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Liza Karsai

Liza Karsai

Associate Professor


404-872-3593 Ext. 256


B.A., University of California at Los Angeles
J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, summa cum laude

Courses Taught

Advanced Evidence; Evidence; Torts

Career Highlights

SSRN Papers

Prior to joining the John Marshall Law School faculty in 2007, Professor Karsai was a Partner at New York City’s Kaye Scholer LLP, where she was national counsel to pharmaceutical companies in mass tort litigation. She has extensive experience in complex litigation, including product liability, antitrust, and environmental. Her experience includes trials in the U.S. and abroad, as well as various aspects of trial strategy and preparation, and national management and coordination of pharmaceutical litigations involving numerous regional and local counsel. While in law school, Professor Karsai served on Law Review and the Moot Court Executive Board.


The “Horse-Stealer’s” Trial Returns:  How Crawford’s Testimonial/Nontestimonial Test Revives Some of History’s Wrongs and Harms the Right to Confront Witnesses, the Presumption of Innocence, and the “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” Standard, forthcoming,  62 Drake L. Rev. __ (2013) (forthcoming).

In Fear for Her Life: How Applying the Forfeiture by Wrongdoing Exception to Shield Witness Identities Could Leave Endangered Witnesses Out in the Cold, 19 Va. J. Soc. Pol’y & Law 450 (2012)

You Can’t Give My Name: Rethinking Witness Anonymity in Light of the U.S. and British Experience, 79 Tenn. L. Rev. 29 (2011)

From Gaudin to Giles: Context, Equity and the Admission of “Words from the Grave” Against the Accused Killer, 79 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1371 (2011)