Professor Scherr is a nationally recognized authority on forensic DNA evidence. Since 1990, he has served as the lead attorney in numerous pretrial hearings in homicide, robbery and sexual assault cases to determine the admissibility of forensic DNA evidence.
In addition to his work involving forensic DNA evidence, Professor Scherr has extensive experience as a trial and appellate lawyer for more than 20 years. He has handled over 40 homicide cases and has trial experience as a criminal defense lawyer in a wide variety of cases, including substantial Daubert and Frye litigation.
As a law professor, Professor Scherr teaches courses in criminal procedure, evidence, expert witnesses and scientific evidence, genetics and the law and trial advocacy. He also directs the Trial Advocacy Program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He has lectured to judges and lawyers on a variety of evidence issues.
Professor Scherr was the principal investigator on a two–year NIH grant to study genetics, police investigation and Constitutional privacy. He has also co-designed and taught a national model, NIH–funded, Summer Faculty Institute at Dartmouth for 9 years that educates undergraduate faculty from around the country in the ethical, legal and social issues of the Human Genome Project. He has lectured to judges, attorneys, educators and others regionally and nationally on a variety of genetics and law issues.
Professor Scherr was chair and president of the ACLU of NH for 5 1/2 years and he was a member of the ACLU's national Board of Directors and chair of the Board's Patents and Civil Liberties Committee for 6 1/2 years. He was also a member of the ACLU-NH's Board of Directors and its executive committee.
Professor Scherr has also worked closely as a cooperating attorney for the ACLU-NH on a number of issues involving economic justice in the criminal justice system. He has authored successful statutory legislation on debtors' prisons and bail reform as well as a proposed constitutional amendment on informational privacy.
J.D., Vermont Law School
B.A., History, Yale University
905: Independent Study
906: Crim Proced I: Investigation
924: Internatl Criminal Law Survey
925: Expert Witness&Scien Evidence
929: Capstone Research Project
LCR 906: Crim Proced I: Investigation
LCR 924: Internatl Criminal Law Survey
LCR 929: Capstone Research Project
LGP 924: Evidence
LGP 925: Expert Witness&Scien Evidence
LRS 905: Independent Study
INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL IN DNA CASES: A RE-APPRAISAL OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF STRICKLAND V. WASHINGTON JUDGES (2022).
Scherr, A. (2019). “One Rule-of-Law Project in Post-Soviet Russia”. In J. Nadeau (Ed.), Rule-of-Law Projects Worldwide (1st ed.).
Lost Labor: Fair Chance Hiring in New Hampshire (2018).
Scherr, A., & Bissonnette, G. (2018). State v. Joseph Brawley.
Scherr, A. (2018). “Cyber Attacks: Cyber Crime or Cyber War?”. In P. Reichel (Ed.), Transnational Crime & Global Security (Vol. I, 1st ed.). Praeger International.
Scherr, A. (2017). A. Scherr, “Privacy in Public Spaces: The Problem of Out-of-Body DNA,” Privacy in Public Space: Regulatory and Legal Challenges, Timan, Newell & Koops, eds.,. In tinman, Newell, & Koops (Eds.), Privacy in Public Space: Regulatory and Legal Challenges (1st ed.). Edward Elgar.
Scherr, A., Bissonnette, G., & Chaffee, D. (2015). Debtors' Prison in New Hampshire.
Scherr, A. E. (2015). Brief for Professor Albert E. Scherr as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Raynor v. Maryland. Legal Scholarship. Retrieved from http://scholars.unh.edu/law_facpub/160
A. Scherr, “Genetic Privacy & The Fourth Amendment: Unregulated Surreptitious DNA Harvesting,” in The Search & Seizure Law Report, (2014).
BURSZTAJN, H. J., SCHERR, A. E., & BRODSKY, A. (1994). THE REBIRTH OF FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY IN LIGHT OF RECENT HISTORICAL TRENDS IN CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY. PSYCHIATRIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 17(3), 611-635. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/