Areas of Study

Criminal Law

Faculty

  • Claudia Angelos
    Clinical Professor of Law
    Claudia Angelos, an authority on prisoners’ rights, teaches lawyering and litigation and directs the Civil Rights Clinic, the Racial Justice Clinic, and the New York Civil Liberties Clinic at NYU Law. Over more than twenty years at the Law School, she and her students have litigated more than 100 civil rights cases in the New York federal courts. She frequently speaks on a range of issues, including legal education, prisoners’ rights, civil rights, ethics, and pretrial and trial practice. She is an honors graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. A long-time past president of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Angelos now serves as its general counsel and sits on the board and the executive committee of the American Civil Liberties Union. She is also a member of the board and executive committee of the Clinical Legal Education Association and the boards of the Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York and the Society of American Law Teachers.
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  • Jennifer Arlen
    Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law on leave (fall)
    Jennifer Arlen ’86 is one of the nation’s leading scholars on corporate liability, specializing in corporate crime, vicarious liability, and securities fraud. She also has written extensively on medical malpractice liability and experimental law and economics. Arlen received her BA in economics from Harvard College (1982, magna cum laude) and her JD (1986, Order of the Coif) and PhD in economics (1992) from New York University. She is co-founder and director of the NYU Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement. She also is a co-founder, director, and past president of the Society of Empirical Legal Studies, is a former director of the American Law and Economics Association (1991-93, 2006-09), serves on the editorial board of the American Law and Economics Review, and chaired the Law and Economics, Remedies, and Torts sections of the Association of American Law Schools. Prior to coming to NYU School of Law, Arlen was the Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor of Law and Business at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Arlen clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch on the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She teaches Corporations, Business Crime, and a seminar on Corporate Crime and Financial Misdealing: Law and Policy.
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  • Rachel Barkow
    Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy
    Rachel Barkow’s scholarship focuses on applying the lessons and theory of administrative and constitutional law to the administration of criminal justice. She has written more than 20 articles, recently joined the leading criminal law casebook as a co-author, and is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on criminal law and policy. She received the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013 and the Law School’s Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007. In June 2013, the Senate confirmed her as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission. Since 2010, she has also been a member of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Conviction Integrity Policy Advisory Panel. After graduating from Northwestern University (BA ’93), Barkow attended Harvard Law School (’96), where she won the Sears Prize. She served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the DC Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court. Barkow was an associate at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel in Washington, DC, before joining the NYU Law faculty.
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  • Alina Das
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Law
    Alina Das ’05 joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 2011. Das co-directs the Immigrant Rights Clinic, a leading institution in local and national struggles for immigrant rights. She and her students represent immigrants and community organizations in litigation and advocacy at the agency, federal court, and Supreme Court levels. In addition to her teaching, Das engages in scholarship on deportation and detention issues, particularly at the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Das also serves as faculty director of the NYU Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights. Prior to joining the Law School, Das was a Soros Justice Fellow and staff attorney with the Immigrant Defense Project, and clerked for Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Das graduated magna cum laude with an AB in government from Harvard University, and graduated cum laude from NYU Law as a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar with a joint MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Das is a recipient of the LexisNexis Matthew Bender Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law, the NYU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award, and the NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs Nia Faculty Award.
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  • Harry First
    Charles L. Denison Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Competition, Innovation, and Information Law Program
    Harry First is a specialist in antitrust and business crime. He is the co-author of the casebook Free Enterprise and Economic Organization: Antitrust (7th Ed. 2014) (with John Flynn and Darren Bush), as well as a casebook on regulated industries (with John Flynn). He was twice a Fulbright Research Fellow in Japan and taught antitrust as an adjunct professor at the University of Tokyo. First’s most recent scholarly work has focused on various aspects of antitrust enforcement and theory, including The Microsoft Antitrust Cases: Competition Policy for the Twenty-first Century (with Andrew I. Gavil) (MIT Press, forthcoming 2014), “Your Money and Your Life: The Export of U.S. Antitrust Remedies” in Global Competition Law and Economics (Stanford University Press, 2013), “Antitrust’s Democracy Deficit” (Fordham Law Review, 2013), and two chapters in The Design of Competition Law Institutions: Global Norms, Local Choices (Oxford University Press, 2013), one dealing with the United States, the other with Japan. First is also the author of a casebook on business crime and a recently published article, “Business Crime and the Public Interest: Lawyers, Legislators, and the Administrative State” (University of California Irvine Law Review, 2012). First is a contributing editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, foreign antitrust editor of the Antitrust Bulletin, a member of the executive committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the advisory board and a senior fellow of the American Antitrust Institute.
