The Center regularly hosts conferences and panels on criminal law topics, focusing on good government and prosecutor practices.The Center regularly hosts conferences and panels on criminal law topics, focusing on good government and prosecutor practices. The Center hosts one annual major conference on criminal prosecution, choosing a different substantive or procedural focus each year. The Center also holds small panels and events during the year on prosecution and sentencing topics. These events involve leading academics from across various fields and expert practitioners.

Upcoming Events

Disrupting the Cycle: Reforming Reentry

Friday, April 7, 2017

NYU’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law will host its ninth annual criminal law conference entitled “Disrupting the Cycle: Reforming Reentry.” This Conference will examine how institutional actors currently approach reentry issues, how formerly incarcerated individuals experience their reentry back to society after serving time, and the best ideas for reforming this process to facilitate individuals’ successful reentry and lower recidivism rates.

Keynote Address by Glenn Martin, Founder and President, JustLeadershipUSA

Featured Speaker: Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY

For a full list of speakers and panels see our event page here!

This event is approved for 5 CLE credits in the Areas of Professional Practice and is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Listen to the conference here

Past Events

NYU’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law’s 8th Annual Conference,
Reckoning With Force: Examining the Intersecting Roles of Prosecutors, Police, and Community in Use-of-Force Cases

7 CLE Professional Practice Credits

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 9am-4:45 p.m. (CLE Registration begins at 8:45a.m.)
Location: Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, NY, NY


Roy Austin, Jr., Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity

Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and head of the Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice


Moderator: Prof. Erin Murphy, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law. Panelists: Robert J. Moossy, Jr., John Chisholm, Milwaukee District Attorney; Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., Chief of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit, New York Attorney General’s Office; Cynthia Conti-Cook, staff attorney, New York Legal Aid Society and head of the Cop Accountability Project; Kevin T. Kane, Chief State's Attorney for Connecticut


Moderator: Prof. Barry Friedman, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Policing Project, New York University School of Law.  Panelists: Christy Lopez, Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice; J. Scott Thompson, Chief of Police, Camden, NJ; Jane Castor, Former Chief of Police, Tampa FL; Prof. Katherine A. Levine, New York University School of Law


Moderator: Anne Milgram, former New Jersey Attorney General and Senior Fellow at the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, New York University School of Law.   Panelists: Baher Azmy, Legal Director, Center on Constitutional Rights and Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law; Melba Pearson, President of the National Black Prosecutor’s Association and Asst. Chief of the Career Criminal/Robbery Unit, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office; Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General; Prof. Jocelyn Simonson, Brooklyn Law School; Nancy Hoppock, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Risk Management Bureau, New York Police Department


The Center's 7th Annual Conference: Regulatory Offenses and Criminal Law

On Tuesday April 14, 2015, The Center hosted its annual conference, "Regulatory Offenses and Criminal Law". 


Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice

The Honorable Patti B. Saris, Chief United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission


When and How to Criminalize Regulatory Offenses. Moderator: Prof. Roger A. Fairfax, Associate Dean for Public Engagement & Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School. Panelists: Prof. Richard B. Stewart, NYU School of Law; Jonathan Wroblewski, Director of the Office of Policy and Legislation in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; The Honorable Jed S. Rakoff, Senior United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; Prof. Ellen S. Podgor, Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law.

Investigating and Enforcing Regulatory Offenses. Moderator: Prof. Sara Sun Beale, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law. Panelists: Reed D. Rubinstein, Partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; Maureen A. Ruane, Partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP; Amelia Cottrell, Associate Regional Director at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, New York; Spencer Freedman, Executive Deputy Inspector General at the New York State Office of the Inspector General.

Punishing Regulatory Offenses. Moderator: Prof. Rachel Barkow, Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy, NYU School of Law. Panelists: James R. Copland, Director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy; Andrew Weissmann, Chief of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section, U.S. Department of Justice; Prof. Kevin E. Davis, Vice Dean, Professor of Business Law, NYU School of Law; Molly Gill, Government Affairs Counsel, Families Against Mandatory Minimums.


