Areas of Expertise:

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

Matthew Steffey


Professor of Law


Professor Matt Steffey's current research focuses on criminal law, evidence, and

constitutional law. He serves as Reporter for the Mississippi Supreme Court

Advisory Committee on Rules, and for the Criminal Code Reform Committee under

the Administrative Office of Courts. Professor Steffey currently teaches Criminal

Law, Evidence, Admiralty, Law & Literature, and a Supreme Court seminar. He often

teaches continuing legal education for groups of lawyers and judges, and frequently

appears as a legal analyst in television, radio, print, and web media on a host of

contemporary issues.




  • 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