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  • Barry Friedman
    Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law on sabbatical (fall)
    Barry Friedman is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law and the federal courts. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and is currently writing a book on policing and the Constitution. Friedman publishes frequently in the nation’s leading academic journals, in the fields of law, politics, and history; his work also appears frequently in the popular press, including the New York Times, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and the New Republic. Friedman serves as a litigator or litigation consultant on a variety of matters in the federal and state courts. He teaches a range of courses including Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Criminal Procedure, as well as a new course entitled Judicial Decisionmaking in Constitutional Cases that marries social science about judging with normative and institutional legal questions. He has been a visiting scholar and lecturer at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy; Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherches sur la Justice Constitutionnelle, Sciences Po Aix, in Aix-en-Provence, France; and the University of Hong Kong. Friedman graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
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  • David Garland
    Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law on sabbatical (fall);
    Professor of Sociology
    David Garland, widely considered one of the world’s leading sociologists of crime and punishment, joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1997. He received his law degree with first-class honors and a PhD in socio-legal studies from the University of Edinburgh and a master’s in criminology from the University of Sheffield, and is noted for his distinctive sociological approach to the study of legal institutions. Garland is the author of a series of award-winning books, including Punishment and Welfare: A History of Penal Strategies (1985); Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory (1990); The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society (2001); and Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition (2010). He is a corresponding fellow of the British Academy, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a fellow of the American Society of Criminology. Garland has also been a Davis Fellow at Princeton University’s History Department (1984-85) and a J. S. Guggenheim Fellow (2006-07). In 2009, he was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the Free University of Brussels. In 2012, the American Society of Criminology awarded him the Edwin H. Sutherland Prize for outstanding contributions to theory and research. In the fall of 2014, he will be Shimizu Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
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  • Martin Guggenheim
    Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Clinical Law
    One of the nation’s foremost experts on children’s rights and family law, Martin Guggenheim ’71 has taught at NYU School of Law, where he now co-directs the Family Defense Clinic, since 1973. From 1998 to 2002, he was director of Clinical and Advocacy Programs. Guggenheim has been an active litigator in the area of children and the law and has argued leading cases on juvenile delinquency and termination of parental rights in the US Supreme Court. He is also a well-known scholar, having published more than 50 articles and book chapters, plus five books, including What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights (2005). His research has focused on adolescent abortion, First Amendment rights in schools, the role of counsel for children in court proceedings, and empirical research on child welfare practice, juvenile justice, and family law. As a student at NYU Law, he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Scholar. After law school, Guggenheim worked at the Juvenile Rights Division of New York’s Legal Aid Society and later for the Juvenile Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation.
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  • Randy Hertz
    Vice Dean;
    Professor of Clinical Law;
    Director, Clinical and Advocacy Programs
    Randy Hertz came to NYU School of Law in 1985 as one of the first to join the new clinical tenure track. A graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was the articles and symposium editor of the Law Review, he clerked for Robert F. Utter, chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court, and later worked at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he handled criminal trials and appeals. Hertz is an editor-in-chief of NYU Law’s Clinical Law Review, the first scholarly journal to focus on clinical legal education and one of the few peer-edited law reviews in the country. Hertz regularly works pro bono on briefs in criminal appeals, including capital appeals and habeas corpus proceedings. He is the co-author of a two-volume book on habeas corpus that is regularly used by practicing lawyers and routinely cited by judges. And, together with University Professor Anthony Amsterdam and Law School Professor Martin Guggenheim, he wrote a trial manual on juvenile court practice that is the leading work for lawyers who handle juvenile delinquency cases. Hertz teaches the Juvenile Defender Clinic and Criminal Litigation.
