ReneƩ Zirpolo Merges, JD

assistant professor, the Donald Everett Axinn division of social sciences

Everett Mansion 361


  • MS, Criminal Justice, State University of New York, Albany, 2012
  • JD, Albany Law School, 1983
  • BS, Pre-Law, Marywood College, Scranton, PA, 1980 

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Evidence and Court Procedure 

academic Research/interests

Community Prosecution, Alternative Courts, Immigrants and the Criminal Justice System

areas of expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Justice, Evidence

Why I teach

I teach because I love being a part of the thrill of learning for others and myself.

Favorite Book

Crime Dramas

Favorite film

The Help

Best part of being at SVC

The students' enthusiasm and thirst to learn.


March 2015 - Participated in the Vermont Women in Higher Education Conference in Killington, Vt. Along with Assistant Professor Sarah Knapp, Renee gave a talk entitled: "Mentoring Millennial: Preparing (and preparing for) a New Generation."