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Friday, September 23, 2005

CrimProf Blog Spotlight: Elizabeth Joh of UC Davis

JohThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights Professor Elizabeth Joh of UC Davis

A graduate of Yale University and New York University School of Law, Professor Joh clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She obtained her Ph.D. (Law and Society) from New York University in 2004. Professor Joh teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and sociology of law. 

When asked why she's drawn to criminal law, Professor Joh says, "At every moment in history, whom, what, and how we decide to punish reflects our values and judgments as a society. These legal questions are compelling moral, political, and philosophical struggles. This is particularly so in our present circumstances, when so many of our social problems are addressed through criminal sanctions. The study of criminal law, then, is not just a study of rules and principles, but also an engagement in a conversation about the kind of society we are, and want to be. Lawyers entering the profession, whether or not they decide to work in the criminal justice system, will be leaders in their communities and must take part in that conversation."

For a list of Professor Joh's articles click here.

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