Robert D. Bartels

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Professor of Law

Biographical Information

After earning a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, Professor Bartels served as a Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law from 1971 to 1981. He joined the faculty at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 1982 and has held the Charles M. Brewer Chair since 1986. Professor Bartels has taught a wide range of courses, focusing on criminal law and procedure and practical advocacy.

Outside of his academic career, Professor Bartels served as Special Assistant Attorney General of Iowa (1971-73), Deputy Chief for the Office of the U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona (1994-96), as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona (1996-2006), and has served on the boards of several legal services organizations. He is a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association Diversity Committee and of the Boards of Directors of the Arizona Capital Representation Project and the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest.

ASU Faculty Profile



Robert Bartels, et al., Law of Evidence, Arizona Practice Series (West Group 2000)
Robert Bartels, Benefit of Law: The Murder Case of Ernest Triplett (Iowa State University Press 1988)
Robert Bartels, An Introduction to Client Representation (University of Iowa College of Law 1975)

Book Chapters

Robert D. Bartels, "Clinical Legal Education and the Delivery of Legal Services: The View from the Prosecutor’s Office," Ch. 11 in Clinical Education for the Law Student (CLEPR 1973)


Robert Bartels, "The Hearsay Rule, the Confrontation Clause, and Reversible Error in Criminal Cases," 26 Ariz. St. L. J. 967 (1994)
Robert Bartels, "Report on Faculty Governance," 42 J. Legal Educ. 299 (1992)
Robert Bartels, "Why WILL Won’t Destroy Section 1983 Damages Actions," 27 Crim. L. Bull. 59 (1991)
Robert Bartels, "Admissibility of Exculpatory Attorney-Client Communications in Criminal Cases," 22 Ariz. St. L.J. 895 (1990)
Robert Bartels, "Capital Punishment: The Unexamined Issue of Special Deterrence," 68 Iowa L. Rev. 601 (1982-1983)
Robert D. Bartels, "Punishment and the Burden of Proof in Criminal Cases: A Modest Proposal," 66 Iowa L. Rev. 899 (1980-1981)
Robert Bartels, "Avoiding a Comity of Errors: A Model for Adjudicating Federal Civil Rights Suits that “Interfere” with State Civil Proceedings," 29 Stan. L. Rev. 27 (1976)
Robert Bartels, "Better Living through Legislation: The Control of Mind-Altering Drugs," 21 U. Kan. L. Rev. 439 (1972-1973)
Robert D. Bartels, "Nonproliferation Treaty and Peaceful Application of Nuclear Explosions," 20 Stan. L. Rev. 1030 (1967-1968)

Book Reviews

Robert D. Bartels, Book Review, "Marijuana - The New Prohibition", 17 Wayne L. Rev. 256 (1971)