The Center’s primary objective is to promote criminological and criminal justice research by members of the faculty, junior and senior fellows, and students.  The Center’s monthly Hoffinger Criminal Justice Forum provides an opportunity for scholars to present and share their ideas with colleagues from diverse disciplines, practice, criminal justice agencies and nonprofits.  The Forum enables criminal justice specialists from all over the metropolitan area to meet and exchange information, data, research, and policy proposals.  Out of town and foreign criminal justice scholars also frequently attend the Forum, which has a reputation that extends across state and national borders.

The Hoffinger family provides the support that makes the Colloquium possible.  Jack Hoffinger, for many years the chairman of the Center’s Advisory Board, is one of the “deans” of the NYC criminal defense bar. An Assistant District Attorney under Frank Hogan, Jack is past president of the New York Criminal Bar Association, partner in The Hoffinger Firm, LLP, frequent law school lecturer and a very public-spirited member of the bar. Son Adam is a former Southern District Assistant U.S. Attorney and currently practices as a partner at Morrison & Foerster (Washington, D.C.), specializing in white collar criminal defense. Daughter Fran, a former supervisor in the Criminal Branch of the New York County Legal Aid Society, is a partner in Jack’s firm, as is daughter Susan, a former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney.  Jack’s wife Bunny, who oversees the welfare of this impressive family of criminal lawyers, also manages to work actively in Jewish charities.

* All Hoffinger Colloquium lectures are held at NYU School of Law, 108 West Third Street, D’Agostino Hall (Lipton Hall) at 8:15 p.m.

Fall 2016 Schedule

September 26
Franklin E. Zimring
Professor of Law & Director, Criminal Justice  Studies
University of California: Berkeley Law
“When Police Kill: Assessing the Problem, Implementing Solutions”
Lecture will begin at 7:15 to accommodate those wishing to watch the debate.

November 21
James B. Jacobs
Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts
Director, Center for Research in Crime and Justice
New York University School of Law
“Can Gun Control Work?”

Spring 2017 Schedule

February 27
Shawn D. Bushway
Professor & Director of Doctoral Studies
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
University of Albany (SUNY)
“Evaluating Employment-Related Criminal Background Checks”

March 27
Dirk Van Zyl Smit
Professor of Law
University of Nottingham
“Testing the Limits of Judicial Activism: The Life Imprisonment Jurisprudence of the European Court of  Human Rights and Its Global Impact”

April 24
Vincent Shiraldi
Senior Research Fellow
Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
“Justice Reinvestment and Mass Incarceration”