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Friday, June 2, 2006

CrimProf Spotlight: Professor Deborah A. Ramirez

Deborah_a_ramirezThis week, the CrimProf Blog spotlights Professor Deborah A. Ramirez of Northeastern University School of Law.

"Professor Ramirez writes and lectures about racial profiling, community policing multiracial identity, race and criminal justice, jury selection, disenfranchisement of ethnic groups from jury service, and the historical role and function of the jury. Over the past several years, she has worked as a consultant to the US Department of Justice on issues of racial profiling and data collection. With Department of Justice funding, she, along with Northeastern University colleagues in the College of Criminal Justice, authored a resource guide on racial profiling data collection systems that has been disseminated nationally to state and local law enforcement organizations.

In 2003, Professor Ramirez was selected as a senior fellow by the Soros Foundation to write a Promising Practices Guide for developing partnerships between the Arab, Muslim and Sikh communities and law enforcement in Los Angeles, Dearborn (Michigan) and Boston. Professor Ramirez is executive director of the Partnering for Prevention and Community Safety Initiative, which seeks to develop the best practices for building and strengthening these partnerships.

Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty in 1989, Professor Ramirez was an associate with the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr and an assistant US attorney in Boston, where she was assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Task Force Unit. In that position, she was in charge of numerous investigations, trials and appeals. Professor Ramirez teaches Criminal Justice, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility and a variety of seminars."

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