The Center's 6th Annual Conference: Mercy in the Criminal Justice System

The Center’s Annual All-day Conference was held April 15, 2014, and was dedicated to the topic of clemency. White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler was our keynote speaker and three diverse panels discussed clemency practice, other post-conviction strategies and services, and explored recent developments and the future of clemency. CLE written materials for event may be found here.

A Conversation with NYC's District Attorneys

On April 8, 2014, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in Lipton Hall, the Center and PILC co-hosted a panel of leaders among some of the city’s District Attorneys’ offices to discuss the challenges they face and future directions for law enforcement. The panelists included Kenneth P. Thompson (’92), Kings County District Attorney; Daniel R. Alonso (’90), former Chief Assistant, New York County District Attorney’s Office; Mary Jo Blanchard (’98), Counsel to the Investigations Division, Bronx County District Attorney’s Office; and Scott E. Kessler, Domestic Violence Bureau Chief, Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Download written material here.

On November 21, 2013, the Center partnered with the Federal Bar Council to present “Reining in Mandatory Minimums: Perspectives from Both Sides of the “V” in Greenberg Lounge with a dynamic panel of criminal justice experts.

On October 21, 2013, the Center sponsored the NYAGV Education Fund's Annual Benefit and Silent Auction to support youth and community programs to prevent gun violence. Learn more about NYAGC here.

On October 3, 2013, the Center hosted the two authors of How Can You Represent Those People. Prof. Abbe Smith and Prof. Monroe Freedman, selected readings from their book and had a panel discussion with other distinguished present and former criminal defense advocates such as David Singleton, Director of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, Robin Steinberg, Director of the Bronx Defenders, and Deirdre von Dornum, NYU Law’s Assistant Dean of Public Service.

On September 26, 2013, NYU Law’s Anti-Trafficking Advocacy Coalition in partnership with the British Foreign Council hosted a discussion on the roles that the public and private sectors play in advancing efforts to end trafficking. Panelists explained how US state and federal laws have evolved to deal with human and sex trafficking, the role and responsibility of the private sector, and discuss issues related to trafficking survivors’ re-entry into society.


  • Moderator and host: Anne Milgram, Senior Fellow at the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU Law and former Attorney General of New Jersey
  • Dorchen A Leidholdt, Director, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, Sanctuary for Families
  • Jimmy Lee, Executive Director, RestoreNYC
  • Dawn Conway, COO of Cision and Co-Chair of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking

More information click here

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Announces Release of White Collar Crime Task Force Report at NYU

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. announces release of the White Collar Task Force’s report proposing the modernization of New York’s criminal fraud statutes. The Center’s Executive Director, Nancy Hoppock, served as the Chair to the Task Force’s Anti-Corruption subcommittee.

On April 19, 2013, the Center hosted its 5th annual conference, "Criminal Law and the Modern Court." See our full program here.

On April 9, 2013, the Center's Scholar-in-Residence Prof. Sharon Dolovich hosted the publishers of Prison Legal News for a conversation with students.

On March 27, 2013, the Center and PILC co-hosted author and former bank robber Shon Hopwood, who emerged from a decade in federal prison as a skilled Supreme Court practitioner. Hopwood spoke about his experience and his book, "Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption."

The War on Drugs

On February 6, 2013, the Center and Law Students for Human Rights jointly presented a screening of "The House I Live In," a compelling documentary about America's War on Drugs, which was followed by a panel discussion with Melinda Shopsin, the film's producer; David Patton, the Executive Director and Attorney-in-Chief of the Federal Defender's of New York; and Nancy Hoppock, the Center's Executive Director.

2011-2012 Fourth Annual Major Conference: "New Frontiers in Race and Criminal Justice"

The Center's fourth annual major conference was held on April 17, 2012. Read more here.

