Ben Trachtenberg

Ben Trachtenberg

Associate Professor

School of Law
Term Ends: 2020

Ben Trachtenberg joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 2010. Before coming to Missouri, Professor Trachtenberg was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School from 2008-2010, where he taught Criminal Law and Environmental Law.  From 2006-2008, he was a Litigation Associate at Covington & Burling LLP assigned to white collar investigations and civil securities cases. While in practice, Professor Trachtenberg also handled pro bono representations in housing and employment law matters.

Professor Trachtenberg received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was Articles Editor on the Columbia Law Review and recipient of several academic awards. He has an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, which he attended as a George J. Mitchell Scholar, and a B.A. from Yale in Political Science, with distinction. After graduating from law school, Professor Trachtenberg clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with Judge José A. Cabranes.

Professor Trachtenberg has published in the Florida Law Review, the Oregon Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, the Nebraska Law Review, the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the ABA Journal, among other publications.

At the School of Law, Professor Trachtenberg teaches Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility. Professor Trachtenberg has received the Gold Chalk Award for excellence in teaching from the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council (2012), the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2014), and the School of Law’s Husch Blackwell Distinguished Faculty Award (2015).

Professor Trachtenberg was Chair of the Faculty Council from 2015-2017, and was re-elected to serve as a member of the Council until 2020.