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  • James Jacobs
    Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts;
    Director, Center for Research in Crime and Justice
    James Jacobs holds a JD (1973) and a PhD in sociology (1975) from the University of Chicago. Before joining the NYU faculty in 1982, he was a member of the Cornell Law School faculty. He teaches first-year criminal law and upper-year electives on criminal procedure, federal criminal law, and juvenile justice, as well as various specialized seminars, e.g. on cyber-crime and on regulation of vice. Jacobs has published 15 books and more than 100 articles. His first book, Stateville: The Penitentiary in Mass Society (1977), regarded as a penological classic, deals with the impact of gangs, public employee unionism, prisoners’ rights litigation, and other post–World War II phenomena on the social organization of the American prison. Five of his books, including his most recent (Breaking the Devil’s Pact: The Battle to Free the Teamsters from the Mob [2011]), document the government’s long-term campaign to eradicate Italian-American organized crime. Among his other books are: Can Gun Control Work? (2004); Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics (2000); The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity (1996); and Drunk Driving: An American Dilemma (1992). Jacobs was awarded a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship to write The Eternal Criminal Record, which Harvard University Press will publish in 2015.
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  • Holly Maguigan
    Professor of Clinical Law
    Holly Maguigan teaches a criminal defense clinic and another on comparative criminal justice, as well as a seminar on global public-service lawyering and a course on evidence. She is an expert on the criminal trials of battered women. Her research and teaching are interdisciplinary. Of particular importance in her litigation and scholarship are the obstacles to fair trials experienced by people accused of crimes who are not part of the dominant culture. Maguigan is a member of the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s National Advisory Committee on Cultural Considerations in Domestic Violence Cases. She serves on the boards of directors of the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, MADRE, and the William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice. Maguigan is a past co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers. SALT named her Great Teacher of 2014.
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  • Erin Murphy
    Professor of Law on leave (fall)
    Erin Murphy’s research focuses on technology and forensic evidence in the criminal justice system. She is a nationally recognized expert in forensic DNA typing, and her work has been cited multiple times by the Supreme Court. Murphy is currently writing a book about DNA evidence, and is the associate reporter for the American Law Institute’s revision of the sexual assault article of the Model Penal Code. Murphy has translated her scholarly writing for more popular audiences by publishing in Scientific American, USA Today, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Huffington Post. A proud recipient of the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, she teaches courses in criminal law and procedure, evidence, forensic evidence, and professional responsibility in the criminal context. She joined the NYU School of Law faculty after five years at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Prior to that, Murphy spent five years as an attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She received her BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College in 1995 and her JD from Harvard Law School in 1999, both magna cum laude. She clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
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  • Ronald Noble
    Professor of Law on leave (fall)

    Ronald K. Noble is currently on leave but will return to the Law School in Spring 2015. He currently serves as secretary general of INTERPOL, an international police organization with 190 member countries. He has been elected to three consecutive five-year terms and is credited with having transformed INTERPOL into a modern, innovative, and robust organization during his tenure.

    Noble previously served as the US Treasury’s first-ever Under Secretary for Enforcement (1993-1996), where he oversaw the US Secret Service; the US Customs Service; the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the Office of Foreign Assets Control; the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; and the Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture. He began his public service career as an assistant US attorney from 1984 to 1988. Noble was noted for his prosecution of major cases involving public corruption and drug trafficking. Noble also served as senior law clerk to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He received a BA in economics and business administration cum laude from the University of New Hampshire in 1979 and a JD from Stanford Law School in 1982 where he served as articles editor for the Stanford Law Review. He joined the faculty of NYU Law in 1988, and his major subject areas are international police enforcement cooperation, evidence, federal criminal law, lawyering, gun control, and gun rights.

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  • David A.J. Richards
    Edwin D. Webb Professor of Law
    A teacher of criminal law and constitutional law at NYU School of Law, David Richards is the author of 19 books and numerous articles, and has developed influential arguments on gay rights and on the distorting impact of patriarchy on interpretation in law and religion. For the past 10 years, Richards has taught an interdisciplinary seminar on resisting injustice with NYU University Professor Carol Gilligan, which led to the publication of their book The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy’s Future (2008), and, most recently, Richards’s The Rise of Gay Rights and the Fall of the British Empire: Liberal Resistance and the Bloomsbury Group (2013) and Resisting Injustice and the Feminist Ethics of Care in the Age of Obama: “Suddenly,…All the Truth Was Coming Out” (2013). A graduate of Harvard College (1966) and Harvard Law School (1971), Richards secured his DPhil in moral philosophy from Oxford University (studying with H. L. A. Hart and G. J. Warnock) in 1970. His doctoral dissertation, A Theory of Reasons for Action, was published by Oxford University Press in 1971.
