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Thomas Place

Thomas Place

Professor of Law

(717) 240-5240
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B.A., J.D., Marquette University
Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Professor Place joined Penn State Law after co-founding the first legal services program in Appalachia. He is the author of the Pennsylvania Post Conviction Relief Act — Practice and Procedure. He teaches courses on criminal procedure, constitutional law, post-conviction remedies, and prisoners rights.

Pennsylvania Post-Conviction Relief Act — Practice and Procedure 10th ed. (2014)

Closing Direct Appeal to Ineffectiveness Claims: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Denial of State Constitutional Rights” 22 Widener L.J. 687 (2013)

“Post Conviction Developments,” 83 Pa. Bar Q. 67 (2012)

“Deferring Ineffectiveness Claims to Collateral Review: Insuring Equal Access and Right to Appointed Counsel,” 98 Ky. L. J. 301 (2010)

“Recent Post Conviction Developments,” 81 Pa. Bar Q. 110 (2010)

“Ineffectiveness of Counsel and Short-Term Sentences in Pennsylvania: A Claim in Search of a Remedy,” 17 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 109 (2007)

“Post Conviction Developments,” 79 Pa. Bar Q. 110 (2008)

“Dispatch and Delay: Post Conviction Relief Act Litigation in Non-Capitol Cases,” 41 Duq. L. Rev. 467 (with Donald Harris & Kimberly Nieves, 2003)

“Offensive Speech and the Pennsylvania Disorderly Conduct Statute,” 12 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 47 (2002)

“The Claim is Cognizable But the Petition is Untimely: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Recent Collateral Relief Decision,” 10 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 49 (2002)