James Alec Gelin

James Alec Gelin

Associate Professor




B.A., Amherst College, magna cum laude
J.D., Duke University School of Law, with Honors

Courses Taught

Criminal Pretrial Practice; Legal Writing, Research & Analysis I and II; Trial Advocacy & Writing

Career Highlights

Professor Gelin is an experienced trial attorney who represented indigent defendants as a Senior Assistant Public Defender with the Office of the DeKalb County Public Defender from 1991 through 2010. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s office, he practiced corporate law, first at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, and then at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP in Atlanta. Professor Gelin is the Co-Faculty Adviser to the student organization, OutLaw and Allies. From 1994 through 1995, Professor Gelin taught criminal law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School as an Adjunct Professor.


Unwarranted Punishment: Why the Practice of Isolating Transgender Youth in Juvenile Detention Facilities Violates the Eighth Amendment, U.C. Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy, Volume 18, Issue 1 (2014).