Criminal Law Faculty Seminar

The Criminal Law Faculty Seminar meets every Tuesday during the academic year.  The approximately thirty participants are NYU criminal law faculty, visiting scholars, Center fellows, and NYU LLMs who specialize in criminal practice in their home countries.  Seminar Presenters are criminal justice system policy makers and administrators, practitioners (judges prosecutors, defense lawyers) and leaders from NGOs, in addition to academics from NYU and other universities.  Past speakers have come to us from U.S. Attorneys’ offices, the FBI, NYPD, the judiciary, the Vera Institute, Drug Policy Alliance, and the New York State Sentencing Commission, among other entities.  On occasion, presenters from criminal law or criminology academics speak about recently published work or research in progress.

The seminar is supported, in part, by Ronald Goldstock, a long-time member of NYU’s adjunct faculty and former Director of the New York State Organized Crime Task Force.

The seminars are by invitation only and are convened by Prof. James B. Jacobs, the Director of the Center.

  Spring 2017 Schedule

January 17
Joseph D’Amico, Former Superintendent of NY State Police
Big Picture Overview of the State Police

January 24
Geoff Ward, UC Irvine
Archiving Racial Violence

January 31
Rob Khuzami, Former Head of SEC Enforcement
SEC Enforcement

February 7
Heather MacDonald, Manhattan Institute
The War on Cops

February 14
Michael Schatzow, Lead Baltimore County Prosecutor in Freddie Grey Prosecutions
The Freddie Grey Prosecutions

February 28
Pablo De Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on Promotion of Truth, Justice Reparation
Transitional Justice

March 7
Judy Greene, Co-Director, Justice Strategies

March 21
David Patton, Chief NYC Federal Defender
Current and Future Challenges for Federal Defenders

March 28
Elias Blood-Patterson & Ira Belkin, NYU U.S.-China Law Institute’s
Criminal Justice Reform Initiatives in Asia

April 4
Elkan Abramowitz, Partner, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello
The Dewey LeBouef Case

April 11
Lynn Haney, NYU Sociology
Criminalizing Failure to Pay Child Support

April 18
Richard Aborn, Director, NYC Citizen’s Crime Commission
The NY Citizen’s Crime Commission Agenda

April 25
Harry First, NYU Law
Insider Trading

May 2
Elena Larrauri, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Development in Punishment and Imprisonment in Spain


 Fall 2016 Schedule

September 6
Andy Schaffer, New York University
Supreme Court Law and Procedure Round Up

September 13
Andy Schaffer, New York University
Supreme Court Law and Procedure Round Up Continued

September 20
Zachary Goldman, Center on Law & Security/ NYU Law School
Cyber Crime

September 27
Frank Zimring, University of California, Berkeley Law
When Cops Kill

October 4
Lily Shapiro, NYC Dept. of Probation
Developments & Challenges at NYC Department of Probation

October 11
Phil Cook, Duke University, Sanford School of Policy
Research on Gun Violence and Control

October 18
Steve Martin, Riker’s Island “Use of Force” Litigation
Reforming Rikers

October 25
Stephen J. Morse, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Issues Raised in Criminal Law by Brain Research

November 1
Liberty Aldrich, Center for Court Innovation
Disarming Persons with Domestic Violence Protection Orders

November 8
James Orenstein, NYU/Magistrate Judge, Eastern Districts of New York 
Apple v. FBI 

November 15
Preeti Chauhan, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The Misdemeanor Justice Project

November 22
Timothy Kupferschmid, Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Office of Chief Medical Examiner Overview & Forensic Science Challenges

November 29
Deborah Leff, U.S. Pardons Attorney
Reflection on DOJ’s Access to Justice and the role of Pardon’s Attorney

December 6
Andrew Weissman, DOJ, Chief of Fraud Section
Major Accomplishments and Challenges

Fall 2015 Schedule

September 1
Andy Schaffer, New York University
Supreme Court Decisions on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

September 8
Mark Kleiman, NYU Marron Institute
Violence-Minimizing Drug Law Enforcement

September 15
Barry Friedman, New York University

September 22
Zachary Carter, Corporation Counsel, former USS Atty. EDNY
TORT Suits Against NYC Law Enforcement Corrections

September 29
Serina Vash, NYU Exec. Dir., Program on Corp. Compliance and Enforcement
MS-13 and Other Violent Gangs

October 6
Alex Reinert, Cardozo School of Law
The new Dynamics of Solitary Confinement: Has Our Singular ‘Experiment’ Run Its Course?

October 13
Bobby Cohen, MD., NYU Langone/Gotham Medical
The Rikers Island Mess

October 20
Jerome McElroy, Exec. Dir., NYC Criminal Justice Agency
Challenges to NYC’s Pre-trial Services’s Agency

October 28
Profs. Jennifer Arlen & Geoff Miller, New York University
Corporate Compliance and Enforcement

November 3
Robert Radick, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC formerly AUSA EDNY
Discussion of the Yates Memo
November 10th
Joe Hynes, Brooklyn District Attorney                                              
Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution
November 17
Megan Lewis & John Feinblatt, Everytown for Gun Safety
Bloomberg-Sponsored Gun Control Continued
November 24
Neil Barsky, President, The Marshall Project
The Marshall Project: Sparking a National Conversation about Criminal Justice
December 1
Andrew Griffiths, Metropolitan Police, UK                                   
Developments in Interrogation StrategiesSpring 2016 Schedule

February 2
Alvin Bragg, Chief, Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit
His position in leading a unit created to handle cases in which police officers shoot civilians.

February 9
Chris Santora, ADA
The largest scheme to defraud the U.S. Social Security Disability System

February 23
Arlo Devlin-Brown, Chief of the Public Corruption unit at the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District                                                            
“Honest Services Fraud: The Trials Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos.”

March 1
Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance
The Manhattan DA’s office’s multi-faceted initiatives to spend over $1 billion in forfeiture money obtained from bank-litigation settlements

March 8
Sam Estreicher,  NYU School of Law                                                                      
“Honest Services Fraud: The Trials Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos.”

March 22
Dan Simon, University of Southern California
“The Ghostwritten Testimony”

March 29
Naomi Murakawa, Dept. of African American Studies, Princeton
“Racial Liberalism and the Rise of Law and Order”

April 5
Dr. Karin Martin, City University of NY
“The Peril of Pecuniary Justice: Pursuing Revenue, Producing Criminal Justice Debt.”

April 12
Roy Germano, NYU School of Law
Immigrant America

April 19
Paul Shechtman, Zuckerman Law Firm
“The Identity Theft Enhancement Act of 2004 and the Pathological Politics of Federal Criminal Law”

April 26
Jerry McElroy, Director, NYC Criminal Justice Agency
“The NYC Bail System and the pressures for Bail Reform”

May 3rd
Alex Goldfarb, The Litvinenko Justice Foundation
“Putin Likely Approved Murder of Ex-Spy”

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