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Friday, August 24, 2007

Crimprof Blog Spotlights Marie Failinger

FailingermarieThis week the CrimProf Blog highlights Hamline University School of Law Marie Failinger.

CrimProf Failinger was admitted in Indiana and is currently a member of the Minnesota bar. Formerly a staff attorney with Legal Services Organization of Indiana, she has continued her work on behalf of the disadvantaged as a founding member of the National Equal Justice Library, AALS Poverty Law Section, Law Teachers for Legal Services, American Indian Policy Institute, and MiCAEL (arts and law organization.)

She is the editor of the internationally recognized Journal of Law and Religion, as an editorial board member and contributor to the online Journal of Lutheran Ethics, and a founding Board member of Church Innovations Institute and Lutheran Innovations.

She has been professionally active in the American Association of Law Schools and Minnesota Women Lawyers, and has served on nonprofit boards or committees on legal services to the poor, adoption, fair housing, medical ethics, children and the law, and human rights issues. She has also taught in the clinical program at Valparaiso University School of Law. [Mark Godsey]

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

CrimProf Blog Spotlight: Penny White

Whitenew This week the CrimProf Blog spotlights University of Tennessee School of Law CrimProf Penny White.

Before joining the faculty at the UT College of Law in 2000, Professor Penny White served as a judge in all courts of record in the state of Tennessee. As a circuit judge, Professor White presided over civil and criminal jury trials in Tennessee's First Judicial District. Thereafter, as a member of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, White heard and decided hundreds of cases involving state and federal constitutional law issues and state criminal law issues. As the youngest member of the Tennessee Supreme Court, Professor White participated in several decisions that have impacted Tennessee law, including decisions involving class actions, rights of tort victims, and capital punishment.

Since leaving the bench, Professor White has authored benchbooks for Tennessee Circuit, General Sessions, and Municipal Court Judges; has taught judicial education programs in 38 states; and has spoken and written frequently on the topic of judicial independence. She has served as a member of the faculty at the National Judicial College for 15 years where she teaches courses for judges on the subjects of evidence, criminal procedure, and judicial ethics.

She recently completed a one-year term as Chair of the Faculty Council at the National Judicial College.  In addition, Professor White has served as one of the faculty on the College's Capital Punishment Improvement Initiative, a project that provides training and education to trial judges on the trial of capital cases.  Professor White is also authoring portions of a Capital Improvement Initiative Manual, which will be used by judges all across the country who try capital cases.

Before taking the bench in 1990, White practiced law in state and federal court, successfully arguing a case, as a solo practitioner, in the United States Supreme Court in 1988. Professor White taught at three other law schools before joining the UT faculty, serving as Director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse while teaching at Washington and Lee College of Law, holding the William J. Maier, Jr. Chair of Law at West Virginia College of Law, teaching at Denver University College of Law, and visiting at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Her work has been published in numerous law reviews and legal publications.  [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, August 10, 2007

CrimProf Blog Spotlights CrimProf Kenneth Gallant

GallantThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights UALR Law School CrimProf Kenneth Gallant

Professor Gallant joined the law school faculty in 1999, coming from the University of Idaho, where he directed the clinic and taught on the faculty. Before entering teaching, he served first as a prosecutor and later as Attorney-in-charge for Special Litigation with the Office of the District Attorney of Philadelphia.

He served as a law clerk to the late Judge Samuel J. Roberts of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and Judge Louis H. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Professor Gallant teaches Lawyering Skills, Litigation Clinic, International Law, and Criminal Law. He has published extensively in the area of international law. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, August 3, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: University of Wisconsin School of Law CrimProf Pete Dewind

Dewind_peteThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights University of Wisconsin School of Law CrimProf Pete Dewind.

Pete DeWind joined the clinical faculty of the Frank J. Remington Center in May, 1991. As director of the Restorative Justice Project, Prof. DeWind supervises students in facilitating face-to-face meetings or other forms of contact between victims and offenders, usually in cases involving severe violence. Prof. DeWind also supervises students in the Center's Family Law Project, which handles divorce and paternity cases for incarcerated parents.

In 1982, Prof. DeWind graduated with a B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1990, he received his J.D., also from Wisconsin. Before joining the Remington Center, Prof. DeWind worked in Green Bay, Wisconsin as a staff attorney for Legal Services of Northeastern Wisconsin.While in law school, Prof. DeWind earned the Phil Owens Memorial Award and the Gene and Ruth Posner Pro Bono Award, and received a Walworth County Bar Association Scholarship and Shaw Fellowship. In addition, in the 1989 NationalProducts Liability Moot Court competition in Cincinnati, Prof. DeWind's team finished first and received the award for best brief.

