Peter L. Arenella

Peter L. Arenella

Professor of Law Emeritus
B.A. Wesleyan University, 1969
J.D. Harvard, 1972
UCLA Faculty Since 1987

Articles and Chapters

The Perils of T.V. Legal Punditry, 1998 University of Chicago Legal Forum Symposium Issue 25-52 (1998).
Miranda Stories, 20 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 375-87 (1997).
Televising High Profile Trials: Are We Better Off Pulling the Plug?, 37 Santa Clara Law Review 879-912 (1997).
Demystifying the Abuse Excuse: Is There One?, 19 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 703-09 (1996).
O. J. Lessons, 69 Southern California Law Review 1233-65 (1996).
Simms Memorial Lecture Explaining the Unexplainable: Analyzing the Simpson Verdict, 26 New Mexico Law Review 349-66 (1996).
Convicting the Morally Blameless: Reassessing the Relationship between Legal and Moral Accountability, 39 UCLA Law Review 1511-622 (1992).
Contributor, in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution: Supplement I (edited by Leonard W. Levy, Kenneth L. Karst et al., Macmillan, 1992).
Character, Choice and Moral Agency: The Relevance of Character to Our Moral Culpability Judgments, 2 Social Philosophy & Policy 59-83 (1990). Reprinted in Crime, Culpability and Remedy 59-83 (edited by Ellen F. Paul et al., Blackwell, 1990).
Diminished Capacity, in 2 Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice 612-17 (edited by S. Kadish, Free Press, 1983).
Rethinking the Functions of Criminal Procedure: The Warren and Burger Courts’ Competing Ideologies, 72 Georgetown Law Journal 185-248 (1983).
Reflections on Current Proposals to Abolish or Reform the Insanity Defense, 8 American Journal of Law and Medicine 271-84 (1982).
Reporter, in ABA Grand Jury Policy and Model Act 2nd ed. (ABA Section of Criminal Justice, 1982). Prior edition: 1st, 1977.
Schmerber and the Privilege against Self-Incrimination: A Reappraisal, 20 American Criminal Law Review 31-61 (1982).
Reforming the State Grand Jury System: A Model Grand Jury Act, 13 Rutgers Law Journal (1981).
Reforming the Federal Grand Jury and the State Preliminary Hearing to Prevent Conviction without Adjudication, 78 Michigan Law Review 463-585 (1980). Reprinted in 7 National Journal of Criminal Defense 299-443 (1981).
The Diminished Capacity and Diminished Responsibility Defenses: Two Children of a Doomed Marriage, 77 Columbia Law Review 827-65 (1977).


The Perils of Punditry (In Pro Per Column), California Lawyer (October, 1997).
Daily Column on Simpson Trial Developments, Legal Pad (January-October, 1995).
Victims Must Be Held Accountable for Their Own Crimes, Los Angeles Daily Journal at 6 (Jan. 28, 1994).
Are Kids Who Lash Back Culpable? (When Victims Strike Back; Part 2), Los Angeles Times at B7 (Aug. 4, 1993).
Should the Law Blame the Victim Who Takes Revenge? (When Victims Strike Back; Part 1), Los Angeles Times at B7 (Aug. 3, 1993).
Dissecting the King Verdict: Prosecutor’s Mistakes, Jurors’ Subconscious Racism, Led to Acquittals, Los Angeles Daily Journal at 6 (May 7, 1992).
Prosecutions Error’s, Jury’s Attitudes May Have Acquitted LAPD Officers, Daily News Viewpoint 1, 4 (May 3, 1992).
Burger Court Took a Different Road, Los Angeles Times at 5 (June 27, 1986).
“Right” to Silence Diluted by the Burger Court, National Law Journal at 30-32 (Aug. 1, 1983).
Book Review, 80 Columbia Law Review 420-34 (1980). Reviewing Mental Disabilities and Criminal Responsibility, by Herbert Fingarette and Ann Fingarette Haus.