Kenneth Melilli
Kenneth J. Melilli
Professor Emeritus of Law

Following graduation from New York University Law School, Professor Melilli clerked for the Honorable William C. Connor on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He served as Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., and then Rutland, Vermont. Prior to joining the Creighton law faculty, he was a Professor of Law at Albany Law School, where he taught from 1987-2000.

  • B.A. (1976), Yale University
  • J.D. (1979), New York University Law School
  • Criminal Law and Cross-Examination
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Negotiation
  • Torts I
  • Torts II
  • Trial Team

The duty of a professional is to act in the best interests of the client. A student at a professional school should assume that duty upon entering the school. The duty of a teacher at a professional school is to enter into a partnership with the student to fulfill that duty.

  • Kenneth J. Melilli, Risk Management in Cross-Examination, 38 AM. J. TRIAL ADVOC. 317 (2014).
  • Kenneth J. Melilli, Dog Sniffs, Technology, and the Mythical Constitutional Right to Criminal Privacy, 41 HASTINGS CONST. L.Q. 357 (2014).
  • Sequencing and Chronology in Trial Presentations, 33 The American Journal of Trial Advocacy  587 (2010)
  • Disclosure of Juror Identities to the Press: Who Will Speak for the Jurors?, 8 Cardozo Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal 1 (2009)
  • What Nearly a Quarter Century of Experience Has Taught Us About Leon and “Good Faith,” 2008 Utah Law Review 519
  • Controlling the Nonresponsive Witness on Cross-Examination, 32 The American Journal of Trial Advocacy 125 (2008)
  • Succeeding in the Opening Statement, 29 The American Journal of Trial Advocacy 525 (2006)
  • Leading Questions on Direct Examination: A More Pragmatic Approach, 27 The American Journal of Trial Advocacy 155 (2003)
  • Cross-Examination: To Lead or Not to Lead? 27 AM. J. TRIAL ADVOC. 149 (2003), reprinted in The Nebraska Lawyer, July 2003, at 29, and in PRAIRIE BARRISTER, 2003 no. 2, at 13
  • The Consequences of Refusing Consent to a Search or Seizure: The Unfortunate Constitutionalization of an Evidentiary Issue, 75 Southern California Law Review 901 (2002)
  • Objecting and Responding Effectively, 23 The American Journal of Trial Advocacy 559 (2000), reprinted in 49 DEF. L.J. 745 (2000)