B.A., Stanford University, Political Science, 1990
M.A., Stanford University, International Policy Studies, 1991
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1994
Professor Simmons joined the Moritz Law faculty in 2003. Prior to that, he was an acting assistant professor at New York University Law School from 2000-2003.
He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone Scholar and a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Laughlin E. Waters of the Central District of California.
Professor Simmons served for four years as an assistant district attorney for New York County. He relied on his experience as a litigator when writing the book to explain to readers how the rules of Evidence actually operate in a courtroom.
Professor Simmons has won six teaching awards at the law school over the past ten years. He has also written articles and conducted presentations at conferences describing his teaching methods. He currently teaches Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Computer Crime and Surveillance. He has also co-authored another book in the Learning series: "Learning Criminal Procedure" (West 2014) with Professor Renee Hutchins.