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  • Stephen Schulhofer
    Robert B. McKay Professor of Law
    Stephen Schulhofer is one of the nation’s most distinguished scholars of criminal justice. He has written more than 50 scholarly articles and seven books, including the leading casebook in the field, and highly regarded, widely cited work on a range of criminal justice and national security topics. His most recent book More Essential Than Ever: The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press, 2012) is a comprehensive review and analysis of Fourth Amendment history, the Supreme Court’s constitutional methodology, current Fourth Amendment doctrine, and a wide range of contemporary problems concerning searches and seizures, electronic surveillance, and the intersection between national security needs and the right to privacy. Schulhofer’s scholarship has been distinguished by his simultaneous engagement with doctrinal analysis, criminal justice policy, and his own original empirical work. He has written on counterterrorism, police interrogation, rape law, administrative searches, drug enforcement, indigent defense, sentencing reform, plea bargaining, battered spouse syndrome, and many other criminal justice matters. His current projects include analyses of national security secrecy, the right to privacy in electronic communications, and an empirical study of the impact of counterterrorism policing on immigrant communities in New York and London. In addition, he currently serves as the reporter for the American Law Institute’s project to revise the sexual offense provisions of the Model Penal Code. Previously, Schulhofer was the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago Law School, and was the Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He completed his BA at Princeton University and his JD at Harvard Law School, both summa cum laude. He then clerked for two years for US Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black and practiced law for three years before beginning his academic career
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  • Bryan Stevenson
    Professor of Clinical Law
    A 1985 graduate of Harvard, with both a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a JD from the law school, Bryan Stevenson joined the clinical faculty at NYU School of Law in 1998. Stevenson has been representing capital defendants and death row prisoners in the Deep South since 1985, when he was a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. In 1989, he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law organization that focuses on social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice reform in the United States. He is still executive director and has recently challenged extreme sentences imposed on young children in several cases before the US Supreme Court. Stevenson’s work has won him national acclaim, including the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, the Olof Palme Prize for international human rights, and awards from the National Association of Public Interest Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the National Lawyers Guild. In 2006, NYU presented Stevenson with its Distinguished Teaching Award. He has also received honorary degrees from several universities, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Georgetown University Law Center. In 2014, he was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  • Kim Taylor-Thompson
    Professor of Clinical Law
    Kim Taylor-Thompson teaches courses related to criminal law and community and criminal defense. Her teaching and scholarship focus on the impact of race and gender on public policy—particularly criminal and juvenile justice policy—and the need to prepare lawyers to meet the demands of practice in and on behalf of subordinated communities. In 2013, Taylor-Thompson received the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. Taylor-Thompson has recently returned from leave, having served for three years as the chief executive officer of Duke Corporate Education, ranked by Financial Times as the number-one global provider of customized executive education. She consulted to top teams in Fortune 500 companies and governments on issues related to strategy execution and leading in complex environments. Before entering academia, Taylor-Thompson spent a decade at the DC Public Defender Service, ultimately serving as its director. She is a frequent moderator of Socratic dialogues at academic and business conferences. Taylor-Thompson received her JD from Yale Law School and her BA from Brown University.
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  • Anthony Thompson
    Professor of Clinical Law
    Anthony Thompson teaches courses related to criminal law and civil litigation, race, and leadership. His scholarship focuses on race, offender reentry, criminal justice issues, and leadership. In his first book, published by NYU Press, Releasing Prisoners, Redeeming Communities (2008), Thompson takes an in-depth look at the issues of reentry, race, and politics. Thompson’s most recent scholarship examines leadership and the law. He teaches a seminar in which he examines the intersection of legal education and leadership in an increasingly globalized society. The course exposes students to some fundamental leadership theory and skill development. Thompson is part of the Duke Corporate Education Global Learning Research Network and has provided executive education to a number of global companies focusing on leadership and strategy execution. In 2007, Thompson was awarded the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award by NYU School of Law. In 2010, he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award, and in 2010 he was also awarded the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award. Thompson was recognized by El Diario in 2011 with “The EL” award, as one of the “outstanding Latinos in the Tri-State area,” for his community service. Thompson earned his JD at Harvard Law School and his BS Ed from Northwestern University.
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