Positions

Overview

  • Professor Scherr is a nationally recognized authority on forensic DNA evidence. Since 1990, he has served as the lead attorney in numerous pretrial hearings in homicide, robbery and sexual assault cases to determine the admissibility of forensic DNA evidence.

    In addition to his work involving forensic DNA evidence, Professor Scherr has extensive experience as a trial and appellate lawyer for more than 20 years. He has handled over 40 homicide cases and has trial experience as a criminal defense lawyer in a wide variety of cases, including substantial Daubert and Frye litigation.

    As a law professor, Professor Scherr teaches courses in criminal procedure, evidence, expert witnesses and scientific evidence, genetics and the law and trial advocacy. He also directs the Trial Advocacy Program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He has lectured to judges and lawyers on a variety of evidence issues.

    Professor Scherr was the principal investigator on a two–year NIH grant to study genetics, police investigation and Constitutional privacy. He has also co-designed and taught a national model, NIH–funded, Summer Faculty Institute at Dartmouth for 9 years that educates undergraduate faculty from around the country in the ethical, legal and social issues of the Human Genome Project. He has lectured to judges, attorneys, educators and others regionally and nationally on a variety of genetics and law issues.

    Professor Scherr was chair and president of the ACLU of NH for 5 1/2 years and he was a member of the ACLU's national Board of Directors and chair of the Board's Patents and Civil Liberties Committee for 6 1/2 years. He was also a member of the ACLU-NH's Board of Directors and its executive committee.

    Professor Scherr has also worked closely as a cooperating attorney for the ACLU-NH on a number of issues involving economic justice in the criminal justice system. He has authored successful statutory legislation on debtors' prisons and bail reform as well as a proposed constitutional amendment on informational privacy.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2024 Criminal Legal Reform in New Hampshire: One Law Professor's ActivismUNH Law Review.  22:455-455. 2024
    2023 A New State Constitutional Right to Informational Privacy: The Origins SpeakJurimetrics: journal of law, science and technology2023
    2022 INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL IN DNA CASES: A RE-APPRAISAL OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF STRICKLAND V. WASHINGTON JUDGESLoyola of Los Angeles Law Review.  55:527-527. 2022
    2018 Lost Labor: Fair Chance Hiring in New Hampshire 2018
    2015 Brief for Professor Albert E. Scherr as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Raynor v. MarylandLegal Scholarship2015
    2014 A. Scherr, “Genetic Privacy & The Fourth Amendment: Unregulated Surreptitious DNA Harvesting,” in The Search & Seizure Law Report, 2014
    2013 Genetic Privacy and the Fourth Amendment: Unregulated Surreptitious DNA HarvestingGeorgia law review (Athens, Ga. : 1966).  47:445-526. 2013
    2003 Rule of Law Project Meets ’Arbitrary and Capricious’ Obstacles in Vologda, RussiaNew Hampshire Bar Journal.  44:19-19. 2003
    1994 The rebirth of forensic psychiatry in light of recent historical trends in criminal responsibility.Psychiatric Clinics of North America.  17:611-635. 1994
    A New State Constitutional Right to Informational Privacy: The Origins SpeakJurimetrics: journal of law, science and technology

    Article

    Year Title
    2018 State v. Joseph Brawley 2018
    2015 Debtors' Prison in New Hampshire 2015
    Right to Counsel and End-stage Fine Payment hearings

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2019 “One Rule-of-Law Project in Post-Soviet Russia” 2019
    2018 “Cyber Attacks: Cyber Crime or Cyber War?” 2018
    2017 A. Scherr, “Privacy in Public Spaces: The Problem of Out-of-Body DNA,” Privacy in Public Space: Regulatory and Legal Challenges, Timan, Newell & Koops, eds., 2017

    Principal Investigator On

    Teaching Activities

  • Capstone Research Project Taught course
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course
  • Crim Proced II: Adjudication Taught course
  • Evidence Taught course
  • Expert Witness&Scien Evidence Taught course
  • Independent Study Taught course
  • Independent Study Taught course
  • Innocence Practicum Taught course
  • Internatnl White Collar Crime Taught course
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2023
  • Criminal Law Taught course 2023
  • Evidence Taught course 2023
  • Innocence Practicum Taught course 2023
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2022
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2022
  • Expert Witness&Scien Evidence Taught course 2022
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2022
  • Independent Study Taught course 2022
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2022
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2022
  • Independent Study Taught course 2022
  • Independent Study Taught course 2022
  • Internatl Criminal Law Survey Taught course 2022
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2021
  • Evidence Taught course 2021
  • Evidence Taught course 2021
  • Expert Witness&Scien Evidence Taught course 2021
  • Independent Study Taught course 2021
  • Independent Study Taught course 2021
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2021
  • Independent Study Taught course 2021
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2021
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2021
  • Independent Study Taught course 2021
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2020
  • Evidence Taught course 2020
  • Expert Witness&Scien Evidence Taught course 2020
  • Independent Study Taught course 2020
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2020
  • Independent Study Taught course 2020
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2020
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2020
  • Independent Study Taught course 2020
  • Independent Study Taught course 2020
  • Internatl Criminal Law Survey Taught course 2020
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2019
  • Evidence Taught course 2019
  • Expert Witness&Scien Evidence Taught course 2019
  • Independent Study Taught course 2019
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2019
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2019
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2019
  • Independent Study Taught course 2019
  • Internatl Criminal Law Survey Taught course 2019
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2018
  • Evidence Taught course 2018
  • Expert Witness&Scien Evidence Taught course 2018
  • Internatl Criminal Law Survey Taught course 2018
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2018
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2018
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2018
  • Internatl Criminal Law Survey Taught course 2018
  • Evidence Taught course 2017
  • Internatl Criminal Law Survey Taught course 2017
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2017
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2017
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2017
  • Expert Witness&Scien Evidence Taught course 2017
  • Internatl Criminal Law Survey Taught course 2017
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2016
  • Evidence Taught course 2016
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2016
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2016
  • Evidence Taught course 2016
  • Internatl Criminal Law Survey Taught course 2016
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2015
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2015
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2015
  • Capstone Research Project Taught course 2015
  • Evidence Taught course 2015
  • Internatl Criminal Law Survey Taught course 2015
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2014
  • Crim Proced I: Investigation Taught course 2014
  • Expert Witness&Scien Evidence Taught course 2014
  • Internatl Criminal Law Survey Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. History, Yale University
  • J.D., Vermont Law School
  • Full Name

  • Albert Scherr
  • Mailing Address

  • UNH School of Law

    2 White Street

    Concord, NH  03301

    USA