Sandra G. Mayson

Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., Yale University
J.D., New York University


Criminal Law
Seminar on Criminal Justice Reform

Biographical Information: 

Sandra G. “Sandy” Mayson has joined the University of Georgia School of Law teaching Criminal Law, Evidence and a seminar on Criminal Justice Reform. Mayson comes to UGA from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as a Research Fellow for the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice. She previously served as a Furman Academic Fellow at New York University School of Law.

Mayson’s scholarship explores intersections between criminal law, constitutional law and legal theory, with a focus on the role of risk assessment and preventive restraint in the criminal justice system. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and the Notre Dame Law Review, among other places.

Before entering academia, Mayson represented indigent clients in criminal proceedings and trained public defenders on the immigration consequences of criminal conviction. Following law school, she was a trial attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow at Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, a legal fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, and a judicial clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Judge Dolores K. Sloviter and U.S. District Court Judge L. Felipe Restrepo in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mayson received her B.A. in comparative literature summa cum laude from Yale University. She earned her law degree magna cum laude from New York University, where she was an articles editor of the New York University Law Review, an Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar, a Florence Allen Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Publications & Activities


Misdemeanors by the Numbers, B.C. L. Rev. (forthcoming) (with M. Stevenson).

Detention by Any Other Name, 69 Duke L.J.1643 (2020).                           

Bias in, Bias Out, 128 Yale L.J. 2218 (2019).

The Scale of Misdemeanor Justice, 98 B.U. L. Rev. 731 (2018) (with M. Stevenson).

Dangerous Defendants, 127 Yale. L.J. 490 (2018).

The Downstream Consequences of Misdemeanor Pretrial Detention, 69 Stan. L. Rev. 711
(2017) (with P. Heaton & M. Stevenson).

Collateral Consequences and the Preventive State, 91 Notre Dame L. Rev 301 (2015).


"Carbon Footprint Labeling in Climate Finance", in Climate Finance: Regulatory and Funding Strategies for Climate Change and Global Development (R. Stewart, B. Kingsbury & B. Rudyk, eds. 2009).