Prof. DeWind's service to indigents at the Remington Center and Legal Services represents a longstanding commitment: during law school, he interned at the Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy, at the Center for Public Representation, and at a legal services program on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Crimprof Spotlight: Andrew King-Reys

KingriesThis week, the CrimProf Blog spotlights The University of Montana School of Law CrimProf Andrew King-Reys. 

CrimProf King-Ries teaches Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Justice, and White Collar Crime. He has taught clinical and constitutional law.

He was a speechwriter for the Secretary of Education, Lauro Cavazos; a clerk for the United States Court of Appeals of the Eighth Circuit; and, for eight years, was a prosecutor, specializing in domestic violence cases, for the King County Prosecutor's Office in Seattle, Washington. Professor King-Ries is married, has a three-year-old son, and a ten-year-old dog.

Professor King-Ries graduated from Brown University in 1988 with a degree in History. He received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was Order of the Coif and an editor on the Washington University Law Quarterly. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, July 6, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Susan Beth Farmer

Farmer2This week the CrimProf Blog Spotlights Penn State Dickinson School of Law CrimProf Susan Beth Farmer.

Professor Farmer, a former state antitrust law enforcement attorney, is actively engaged in researching and writing about the application of antitrust and trade regulation law within the federal system of the United States and within the international community. She is the chair of the Association of American Law School’s (AALS) section of Antitrust Law & Economic Regulation and, in that capacity, has planned and moderated the AALS program “Competition Without Borders: Antitrust Law & the Challenge of Globalization.” In 2005, she also planned and moderated the AALS Scholars’ Showcase program at the American Bar Association (ABA) Antitrust Section annual spring meeting.

In addition to these professional activities, Professor Farmer serves as a member of the advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute; as chair of the AALS Liaison Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section; and as chair of the Professional Education Committee of the ABA Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Section. Professor Farmer recently lectured on international conspiracies at the 23rd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime conference at Cambridge University and gave a presentation on the new United Kingdom sexual offenses law at the Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Feminist Law Teachers 12th Annual Conference. She is currently co-editing the forthcoming The European Experience with Merger and Deregulation; in Competition Policy and Merger Analysis in Deregulated and Newly Competitive Industries with Peter Carstensen.

Professor Farmer’s teaching and research interests also include criminal law, with emphasis both on white collar crime and on the impact of the criminal justice system on women. Additionally, her teaching responsibilities have included development and supervision of our extensive curricular externship program in which students work in government law offices, judges’ chambers or for non-profit organizations. Professor Farmer has been a visiting professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, June 29, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Susan Brenner

Brenner This week the CrimProf Blog spotlights University of Dayton School of Law CrimProf Susan Brenner.

Susan Brenner is the NCR Distinguished Professor of Law and Technology at the School of Law. A renowned cybercrime scholar, Professor Brenner speaks internationally and writes extensively on cybercrime. Her website, www.cybercrimes.net, was featured on NBC Nightly News. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s International Cybercrime Project and has served on the National District Attorneys Association’s Committee on Cybercrimes. She is also a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Forensic Science Technology Center Digital Evidence Project.

Cybercrimes, according to Professor Brenner, are using a computer to commit fraud, like theft or stalking, or to commit other illegal activity, like create viruses. Interested in computer technology and the Internet, as well as criminal law, she finds the study of cybercrimes exciting. “There are always new crimes emerging,” she says. Her website offers text-based resources and model legislation for cybercrime law that the students in her cybercrimes class helped develop.

Before joining the School of Law faculty in 1988, Professor Brenner taught at the Indiana University School of Law. She was an associate at Silets and Martin, Ltd., in Chicago, where she defended federal white-collar prosecutions and tax offenses, and at Shellow, Shellow & Glynn in Milawaukee, where she specialized in criminal defense. Professor Brenner has also clerked for two federal district court judges.

[Mark Godsey]

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Friday, June 22, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Diane Amann

Amann2This week the CrimProf Blog spotlights UC Davis School of Law CrimProf Diane Amann

Professor Amann's scholarship examines the interaction of national, regional, and international legal regimes in efforts to combat atrocity and cross-border crime. Recent works have focused on legal responses to U.S. policies respecting executive detention at Guantánamo and elsewhere, on the use of foreign and international law in U.S. constitutional decisionmaking, and on trials of deposed leaders in Iraq, Serbia, and West Africa.

