Professor of Law
Professor Blinka regularly teaches courses in evidence, trial practice, criminal law, and constitutional criminal procedure. He is the director of the Law School's Certificate in Litigation program. In addition to his J.D., he holds a PhD in United States history. Professor Blinka has received the Law School's teaching award on seven occasions in addition to Marquette University's teaching excellence award. He strongly believes that the Law School's primary mission is to prepare students for the practice of law; theory and policy must foster the development of critical judgment and the analytic skills that lawyers need. Professor Blinka is the author of books and articles on evidence law, criminal procedure, legal history, and other subjects. His books are published by leading law book publishers, WestGroup and Lexis. His work is often relied upon by Wisconsin's courts. In addition to his ongoing work on evidence law, Professor Blinka is presently writing on the history of jury trials at the time of the American Revolution and the early national period. Before joining the faculty, Professor Blinka served as an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County. He is the past chair person of the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee.