Raneta Mack

Raneta Lawson Mack
Professor of Law

Professor of Law, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, cum laude, and her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Toledo. 

Professor Mack joined the Creighton University School of Law in 1991, after serving as an associate with the law firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado, where her practice focused primarily on litigation and bankruptcy law.

At the law school, Professor Mack teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, White Collar Crime, and Comparative Criminal Procedure. In 2006, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, which gave her the opportunity to travel to Vilnius, Lithuania to deliver lectures on money laundering and its role in global terrorism.

Professor Mack has published articles on several criminal law related issues including concealed weapons laws, money laundering, bias in the criminal justice system, and problems with the Federal Witness Protection Program. She has also published articles on a variety of computer technology issues including the legal implications of adopting digital signatures, the use of technology to promote alternative dispute resolution, and computer crime statutes in the United States.

Professor Mack is the author of five books, “A Layperson’s Guide to Criminal Law” (1999), “The Digital Divide: Standing at the Intersection of Race and Technology” (2001), “Equal Justice in the Balance: America’s Legal Responses to the Emerging Terrorist Threat” (with co-author Michael J. Kelly) (2004), “Comparative Criminal Procedure: History, Processes and Case Studies (2008) and “A Criminal Procedure Anthology: Cases, Readings and Comparative Perspectives (2013).

Professor Mack also provides expert commentary to the local and national media on criminal law, white collar crime and computer technology related issues. 

  • B.A. (1985), J.D. (1988), University of Toledo
  • Comparative Criminal Procedure Legal
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Independent Directed Study in International / Comparative Law
  • White Collar Crime

I have a passion for teaching criminal law courses because I think this is one area of the law that students encounter in law school that is “real” to them. Whether it is because students have had personal experience with the criminal justice system or whether they are devotees of true crime shows on television, most of them come to law school with some grounding in what constitutes criminal conduct and the basics of how the criminal justice system works. As we go through the semester, students begin to understand the unique role that criminal law and procedure play in shaping societal expectations and outcomes in the criminal justice system. For many students, this understanding translates into considering a career path in criminal law, something that they had not thought about upon entering law school.

  • A Criminal Procedure Anthology: Cases, Readings, and Comparative Perspectives, Cognella Academic Publishing (2013)
  • Comparative Criminal Procedure: History, Processes and Case Studies, W.S. Hein (2008)
  • Equal Justice in the Balance: Assessing America’s Legal Responses to the Emerging Terrorist Threat, with Michael J. Kelly, University of Michigan Press (2004)
  • The Digital Divide: Standing at the Intersection of Race and Technology, Carolina Academic Press (2001)
  • Reestablishing Jury Trials in Japan: Foundational Lessons from the Russian Experience, 2 Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal 100 (2012)
  • China’s Role on the New U.N. Human Rights Council: A Positive Shift in its Human Rights Agenda or a Marriage of Convenience? 7 GLOBAL JURIST (Topics), Article 4 (2007)
  • The Jude Shao Case: How One American’s Story Illustrates the Pressing Need for Reform in China’s Criminal Justice System, The Creighton Lawyer, Fall 2006, at 20
  • The War on Terror: Assaulting Democracy at Home?, with Michael J. Kelly, Creighton University Magazine, Spring 2003, at 14
  • ADR & Y2K: A Simpler Way to Resolve Complex Technology Disputes, Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment, Summer 2000, at 11
  • Have I Told You Lately That ILOVEYOU?: A Proactive Approach to the Misuse of Computer Technology Resources in the Business Environment, Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment, Fall 2000, at 11
  • ADR and E-Commerce: Can Your Practice Benefit From an Internet Presence? Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment, Spring 2000, at 11
  • CPR’s ADR 2000 Online Seminar: Analyzing the Present and Future of ADR & Technology, Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment, Winter 2000, at 11