Lyn Entzeroth JD

Dean of College of Law
Dean John Rogers Professor of Law College of Law
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


Dean Entzeroth teaches courses on capital punishment, constitutional law, criminal procedure and other related courses. Her primary research is in the field of capital punishment and federal habeas corpus litigation and among her works is the co-authored casebook, Capital Punishment and the Judicial Process (4th ed.). Her recent research and scholarship examines the process of enacting or abolishing capital punishment laws at the state legislative level and the intersection of these democratic changes in the law and the constitutional evolution of the scope and meaning of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Entzeroth joined the College of Law faculty in 2002. Previously, she practiced law in Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma. She also clerked for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. She served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from July 2012 to June 2015 and previously served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development. Lyn Entzeroth was appointed Dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair on July 1, 2015.

J.D., Tulane University
B.A., University of Wisconsin

Primary Research: Capital Punishment
Federal Habeas Corpus Litigation
Among her works is the co-authored casebook, Capital Punishment and the Judicial Process (4th ed.).
Recent Scholarship examines the intersection of democratic processes and constitutional interpretation. 

Constitutional Law
Capital Punishment

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Law Reviews

Amy L. Sayward and Margaret Vandiver eds., Tennessee's New Abolitionists: The Fight to End the Death Penalty in the Volunteer State (2010), (book review) 52 J. Legal Hist. 555 (2012).

The End of the Beginning: The Politics of Death and the American Death Penalty Regime in the Twenty-First Century, 90 Or. L. Rev. 797 (2012).

Brady Violations Committed by the Prosecutor's Office in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, 26 Amicus Journal 28 (2011).

David R. Dow, The Autobiography of an Execution (2010), (book review) 38 J. Psychiatry and L. 619 (2011).

The Challenge and Dilemma of Charting a Course to Constitutionally Protect the Severely Mentally Ill Capital Defendant from the Death Penalty, 44 Akron L. Rev. 529 (2011).

John York ed., Against the Death Penalty: International Initiatives and Implications (2008), (book review) 21 Amicus J. 31 (2010).

Judicial Advocacy in Pro Se Litigation: A Return to Neutrality, (with the Honorable Robert Bacharach) 42 Ind. L. Rev. 19 (2009).

The Illusion of Sanity: The Constitutional and Moral Danger of Allowing States to Medicate Condemned Prisoners in Order to Execute Them, 76 Tenn. L. Rev. 641 (2009).

The United States' Continuing Practice of Executing the Mentally Ill, 20 Amicus J. 14 (2009).

Judicial Profile: Honorable Bana Roberts, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Western District of Oklahoma, 54 The Federal Lawyer (2007).

Symposium Foreward, The Death Penalty and the Question of Actual Innocence, 42 Tulsa L. Rev. 205 (2006).

Reflections on Fifteen Years of the Teague v. Lane Retroactivity Paradigm: A Study of the Persistence, the Pervasiveness, and the Perversity of the Court's Doctrine, 35 N.M. L. Rev. 161 (2005).

Struggling for Federal Judicial Review of Successive Claims of Innocence: A Study of How Federal Courts Wrestled With the AEDPA to Provide Review to Federal Prisoners Serving Prison Sentences for Non-Existent Crimes, 60 Miami L. Rev. 75 (2005).

Federal Habeas Review of Death Sentences, Where Are We Now?: A Review of Wiggins v. Smith and Miller-El v. Cockrell, 39 Tulsa L. Rev. 49 (2003).

Constitutional Prohibition on the Execution of the Mentally Retarded: Atkins v. Virginia, 38 Tulsa L. Rev. 299 (2002).

Putting the Mentally Retarded Criminal Defendant to Death: Charting the Development of a National Consensus to Exempt the Mentally Retarded from the Death Penalty, 52 Alabama Law Review 911 (2001).

Report Regarding Implementation of the American Bar Association's Recommendations and Resolutions Concerning the Death Penalty and Calling for a Moratorium on Executions, (with Randall Coyne) 4 Geo. J. Fighting Poverty 1 (1996).

Note, Labor Law Preemption: Allis-Chalmers v. Lueck, 60 Tul. L. Rev. 1077 (1987).


Capital Punishment and the Judicial Process (with Randall Coyne) (4th ed., Carolina Academic Press 2012) (1994) (with annual supplements).