Alternatives to Incarceration

On May 21, 2012, the Center, in partnership with the Federal Bar Council, hosted a program regarding incarceration alternatives. Panelists included James M. Cole, the Deputy Attorney General of the United States; United States Sentencing Commissioner Dabney Friedrich; the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill, United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut; the Center's Faculty Director, Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy Rachel E. Barkow; and First Assistant District Attorney, Kings County, New York, Ann J. Swern. The event was moderated by the Honorable John Gleeson, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Read Deputy Attorney General Cole's remarks.

Milbank Tweed Forum: Fraud, Bribery, Corruption: Are Corporate Cops Fighting a Losing Battle?

On April 4, 2012, the Center's Faculty Director, Professor Rachel E. Barkow, moderated a Milbank Tweed Forum, "Fraud, Bribery, Corruption: Are Corporate Cops Fighting a Losing Battle?" Panelists included Jennifer Arlen, Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, Kevin Davis, Beller Family Professor of Business Law at NYU School of Law, Harry First, Charles L. Denison Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, Geoffrey Miller, Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, Sara Moss ’74, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Estee Lauder Companies, Katherine Reimann ’82, Chief Compliance Officer, Citi and Citibank, Mara Trager ’98, Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York, Sanjay Wadhwa (LL.M. ’96), Associate Regional Director for Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Bruce Yannett ’85, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

2010-2011 Third Annual Major Conference: "Policing, Regulating, and Prosecuting Corruption" (co-hosted with the NYU Annual Survey of American Law Spring 2011 Symposium)

The Center's third annual major conference was held on Friday, March 25, 2011. It was co-hosted by the Center and the NYU Annual Survey of American Law Spring 2011 Symposium. The keynote speakers were Anne Milgram '96, the former Attorney General of the State of New Jersey and a senior fellow at the Center, and Neil M. Barofsky '95, at the time the Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program and now also a senior fellow at the Center. Read more information here; see video.

Conversations On Urban Crime

On November 24, 2014, at 5:00 p.m., the Center hosted NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton for a Conversation on Urban Crime in Greenberg Lounge. The Commissioner spoke about the use of new technology in policing, focused deterrence programs, and new approaches to curbing crime and improving safety in New York City.

On February 7, 2012, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., delivered a "Conversation on Urban Crime." See video here.

On October 25, 2010, the Center hosted a "Conversation on Urban Crime" with Cory A. Booker, Mayor of the City of Newark. See video here.

On November 18, 2010, at 5 p.m., the Center hosted a "Conversation on Urban Crime" with Raymond W. Kelly, Police Commissioner of the City of New York.

2009-2010 Second Annual Major Conference: "Allocating Prosecutorial Power: How Prosecutors Compete, Cooperate and Clash"

Patrick J. Fitzgerald delivered the keynote address. Read more. See the schedule. Watch video.

The Center's second annual major conference was held on April 23, 2010, and focused on inter-and intra-jurisdictional competition and cooperation among prosecutors. Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, delivered the keynote address. Read more here and see the schedule here. See video here.

Federal Sentencing at a Crossroads: A Call for Leadership

On May 24, 2010, the Center cosponsored a panel discussion, "Federal Sentencing at a Crossroads: A Call for Leadership." Read more about the event and see video here.

Public Address on White Collar Crime by Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

On November 19, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, delivered a Public Address on White Collar Crime. Read his prepared remarks, and read more about the event here.

New Perspectives on Brady and Other Disclosure Obligations: What Really Works?

The Center co-sponsored this conference, which was held at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on Sunday, November 15, 2009. Read more information here. Read papers generated out of the conference here.

Defending Detainees, the Constitution and the Rule of Law at Guantánamo: The Incredible Case of Mohammed Jawad

The Center co-sponsored this event on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

Paul Butler, "Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice -- Should Good People Be Prosecutors?"

On October 28, 2009, Professor Paul Butler of George Washington University Law School discussed his recent book, "Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice," in particular, the chapter entitled, "Should Good People Be Prosecutors?" This event was offered as a part of NYU School of Law's "The Forum." Read more and see video of this event here.

Read about the Center's 2008-2009 Inaugural Annual Conference, "Regulation By Prosecutors," here. Read about the book comprised of papers generated for the event, here.