Professor Leong’s teaching interests include Constitutional Litigation, Criminal Procedure and Race and the Law. Her recent scholarship includes an empirical analysis of the consequences when federal courts apply a sequencing approach to consider whether the doctrine of qualified immunity is properly applied in cases where a government official faces liability for possibly committing a constitutional violation. Sequencing—where the Court first determines whether on the facts a constitutional right would have been violated—has not, Professor Leong finds, expanded constitutional rights, countering one claim made by proponents of this approach. She discusses these results in the context of a 2009 case in which the Supreme Court rejected the view that federal courts must always employ sequencing. (See The Saucier Qualified Immunity Experiment: An Empirical Analysis, 36 PEPPERDINE LAW REVIEW 667 (2009)).
Professor Leong joins the Denver Law faculty from William & Mary Law School. She has taught previously at Georgetown Law Center and the American University Washington College of Law. For the fall 2011 semester at Denver Law she will teach the “Constitutional Litigation Seminar.”