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 2017 Schedule

October 9
Gary T. Marx
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Massachusetts Institute for Technology
“Windows into the Soul and Bars over the Windows: The Engineering and Counter-Engineering of Social Control”

November 20
Doug Husak
Professor II, Philosophy Department
Rutgers University
“Ignorance of Law”

Spring 2018 Schedule

February 26
Kevin Reitz
James Annenberg La Vea Professor of Law
University of Minnesota
Co-Director, Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
“The Model Penal Code: Sentencing, A How-To Guide for the Era of Mass Punishment”

March 26
Mark Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy
NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management
“When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and less Punishment”

April 23
Issa Kohler-Hausmann
Associate Professor of Law and Sociology
Yale Law School