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Andrew King-Ries



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Professor King-Ries teaches Criminal ProcedureCriminal LawDomestic ViolenceJuvenile JusticeLaw & Literature, and White Collar Crime. He has taught clinical and constitutional law.

He was a speechwriter for the Secretary of Education, Lauro Cavazos; a clerk for the United States Court of Appeals of the Eighth Circuit; and, for eight years, was a prosecutor, specializing in domestic violence cases, for the King County Prosecutor's Office in Seattle, Washington. Professor King-Ries is married, has a 12 year-old son, and a 4 year-old dog.

Professor King-Ries graduated from Brown University in 1988 with a degree in History. He received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was Order of the Coif and an editor on the Washington University Law Quarterly.

Professor King-Ries has been appointed to the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.  He currently serves as a member of the Just Response Sexual Assualt Resource Center Advisory Board.  In addition, he is the chair of the Montana Supreme Court Criminal Jury Instructions Committee.  King-Ries is the chair of the University of Montana's Discrimination Grievance Committee.


Arbitrary and Godlike Determinations:  Insanity, Neuroscience, and Social Control in Montana, 76 Mont. L. Rev. 281 (2015)

Teens, Technology, and Cyberstalking:  The Domestic Violence Wave of the Future?, 20 Texas J. Women & L. 131 (2011)

A Fall from Grace:  United States v. W.R. Grace and the Need for Criminal Discovery Reform, 20 Cornell J. L. & Pol. 313 (2010) (co-authored with Beth Brennan)

A Response to The Sound of Silence, 87 Texas L. Rev. See Also 85 (2009).

Just What the Doctor Ordered: The Need for Cross-Cultural Education in Law Schools, 5 Tenn. J. L. & Pol. 27 (2009).

An Argument for Original Intent: Restoring Rule 801(d)(1)(A) to Protect Domestic Violence Victims in a Post-Crawford World, 27 Pace L. Rev. 199 (2007).

Forfeiture by Wrongdoing: A Panacea for Victimless Domestic Violence Prosecutions, 39 Creighton L. Rev. 441 (2006).

State v. Mizenko: The Montana Supreme Court Wades into the Post-Crawford Waters, 67 Mont. L. Rev. 275 (2006).

Crawford v. Washington: The End of Victimless Prosecutions?, 28 Seattle U. L. Rev. 301 (2005).

True to Character: Honoring the Intellectual Foundations of the Character Evidence Rule in Domestic Violence Prosecutions, 23 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 313 (2004).


  • "The Castle Doctrine," Montana State Bar Association Annual Meeting CLE, September 10, 2015
  • "Cell Phones, DNA, and Search Incident to Arrest," Yellowstone County Bar Association CLE, Billings, MT, February 27, 2015
  • Panelist, Mediation and Domestic Violence, Montana Mediation Association Conference, Missoula, MT, April 27, 2012
  • “Technology and the 4th Amendment,” Montana State Bar Association Annual Meeting, September 15, 2012
  • Panelist at “Libby, The Next Conversation” presented by UM Environmental Justice Students, Environmental Studies Program, UM History Department, UM Environmental Law Group, SESJ, and The Institute for Medicine and the Humanities, 2009
  • Panelist, “Key Enforcement and Regulatory Developments in U.S. EPA Region 8,” American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources CLE, Denver, CO, November 5-6, 2009
  • Co-Presenter, “Interdisciplinary Instruction in the Millenial Age: A Live Trial Blog as a Three-Layered Platform for Legal Education,” Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA, June 23, 2009
  • "The Need for Cross-Cultural Skills Education in Law Schools," 2008 International Conference on the Future of Legal Education, hosted by Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA February 20-23, 2008
  • “Honoring the Intellectual Foundations of the Character Evidence Rule in Domestic Violence Prosecutions,” Domestic Violence and the Law:  Theory, Policy, and Practice, St. Louis University Public Law Review Symposium, St. Louis, MO, October 3, 2003