignty, 71 U. COLO. L. REV. 645 (2000).
  • Benjamin J. Priester, Paul G. Rozelle & Mirah A. Horowitz, The Independent Counsel Statute: A Legal History, 62 LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS. 5, 8-37 (Winter 1999).
  • Benjamin J. Priester, Note, Sentenced for a “Crime” the Government Did Not Prove: Jones v. United States and the Constitutional Limitations on Factfinding by Sentencing Factors Rather Than Elements of the Offense, 61 LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS. 249 (Autumn 1998).