Professor Sanjay Chhablani’s teaching and research focusses on criminal law and procedure. His scholarly work has addressed the Sixth Amendment, the right to counsel, the right to jury trial and the death penalty. Professor Chhablani holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute at Syracuse University, where he co-teaches Advanced Forensic Science, a gateway course for graduate students. Professor Chhablani also collaborates with the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
In recognition of his excellence in teaching, Professor Chhablani received Syracuse University’s Meredith Teaching Recognition Award in 2007. Professor Chhablani’s passionate commitment to his students is reflected in his twice receiving the College of Law’s Res Ipsa Loquitur Award. He was selected for this honor, which is given to an outstanding faculty member for “service, scholarship, and stewardship” to the students of the College of Law, by the graduating classes of 2006 and 2014.
Professor Chhablani began his legal career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In addition to assisting in the litigation of commercial disputes, he represented pro bono persons incarcerated on Illinois’ death row. Professor Chhablani later joined the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. A recipient of an ABA Death Penalty Representation Project Fellowship, he represented indigent death row inmates in Georgia and Alabama.
A member of the Illinois bar, Professor Chhablani has been admitted to practice before several federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Alabama (inactive status) and Georgia (inactive status) bars.