A Project of the University of Michigan Law School and the MDefenders Program


Eve Brensike Primus lectures in front of a classroom full of law students

Who We Are

Eve Brensike Primus

Eve Brensike Primus

Yale Kamisar Collegiate Professor of Law

Eve Brensike Primus teaches Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Habeas Corpus at the University of Michigan Law School, where she also writes about structural reform in the criminal justice system. She is the founder and director of the Public Defender Training Institute, a year-long skills-based program that trains law students to be zealous, creative, and client-centered advocates who fight for individualized justice and argue for systemic change in the criminal legal system. 

Her scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court as well as lower appellate courts. She also has won the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching on more than one occasion. Before joining the Michigan Law faculty, she was an attorney in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. In that office, Professor Primus worked both as a trial attorney and as an appellate litigator, appearing several times before the state’s highest court.


MDefenders at Michigan Law

Designed to mentor and train aspiring public defenders, the MDefenders Program provides an opportunity for law students to learn about indigent defense practice, build community with like-minded peers, and develop the skills they need to effectively advocate as a public defender. With a robust alumni network spanning from coast to coast (and beyond!), the MDefenders Program is proud to graduate 20-30 incoming public defenders each year.