John D. Bessler
Associate Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., University of Minnesota; J.D., Indiana; M.F.A., Hamline University; M.St., Oxford
John Bessler is an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he...Continue Reading
John Bessler is an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he teaches contracts and civil procedure. Prior to joining the faculty there, he previously taught at the University of Minnesota Law School and The George Washington University Law School. He clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Mason of the District of Minnesota, and practiced law for many years in the area of civil litigation as a partner at the Minneapolis law firm of Kelly & Berens, P.A. Professor Bessler has written five books, including four books on the subject of capital punishment. Two of those books, Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America (Northeastern University Press, 1997) and Legacy of Violence: Lynch Mobs and Executions in Minnesota (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), were Minnesota Book Award finalists. Another of his books, Writing for Life: The Craft of Writing for Everyday Living, was a Midwest Book Award finalist and the winner of an Independent Publisher Book Award. His latest book is titled Cruel and Unusual: The American Death Penalty and the Founders' Eighth Amendment (Northeastern University Press, 2012). He has a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota, and served as the Senior Managing Editor of the Indiana Law Journal at the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington. He also has an M.F.A. degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University. In addition to teaching a capital punishment seminar, Professor Bessler taught civil procedure courses and served as the Writing Center Director as a visiting professor at The George Washington University Law School. His law review articles have appeared in the Indiana Law Journal, the Arkansas Law Review, the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and elsewhere.