Professor of Law
Faculty Member Portrait


Professor Priester joined Florida Coastal School of Law in 2008 as an Associate Professor of Law.  Prior to his teaching career he was an Associate with Ropes & Gray in Washington, D.C. and was a Law Clerk with the Honorable Susan H. Black at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.


  • Sentencing
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1998, Summa Cum Laude
  • Harvard University, A.B., 1996, Government Cum Laude


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


Law Review Articles
  • Benjamin J. Priester, A Warrant Requirement Resurgence? The Fourth Amendment in the Roberts Court, 93 ST. JOHN'S L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2019)
  • Benjamin J. Priester, From Jones To Jones: Fifteen Years of Incoherence in the Constitutional Law of Sentencing Factfinding, 47 UNIV. TOLEDO L. REV. 413 (2016).
  • Benjamin J. Priester, Five Questions and Three Answers after United States v. Jones (2012), the Fourth Amendment “GPS Case”, 65 OKLA. L. REV. 491 (2013).
  • 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).

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted in District of Columbia and Connecticut


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