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 teaches Criminal Law, Evidence and a seminar on Criminal Justice Reform. 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 in the Yale Law JournalStanford Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Georgia Law Review, and the international journal Criminal Law and Philosophyamong other places.

Before entering academia, Mayson represented indigent clients in criminal proceedings and trained public defenders on the immigration consequences of criminal conviction. After law school she worked as 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 Judge Dolores K. Sloviter on the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals and for U.S. District Court Judge L. Felipe Restrepo in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the UGA faculty, Mayson served as a Research Fellow with the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and as a Furman Academic Fellow at New York University School of Law.

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.

Mayson is Assistant Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for the 2020-21 academic year. 

Publications & Activities


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

The Concept of Criminal Law, 14 Crim. L. &  Phil. 447 (2020).

Boots and Bail on the Ground: Assessing the Implementation of Misdemeanor Bail Reforms in Georgia, 54 Ga. L. Rev. 1235 (2020) (with A. Woods, L. Sudeal, G. Armstrong & A. Potts).

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).