Wrongful Convictions: Social Change conference discusses root causes and reforms

By Danielle Arbogast

On November 12, 2014, more than three hundred and forty guests gathered at the NYU Law Alumni Association’s Annual Fall Conference, cohosted by the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, to consider a pressing problem in the United States legal system: wrongful convictions. Law Alumni Association President Carren Shulman ’91, Dean Trevor Morrison, and Review of Law & Social Change Symposium Editor, Olivia Scheck ’15, introduced the distinguished panel of speakers: moderator Rachel E. Barkow, Jennifer E. Laurin, Ken Thompson ’92, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., Barry C. Scheck, and Peter J. Neufeld ’75.

“The Harbinger” Launches March 11th!

Coming soon: The Harbinger, an online publication from Social Change!

We are excited to announce that this spring, Social Change will launch an online-only, short form publication. The Harbinger will publish innovative content and legal scholarship that incorporate critical new perspectives and diverse voices. The Harbinger will reflect the core values of Social Change and complement our traditional publication by providing a flexible, responsive and dynamic platform.

Our emphasis is on work that is timely, approachable, and varied in format. Diversity in form is
intended to facilitate diversity in author perspective and in readership. Our condensed publication schedule and online presence allows authors engage in unfolding debates about the law and social issues. Practitioners, policymakers, students, and others are encouraged to take advantage of our emphasis on short-form pieces and range of content. Please see our submission policy for additional information.

We are currently soliciting pieces for publication and encourage submissions by December 20th for consideration for March publication. Mark your calendars for the evening of March 11th for our launch party and please feel free to contact the Digital Executive Editors with any questions.

Kim Taylor-Thompson

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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 in 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 2012, Taylor-Thompson received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award. 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 #1 global provider of customized executive education. She worked with Fortune 500 companies and governments and taught in numerous programs focusing on translating and executing strategy and leading in complex environments. Prior to joining NYU School of Law, Taylor-Thompson was an associate professor of law at Stanford, where she received the John Hurlburt Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Teaching Award. Before academia, Taylor-Thompson spent a decade at the D.C. Public Defender Service, ultimately serving as its director. She is a frequent moderator of Socratic dialogues. Taylor-Thompson received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Brown University.

Publication in RLSCMinority Rule: Redefining the Age of Criminality, 38 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 143 (2014).

Adam Saper

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Adam SaperAdam is originally from East Lansing, Michigan and has recently completed his tenure as an Article Selection Editor on the RLSC Board.  He first witnessed the atrocities of the juvenile justice system while volunteering as a tutor in after-school programs in New Orleans during college.  Adam returned to New Orleans during his first summer in law school to intern with Juvenile Regional Services (now the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights).  This work further exposed him to the myriad problems facing youth who are dragged into the criminal legal system.  At the same time, Adam found a mentor in JRS’s tireless executive director, Josh Perry (’07).  Returning to NYU, Adam sought out and continued to study with renowned juvenile defenders, and long-time clinical faculty, Mary Guggenheim and Randy Hertz.  These mentors, and more, provided both the inspiration and the academic grounding for Adam’s forthcoming publication, Juvenile Remorselessness: An unconstitutional sentencing consideration.  Adam is energized to pursue a career in public defense and is thrilled to be publishing with RLSC.

Publication in RLSC: Juvenile Remorselessness: An Unconstitutional Sentencing Consideration, 38 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 99 (2014).

Mae C. Quinn

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Professor Mae C. Quinn is an expert in criminal and juvenile justice system issues. Her past writing has explored a wide-range of important legal topics, including the modern problem-solving court movement, holistic criminal defense advocacy, public citizen lawyering, and applied feminist legal theory and history. She continues to research legal and ethical issues facing defense counsel, as well as the role of women lawyers in historic and contemporary legal movements. Her scholarship has been published widely in law reviews, and she is currently working on two books―one relating to feminist legal realism, the other focusing on the legacy of Judge Anna Moscowitz Kross. In addition to her scholarship and classroom teaching, Professor Quinn co-directs the school’s Civil Justice Clinic, where she developed a youth advocacy curriculum and supervises clinic students on juvenile delinquency and education law cases. The past recipient of awards recognizing excellence in teaching and professional achievement, she also previously received a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to assist in clinical legal education and juvenile justice efforts in Honduras. Before becoming a law professor, she clerked for the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; served as an associate counsel focusing on federal white-collar criminal cases with the New York City firm of Morvillo, Abramowitz; and represented hundreds of indigent criminal defendants as a public defender and appellate counsel, personally briefing and arguing approximately 40 reported criminal appeals.

Publication in RLSC: From Turkey Trot to Twitter: Policing Puberty, Purity, and Sex-Positivity, 38 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 51 (2014).



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