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 2015 Schedule

September 28
The Eternal Criminal Record: Author Meets Critic
Author: James B. Jacobs, NYU School of Law
Critics: Jenny Roberts, American University, Washington College of Law                                  Christopher Uggen, Dept. of Sociology, University of Minnesota

November 23
Rasmus Wandall
Faculty of Law
University of Bergen
“Criminal Justice in the Absence of Public Trust: The Case of Ethiopia”

Spring 2016 Schedule

February 22
Proposals For Reform of MPC’s Sex Offenses Provisions: Authors Meet Critics
Authors: Erin Murphy & Stephen Schulhofer, NYU School of Law
Michelle Anderson, CUNY School of Law
David Rudovsky, University of Pennsylvania Law School

March 28
Shadd Maruna
School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers
“Virtual Reentry: What If We Were Serious About Wanting to Reintegrate Ex-Prisoners?”

April 25
Lindsay Farmer
Professor of Law
University of Glasgow
“People, Things, Sex: Making the Modern Criminal Law”