Recipient of the law school's 2000 Distinguished Teaching Award, Professor Amann has taught Federal Jurisdiction, Transnational Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure.

      After receiving her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law, she served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Prentice H. Marshall in Chicago and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and then practiced federal criminal defense law in San Francisco. Professor Amann has been a professeur invitée at the Faculté de droit, Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and a Visiting Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland-Galway. She was graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and earned a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

      Professor Amann has presented her work in North America, in Europe, and in South Africa. Fora have included: meetings of the American Society of International Law, American Society of Comparative Law, Law and Society Association, International Association of Constitutional Law, and Association of American Law Schools; the Collège de France in Paris; and numerous American law school symposia and faculty workshops.

      Her professional service includes the Board of Advisors of the National Institute of Military Justice; the Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law; and co-chairmanship of ASIL West, a pilot project designed to enhance the Society's regional presence. Professor Amann is an expert member of Réseau ID, a network of French and American scholars and judges studying the internationalization of law, and she wrote the U.S. national report as an expert member of a Paris-based comparative study of military and special tribunals. She helped advise the Serbian government on establishing a special war crimes court, and serves as an expert on a project, cosponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, to draft transitional criminal codes for use in postconflict situations.

      Professor Amann has been quoted and had her work cited in national and foreign media, among them the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, KCBS Radio, and the Australian Broadcasting Service. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, June 15, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Dwight Aarons

Aaronsdwight1006 This week the CrimProf Blog spotlights University of Tennessee School of Law CrimProf Dwight Aarons.

Professor Dwight Aarons earned his B.A. degree in 1986 and his J.D. degree in 1989, both from UCLA. He was the editor-in-chief of the National Black Law Journal during his third year of law school. Immediately after graduation from law school, he served for two years as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then from 1991 through 1993, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professor Aarons' particular area of scholarly interest has been the death penalty. At the College of Law, Professor Aarons has been honored as the recipient of the 2003 Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award; the 2003-04 Forrest W. Lacey Award for Outstanding Contribution to the U.T. College of Law Moot Court Program; and the 2001 Carden Award for Outstanding Service to the Institution.

Professor Aarons has engaged in numerous service activities, including legislative efforts on behalf of the University's professors regarding the changing of course grades, the restoration of voting rights for felons, and the regulation of aerial spraying of pesticides. Professor Aarons has consulted on capital cases in California and Tennessee , and has written amicus briefs to Tennessee appellate courts on criminal law issues.

Some of Professor Aarons' service activities beyond the College include his current service, since 2003, as the Tennessee Assessment Team leader of the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project, which is collecting data on how the death penalty operates within the state, as part of a national study. Professor Aarons served on the Implementation Committee of the Tennessee Supreme Court Commission on Racial and Gender Fairness (1998-2001); the Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyers' Division Commission on Women and Minorities in the Profession (1993-1996), and on the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, Minorities in the Profession Planning Board (1992-1996). On behalf of The University of Tennessee, Professor Aarons served on the executive board of the AAUP chapter, and from 1996-1999 he served as a faculty senator in the campus Faculty Senate.

Among his activities at the College of Law , Professor Aarons is the faculty advisor to the Black Law Students Association and the coach of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court team. Locally, Professor Aarons serves as a development consultant a local nonprofit organization after school program in East Knoxville . He has also served as an executive board member of a local community group that monitors and documents complaints of police misconduct.  [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, June 8, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Erik Luna

LunaThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law CrimProf Erik Luna

CrimProf Luna graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, and he received his J.D. with honors from Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Upon graduation, Professor Luna was a prosecutor in the San Diego District Attorney's Office and a fellow and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He has served as the senior Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand, where he taught at Victoria University Law School and conducted research on restorative justice. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Havana Law School and has taught U.S. constitutional law and criminal justice to judges and attorneys in Cuba.

Professor Luna is the co-director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center, a partnership among the colleges of law, social and behavioral science, and social work, to foster interdisciplinary research and study in criminal justice. Among other professional activities, he serves on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center and the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association, and he is a member of the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions.

Professor Luna teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, advanced criminal procedure, comparative criminal justice, and juvenile justice. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, June 1, 2007

CrimProf Blog Spotlight: Blaine LeCesne

BlecesneThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights Loyola University School of Law CrimProf Blaine LeCesne.

