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 2018 Schedule

October 15
John Pfaff
Professor of Law
Fordham University

“Moving Past the Standard Story: Rethinking the Causes of Mass Incarceration”

November 26
Jennifer Arlen
Norma Z. Paige Professor Law
Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement
Director, Center in Law, Economics and Organization New York University School of Law

“The Promise and Perils, Real and Imagined, of Deferred Prosecution Agreements”

Spring 2019 Schedule

February 25
Patrick Sharkey
Associate Professor of Public Service
New York University Wagner
Professor, New York University Department of Sociology

“Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence”

March 25
Mona Lunch
Professor of Criminology, Law and Society & Law
University of California Irvine School of Ecology

“Localizing Legal Policy: The Case of Federal Criminal Justice”

April 22
Rachel Barkow
Vice Dean and Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law & Policy
Faculty Director, Center on Administration of Criminal Law
New York University School of Law

“Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration”

Fall 2019 Schedule

November 11
Tom Tyler
Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of The Justice Collaboratory Yale Law School

“Repurposing American Policing”

Spring 2020 Schedule

February 10
Nadine Strossen
John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School

“Hate Speech”

April 6
Anita Farahany
Professor of Law and Philosophy; Founder Director of Duke Science & Society; Chair, Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy

“Neuroscience & Social Surveillance”