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David Gurney

Assistant Professor of Law and Society, Director Investigative Genetic Genealogy Center

Year Joined RCNJ: 2019

Contact Information

Convening Group:

  • Law and Society

Investigative Genetic Genealogy Center (IGG)


  • Ph.D., philosophy – Arizona State University
  • J.D. (cum laude) – University of Arizona
  • Certificate in Genealogical Research – Boston University
  • M.A., philosophy – Arizona State University
  • B.A., philosophy – Bemidji State University
  • B.S., physics – Bemidji State University


  • Licensed attorney, Arizona and New Jersey

Teaching Interests:

  • Investigative Genetic Genealogy Workshop
  • Constitutional Law
  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Death Penalty
  • Law, Justice, and Morality

Research Interests:

  • Investigative genetic genealogy
  • First Amendment
  • Fourth Amendment
  • Wrongful convictions

Recent Publications:

  • Gurney, David. “Investigative Genetic Genealogy and the First Amendment Right to Noninterference with Receipt.”  First Amendment Law Review 21 (2023) (forthcoming).
  • Gurney, David, CeCe Moore, Margaret Press, Carol Rolnick, Andrew Hochretier, and Bonnie Bossert. “The Need for Standards and Certification for Investigative Genetic Genealogy, and a Notice of Action.” Forensic Science International 341, (2022): 111495.
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