Amanda J. Peters

Godwin Lewis PC Research Professor, Professor of Law

B.A., Texas Tech University
J.D., Texas Tech University

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Legal Research & Writing



Office: 629T

Amanda Peters joined the South Texas College of Law Houston faculty in 2007. She teaches Legal Research and Writing, Texas Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Litigation Drafting. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Peters worked at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston where roughly half of her career centered on litigation and the other half centered on appellate practice. Over the course of her career, she tried 40 jury trials and authored 182 appellate briefs. Professor Peters also worked as a criminal defense attorney, representing clients at the trial court level and on appeal before beginning her work at South Texas College of Law Houston. She has spoken and written on legal research and writing, criminal law and procedure, mental health law, therapeutic jurisprudence, and human trafficking.


The Case for Replacing the Independent Intermediary Doctrine with Proximate Cause and Fourth Amendment Review in § 1983 Civil Rights Cases, 48 Pepp. L. Rev. 1 (2021).

Mass Arrests & the Particularized Probable Cause Requirement, 60 B.C. L. Rev. 217 (2019).

Reconsidering Federal and State Obstacles to Human Trafficking Victim Status and Entitlements, 2016 Utah L. Rev. 407 (2016).

Improving Insanity Aftercare, 42 Mitchell Hamline L. Rev. 553 (2016) (with Indira Azizi Lex).

New Frontiers for Conditional Release, 34 Behav. Sci. & L. 407 (2016) (co-authored) (peer edited)

Modern Prostitution Legal Reform and the Return of Volitional Consent, 3 Va. J. Crim. L. 1 (2015).

Disparate Protections for American Human Trafficking Victims, 61 Clev. L. Rev. 1 (2013).

Resource Problem Solving in Therapeutic Courts, 2 Mental Health L. & Policy J. 117 (2013).

Lawyers Who Break the Law: What Congress Can Do to Prevent Mental Health Patient Advocates from Violating Federal Legislation, 89 Or. L. Rev. 133 (2010).

The Meaning, Measure, and Misuse of Standards of Review, 13 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 233 (2009).

Thirty-One Years in the Making: Why the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals’ New Single-Method Approach to Lesser-Included Offense Analysis is a Step in the Right Direction, 60 Baylor L. Rev. 231 (2008).

An Analysis of Texas Capital Sentencing Procedure: Is Texas Denying Its Capital Defendants Due Process by Keeping Jurors Uninformed of Parole Eligibility?, 29 Texas Tech L. Rev. 1111 (1998).


Texas Criminal Procedure and Evidence. 2d ed. (New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2019).

Texas Criminal Procedure and Evidence (New York: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2017).


Publishing Law School Text Books, 2020 Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Arizona Law School, Tucson, AZ (March 13, 2020) – presentation accepted but conference cancelled due to Covid-19.

New Frontiers for Conditional Release, International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic (July 13, 2017).

Rethinking Conditional Release After an Insanity Acquittal, Mental Health Law Symposium, Texas Tech Law School, Lubbock, Texas (November 18, 2016).

Legal Writing without Borders: How to Cultivate Your Second Teaching and Research Subject, 2016 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Portland, Oregon (July 10, 2016).

Improving Insanity Aftercare, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Invited Participant, Suffolk Law School, Boston, Massachusetts (September 25, 2015).

The Legal Success and Therapeutic Failure of American Sex Trafficking Laws, International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Vienna, Austria (July 16, 2015).

Ethical Consideration in Human Trafficking Cases, Just Ethics CLE, Houston College of Law, Houston, Texas (May 9, 2014).

Mental Health Courts, The Study and Practice of Law In A Therapeutic Key: An Intrduction to Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Invited Participant, Suffolk Law School, Boston, Massachusetts (April 11, 2014).

American Legal Writing & Research, Ocean University Law School, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China (May 14, 2013).

Therapeutic Court Troubleshooting, New Voices in Mental Health and Drug Courts Symposium, Invited Participant, University of Memphis Law School, Memphis, Tennessee (October 19, 2013).

Public Biases and Perceptions of Human Trafficking Victims, Just Rights, University of Saskatchewan Law School, Saskatoon, Canada (September 24, 2012).

Disparate Protections for American Human Trafficking Victims, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference, Amelia Island, Florida (July 30, 2012).

What Readers Want and How to Make Writers Care, 2012 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Palm Desert, California (June 1, 2012).

Teaching Standards of Review More Effectively: Giving Students Context through Standard of Review Policy and History, 9th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (March 13-14, 2009).

Embezzlement, White Collar Practice for the Business Lawyer and In-house Counsel, Houston College of Law (August 2008).

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