Professor LeCesne was employed by the New York law firms of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae (1980-1983), and Weil, Gotshal & Manges (1983-1987).

He served as Deputy City Attorney for the City Attorney of New Orleans from 1987-1989 and was a partner with the law firm of Brook, Morial, Cassibry, Fraiche & Pizza from 1989-1991.

He began his career at Loyola in 1991. Professor LeCesne teaches Louisiana Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Torts, and Trial Advocacy. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, May 25, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Barbara Armacost

ArmacostThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights Virginia Law CrimProf Barbara Armacost. 

In the fall of 1992, Barbara Armacost returned to the Law School from which she graduated to become a member of the faculty. She teaches civil rights litigation, criminal investigation, torts, and First Amendment (religion clauses).

Armacost became a lawyer after a number of years in the nursing profession. During those years, she served as a head nurse in the cardiovascular unit at the University of Virginia Hospital and worked as a volunteer in a mission hospital in La Pointe, Haiti. In 1984 she earned a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Regent College at the University of British Columbia. Her work earned her the Master of Theological Studies Proficiency Award and the Ethics Award for Academic Excellence.

Armacost subsequently worked as a paralegal before entering the Law School in 1986. While earning her J.D., she was honored here with the Thomas Marshall Miller Prize, Mary Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter Prize, and election to the Order of the Coif. She also served as notes editor of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The following two years she served as attorney adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, May 18, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Stacy Caplow

ScaplowsmallThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights Brooklyn Law School CrimProf Stacy Caplow.

Professor Caplow is the Director of the Law School's Clinical Education Program. A leader in the field of clinical legal education, she recently returned from a sabbatical where first she assisted Hong Kong University in developing a clinical program, and then spent a semester as a Fulbright Scholar at University College Cork, Ireland.

She has been the president of the Clinical Legal Education Association. She is also on the board of editors of the Clinical Legal Review. She is the co-author of Multidefendant Criminal Cases: Federal Law and Procedure (1998 & Supps. 1999, 2000).

Her background includes serving as Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division in the Eastern District of New York, and as Director of Training and Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau in the Kings County District Attorney's Office. She also was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society. Professor Caplow has been a member of the faculty since 1976. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, May 11, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Jay Clark

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This week the CrimProf Blog spotlights University of Cincinnati CrimProf Jay Clark. 

CrimProf Clark teaches Forensic Science and Criminal Law: Investigation and Discovery at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

CrimProf Clark has been representing the criminally accused in State and Federal courts for over 15 years in Southern Ohio. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Jay graduated from The Seven Hills School in 1981. He attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where he received a B.A. in Business Management and B.S. in Economics, in 1985. In 1989 he graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. Jay is a 1996 graduate of the National Criminal Defense College and Advanced Cross Examination Program, in Macon, Georgia.

As a skilled, experienced, and aggressive trial lawyer Jay is actively involved in national, state, and local organizations with the common mission of providing zealous and effective representation to those accused of crime. Jay is on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he has served as Co-chair of the Strike Force since 1998. He is also currently the Chairman of the CLE Committee. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he is Vice-Chair of the Forensic Committee. He is a Past President and Board member of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, May 4, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Christo Lassiter

LassiterThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights University of Cincinnati CrimProf Christo Lassiter

In 1996, Professor Lassiter commented on the draft Civil Procedure Code of Ukraine as part of a project undertaken by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Since 1994, he has lectured and written annual updates on Supreme Court litigation for the Federal Public and Community Defenders Program, and has also led discussions at bench-bar conferences on improving the judicial process for the State Bar of Ohio since 1992.

Locally, Professor Lassiter served as a member of the Hamilton County Criminal Justice Task Force which studied and suggested legal reforms; Professor Lassiter served as the Task Force?s Trial Committee chair in 1992. Beginning in 1994, Professor Lassiter served on the Cincinnati Bar Association?s Law Day Committee as the script writer for a two hour televised discussion on constitutional issues of interest to high school students. The program received second place in the ABA 1996 Outstanding Law Day Activities Award competition when Professor Lassiter became chair of the Committee. In 1997, Professor Lassiter led a discussion on professional ethics in the CBA?s Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, and also lectured on ?The Death Penalty in the United States: Historically and Today? at a symposium sponsored by the College of Law. Professor Lassiter was a consultant for ?The Affair,? a joint HBO - BBC production concerning the U.S. military?s use of the death penalty for interracial rape during World War II.

