Ben Trachtenberg

Associate Professor of Law

BA, with distinction, Yale University, '01
MA , University of Limerick, '02
JD , Columbia University, '05

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professor Trachtenberg joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 2010. Before coming to Missouri, Professor Trachtenberg was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School from 2008-2010 where he taught Criminal Law and Environmental Law.  From 2006-2008, he was a Litigation Associate at Covington & Burling LLP assigned to white collar investigations and civil securities cases. While in practice, Professor Trachtenberg also handled pro bono representations in housing and employment law matters.

Professor Trachtenberg received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was Articles Editor on the Columbia Law Review and recipient of several academic awards. He has an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland and a B.A. from Yale in Political Science, with distinction. After graduating from law school, Professor Trachtenberg clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with Judge Jose A. Cabranes.

Professor Trachtenberg has published in the Florida Law Review, the Oregon Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, the Nebraska Law Review, the New York Times, and the ABA Journal, among other publications.

Professor Trachtenberg teaches Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and Trial Practice.

In 2012, Professor Trachtenberg received the Gold Chalk Award for excellence in teaching from the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council.  In 2014, he won the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award, and in 2015, he received the Husch Blackwell Distinguished Faculty Award from the School of Law.

Professor Trachtenberg is chair of the MU Faculty Council on University Policy.

Latest News

Using Shared Governance to Preserve Free Speech on Campus: Professor Trachtenberg in The Chronicle for Higher Education

Law Faculty Help Develop New Policies Designed to Help Campus Community, Visitors Understand Rights Related to Protests and Use of Public Spaces

Professor Trachtenberg Testifies on Two Bills Concerning Police-Involved Shootings and Deaths

Faculty Present to Missouri Attorney General Conference

Universities Should Encourage Teams to Create Casebooks: Professor Trachtenberg Proposes Free Casebooks Plan

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Most Recent Publications

Choosing a Criminal Procedure Casebook: On Lesser Evils and Free Books, 60 SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY LAW JOURNAL 543 (2016).

One More Call to Respect the Time of Grand Juries, 80 MISSOURI LAW REVIEW 1127 (2015).

No, You ‘Stand Up’: Why Prosecutors Should Stop Hiding Behind Grand Juries, 80 MISSOURI LAW REVIEW 1099 (2015).

Testimonial Is As Testimonial Does, 66 FLORIDA LAW REVIEW 467 (2014)

A Law-School Lesson, Learned the Hard Way, CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Jan 18, 2013

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