James M. Doyle
Mr. Doyle focuses the lessons of hundreds of hard-fought jury trials, extensive scholarly and appellate writing, and decades of teaching lawyers, on a wide range of civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts.
Mr. Doyle graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law and holds an LL.M. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was awarded an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship. He was an Assistant Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law Center. He was managing editor of the BNA Complex Litigation Project. He moved to Boston in 1987,and became senior trial counsel at the Roxbury Defenders. Before joining Carney & Bassil of counsel, he headed the statewide Public Defender Division of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services.
Mr. Doyle has 35 years of experience with a unique mix of litigation. That experience convinces him that no case is routine. Every case, civil or criminal, trial or appellate, requires gritty fact investigation, meticulous analysis of cutting-edge legal doctrine, and plain-language advice to clients. This approach has succeeded in the trials of will contests, murder cases, and civil rights claims. Appellate successes include the reversal of a death sentence, in Cervi v. Kemp, and the invalidation of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Law as unconstitutional in Doe v. Attorney General. For the past twenty years he has served as volunteer counsel for death row inmates.
Mr. Doyle is the co-author, with Elizabeth Loftus, of Eyewitness Testimony: Civil and Criminal, the leading treatise for lawyers confronting eyewitness trials. He is also the author of numerous scholarly articles on evidence, expert testimony, and capital litigation. He is also the author of the general audience history True Witness: Cops, Courts, Science and the Battle Against Misidentification.
During the current year he is dividing his time between practice in Boston and his role as founding Director of the Center for Modern Forensic Practice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
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