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Professor Colb’s Scholarship


When Sex Counts: Making Babies and Making Law (Rowman & Littlefield 2007).

Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? And Other Questions People Ask Vegans (Lantern 2013).

Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights (Columbia University Press 2016).

Selected Law Review Articles

Innocence, Privacy, and Targeting in Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence, 96 Colum. L. Rev. 1457 (1996).

Stopping a Moving Target, 3 Rutgers Race & The Law Rev. 191 (2001).

Whodunit Versus What Was Done: When to Admit Character Evidence in Criminal Cases, 79 N.C. L. Rev. 939 (2001).

What is a Search? Two Conceptual Flaws in Fourth Amendment Doctrine and Some Hints of a Remedy, 55 Stan. L. Rev. 119 (2002).

Why is Torture Different and How Different Is It?, 30 Cardozo L. Rev. 1411 (2009).

Decoding “Never Again”, 16 Rutgers J. Law & Religion 254 (2015).

“Never Having Loved at All”: An Overlooked Interest that Grounds the Abortion Right, 48 Conn. L. Rev. 933 (2016).

“If We Didn’t Eat Them, They Wouldn’t Exist”: The Nonidentity Problem’s Implications for Animals (Including Humans), 2 Am. J. L. & Equality 247 (2022).

Essays for Popular Audiences

From March 2000 through December 2010, Professor Colb wrote a column every two weeks for FindLaw’s Writ. These columns are archived here.

In November 2011, the former Writ columnists moved to Justia’s Verdict, where Professor Colb’s bi-weekly columns continued to appear through August 2022. These columns are archived here.

The hundreds of essays on Writ and Verdict cover nearly every conceivable law-related topic, often overlapping with Professor Colb’s scholarly interests in criminal procedure, evidence, feminism, or animal rights, but also exploring such varied topics as mediation, trigger warnings, religion, and many many more.

In addition, Professor Colb frequently blogged at DorfonLaw. Her blog posts there can be readily found by typing “by Sherry F. Colb” in the search box in the top right corner of the blog.