Dr. Jana Nestlerode

Title: Professor
Location: 514 BPM Center
Email: JNestlerode@wcupa.edu
Phone: 610-436-2648


Professor Nestlerode was in private law practice before joining the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor in the trial division. She brings her years of experience in that position to her academic endeavors at WCU. She has authored articles and/or presented research papers on women’s issues, the Fourth Amendment, the exclusionary rule, election fraud, pharmaceutical battery, and hate crimes. She is the co-founder of the Chester County Coalition for Voting Integrity. She was nominated by West Chester University for U.S. Professor of the Year in 2012. Her research interests include Fourth Amendment and Ninth Amendment issues, election fraud, and pharmaceutical battery.


  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University
  • J.D., Widener University School of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Fourth Amendment
  • Ninth Amendment
  • Election fraud

Recent Publications/Journals/Books

  • Nestlerode, Jana. (2017) “From Schmerber to McNeely to Birchfield: The Life and Death of the Per Se Rule” Criminal Law Bulletin, 53(1), 110-157. 
  • Nestlerode, Jana. (2016) “Questions About Election Fraud”, Election Integrity.

Professional and Community Engagement

  • L4GG (Lawyers for Good Government)
  • Scrutineers

Classes Regularly Taught

  • CRJ400 Criminal Procedure
  • CRJ461 Notable Criminal Cases
  • CRJ472 Justice Studies
  • CRJ509 Jurisprudence
  • CRJ560 Applied Legal Studies (Wrongful Convictions) 

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