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 2014 Schedule

September 29
Samuel W. Buell
Professor of Law
Duke University School of Law
“Business Crime and Punishment in America’s Corporate Century”

November 24
Barry Friedman
Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law
New York University School of Law
“Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission”

Spring 2015 Schedule

February 23
Jeremy Travis
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Chair,
NAS Panel on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration in the US
“Reflections on the NAS Report: What Are the Prospects For Reducing the US Prison Population?”

March 30
Daniel S. Nagin
Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics
Carnegie Mellon University
“Reinventing American Policing: A Six-Point Blueprint for the 21st Century”

April 27
Miriam H. Baer
Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School
“Pricing the Fourth Amendment”