Areas of Expertise:

  • Civil Rights
  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • First Amendment

Matthew Steffey


Professor of Law





  • Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY, LL.M., 1990
  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, FL, J.D. with Honors, 1997
    • Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 1984



Professional Experience:


  • Carlton, Fields 
    Tampa, Florida, 1987-1989 
  • Constitutional Law, Evidence, Criminal Law, Admiralty, Supreme Court Roleplaying, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law Seminar, Externship Program, Appellate Advocacy, First Amendment, Comparative Law (Mexico Study Abroad Program)
  • Reporter, Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules (since 1991)
  • Reporter, Mississippi Supreme Court Uniform Criminal Rules Study Committee (since 2005) 
  • Reporter, Mississippi Judicial Advisory Study Committee, Subcommittee on Criminal Code reform (Since 1994) 
  • Reporter, Mississippi Bar Commission on the Courts in the 21st Century (December 1992 to July 1993) 





  • The Proposed Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure [forthcoming fall 2012] 
  • Foreword, Criminal Law Symposium, 19 MISS. C. L. REV 1 (issue 2) (1999) 
  • Constitutional Fidelity, 19 MISS. C. L. REV. 43 (1998) 
  • Foreword: A Hard Case and an Intractable Problem, 18 MISS. C. L. REV. 1 (1997) 
  • The Establishment Clause and the Lessons of Context, 26 RUTGERS L.J. 775 (1995)
  • Negligence, Contract, and Architects' Liability for Economic Loss, 82 KY. L.J. 659 (1993) 
  • Foreword: Religious Participation in Public Debate, 14 MISS. C. L. REV. 1 (1993) 
  • Meeting Judicial Needs: An Intermediate Appellate Court for Mississippi, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SURVEY, V. 40, NO. 3 (Spring 1993) (with John D. Winkle III and Amy D. Whitten) 
  • Redefining the Modern Constraints of the Establishment Clause: Separable Principles of Equality, Subsidy, Endorsement, and Church Autonomy, 75 MARQ. L. REV. 903 (1992) 
  • A Report on CUNY's Experiment in Humanistic Legal Education: Adrift toward Mainstream, 59 UMKC L. REV. 155 (1991) (with Paulette Wunsch) 
  • Florida's Economic Loss Rule: A Critical Look at the Cases, 64 FLA. B.J. 19 (May 1990)
  • Manufacturers' or Marketers' Liability for the Criminal Use of Saturday Night Specials: A New Common Law Approach--Kelley v. R.G. Industries, 497 A.2d 1143 (Md. 1985), 14 FLA. ST. U.L. REV. 151 (1986) (student note)
  • MISSISSIPPI RULES ANNOTATED (The Mississippi Bar, 2002, 2000, 1998 and 1996) (Historical Notes and Annotations for the Mississippi Rules of Appellate Procedure) 
  • REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON THE COURTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY (Editor) (The Mississippi Bar, July 1, 1993) (a summary of this report appeared in the June/July 1993 issue of The Mississippi Lawyer) (republished at 14 MISS. C. L. REV. 511 (1994)





  • "Review of the Supreme Court's Term", Mississippi Trial and Appellate Judges Fall Conference, Fall 2010 - Present
  • Supreme Court Review / Preview; Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Appellate Court Judges and Attorneys; May 2003-August 2012
  • Panelist, Pursing Academic and Scholarly Opportunities Abroad, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, July 2012.
  • Moderator, New Scholars Workshop, Southeastern Assocaition of Law Schools Conference, July 2006, July 2010
  • Speaker, United States Supreme Court and Legislative Update:  Individual Rights,  Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, July 2009.
  • "Has the Electoral College Outlived its Usefulness," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, July 2003
  • Frequent legal analyst and commentator for television, radio, and print media



Memberships & Admissions:


  • Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association