Finally, in his most exciting and professionally rewarding endeavor, Professor Lassiter happily coached, ?Christo's Angels,? the law women's softball team to the All University Intramural Championship in 2000.  [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, April 27, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: David Chang

Chang_davidThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights New York Law School CrimProf David Chang.

At first glance, David Chang’s reserved exterior belies the deep feelings he has for righting society’s wrongs, especially with regard to racial discrimination. But his passion and commitment to addressing these issues quickly become clear not only through his conversation and writings, but also through his actions.

Former cochair of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, Professor Chang worked hard to combat some of the City’s most heinous incidents of brutality and to push for legislative remedies through the passage of anti-hate crimes statutes.

“Hate-motivated violence is perhaps the most fundamental denial of community and human rights,” he says with conviction. He has written extensively on hate crimes legislation and the constitutionality of affirmative action policies, finding himself “almost obsessed with the problems of achieving racial justice in a fundamentally racist society.” He has also worked with the Los Angeles-based Center for Law in the Public Interest. He is now chairman of the Board of Directors of Pratt Area Community Council, an organization that serves a wide range of housing-related needs for low- and moderate-income residents of Brooklyn.

His scholarship has been recognized as outstanding. In 1992, New York Law School presented the Walter M. Jeffords Distinguished Writing Award to Professor Chang for his article, “Discriminatory Impact, Affirmative Action, and Innocent Victims: Judicial Conservatism or Conservative Justices?” (Columbia Law Review, 1991) and in 2001, the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award for his article, “Selling the Market-Driven Message: Commercial Television, Consumer Sovereignty, and the First Amendment” (Minnesota Law Review, 2000).

While at Yale Law School, where he received a J.D. in 1982, Professor Chang became interested in First Amendment issues and constitutional litigation, due in part to a summer internship with the in-house counsel at The Washington Post. He also realized during his first year at law school that he wanted to teach, finding his Yale professors inspiring. “I found that I enjoyed the academic approach to exploring questions; to coming up with better ways of thinking about problems,” he explains.

Professor Chang, who has been on the New York Law School faculty since 1983, brings this appreciation for intellectual development into his classroom.

“I am very impressed with New York Law School students, and find them serious and committed. Their accomplishments, especially among the Evening Division students, are often amazing,” he says.

Outside of academics, Professor Chang also has many passions, including restoration of his Victorian-style brownstone in Brooklyn, pool, golf, photography, and his dog Kenya. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, April 20, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Charles Bobis

Bobis This week the Crimprof Blog spotlights St. John's University School of Law CrimProf Charles Bobis.

Professor Bobis served as law clerk to Justice Benjamin J. Rabin of the New York State Appellate Division, First Judicial Department and as Law Assistant to the Justices of the same court. He later practiced for ten years as a trial attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York before joining the law faculty.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and serves on the faculty of several trial advocacy programs in New York City.

He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Criminal Law Institute of the School of Law. Professor Bobis is co-author of Real Estate Brokerage-Law and Practice. He teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Legal Method. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, April 13, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Janet Ainsworth

JanThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights Seattle University School of Law CrimProf Janet Ainsworth.

Janet Ainsworth recieved her B.A. magna cum laude Brandeis University in 1974: Phi Beta Kappa. She recieved her M.A. for Yale University 1977. She also recieved her J.D. cum laude Harvard Law School 1980.

Professor Ainsworth was employed by the King County (Seattle) Public Defender’s Office from 1980-88, where she was staff attorney in the felony and appellate divisions and later served as training coordinator.

She currently sits on the board of directors of the Public Defender Association, and has authored amicus curiae briefs in the state and federal courts and to the U.S. Supreme Court. She joined the faculty in 1988. [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, April 6, 2007

CrimProf Blog Spotlight: Leah Wortham

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Friday, March 16, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Markus Dubber

Dubber_markusAfter attending Harvard College and Stanford Law School, Markus D. Dubber served as a judicial clerk for Gerard Bard Tjoflat, then chief judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. After a year as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago, he began teaching at SUNY in 1993. In 2000-2001, he held a Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Institute of Legal Philosophy, University of Munich, and spent the fall of 2001 as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

Dubber is the founding director of the Buffalo Criminal Law Center and the founding editor of the Buffalo Criminal Law Review. He is a member of the American Law Institute and of the Editorial Board of the Law & History Review. [Mark Godsey]

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