After graduating from the University of Buffalo School of Law, Kimberlianne Podlas practiced criminal appellate law in New York City. She argued more than 100 cases, including several in the state’s high court. In 1997, on a 1 year leave of absence, she was named a Civic Education Project Fellow (and subsequently a Fulbright) and moved to post-communist Romania to teach and work on higher-education reform.
In 2004, Podlas joined the Department of Media Studies where teaches courses in media law and pop culture. Her research considers the relationship between television’s legal lore and the public’s understandings of law, attitudes about it, and how these translate into behaviors. She has won several awards for her research and has published more than 30 articles, including: The “CSI Effect”: Exposing The Media Myth; ‘Law & Order’s Impact On Public Perceptions Of Law And Order; Blame Judge Judy: The Effect of Television Courtrooms On Jurors, Primetime Crimes: Are Reality Television Programs Illegal Contests In Violation Of Federal Law, and contributed to the ABA’s recent book, Lawyers In Your Living Room (2009).