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Daniel S. McConkie, Jr.Daniel S. McConkie, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., University of Utah
J.D., Stanford Law School


Phone:  (815) 753-1560
Room: 197B


Daniel McConkie joined the NIU Law faculty in 2015. He teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and professional responsibility. His primary research interest is criminal procedure.

Professor McConkie was a prosecutor in California for eight years, first for the state and then for the federal government. As a federal prosecutor, he specialized in taking down large drug trafficking organizations and served as his office’s ethics advisor. As a scholar, he now writes about plea bargaining, which has almost entirely replaced jury trials in our justice system.

Professor McConkie holds an Honors B.A. degree in history from the University of Utah (2001), where he graduated cum laude, and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School (2004), where he was a Public Interest Fellow. From 2013 to 2015, Professor McConkie was a visiting professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.


  • The Local Rules Revolution in Criminal Discovery, 39 Cardozo L. Rev. 102 (forthcoming 2017).
    | SSRN | PDF |
  • Structuring Pre-Plea Criminal Discovery, 107 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 1 (2017).
    | SSRN | PDF |
  • Judges as Framers of Plea Bargaining, 26 Stan. L. & Pol’y Rev. 61 (2015).
    | SSRN | PDF |

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Plea Bargaining, Sentencing, Federal Courts, Professional Responsibility, Evidence


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