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Professor of Law, Russell Baker Scholar and Acting Director, Center for Studies of Criminal Justice, University of Chicago; Member, Illinois Bar. A.B., Harvard University, 1962; LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1965.

Alec Karakatsanis graduated from Yale College in 2005 and Harvard Law School in 2008, where he remains a Post-Graduate Research Fellow. He is currently a public defender in Alabama.

Alexandra Kalev, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Tel Aviv University, Ph.D. in Sociology, Princeton University, 2006

Alicia Ybarra is the Organizing and Campaign Liason of the Workfare and Low-Wage Workforce Project at the National Employment Law Project. She joined NELP in1997 after serving as an Assistant Director of the Political Action Department at Local 1199 of

Alyssa Bell currently serves as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Richard Paez, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law in May 2010, where she was

Senior Research Associate with the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, the State University of New York, Albany; former Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

N.Y.U. School of Law, J.D. 2009; Trial Attorney at the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

Amy Sugimori, N.Y.U. School of Law, 1999, was an Editor-in-Chief of the N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change in 1998-99. She is currently the Executive Director of La Fuente, A Tri-State Worker & Community Fund, Inc., a labor-community collaborative

Associate Professor of Law, Columbia University. B.A., College of the City of New York, 1968; M.A., Columbia University, 1969; J.D., Harvard University, 1972.

Anthony Thompson is a Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law whose work focuses on criminal law and civil litigation. He and Professor Bell have been friends and colleagues for a number ofyears. Thompson has written

Director, Political Asylum Project of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, New York City; member, State Bar of New York. A.B., Columbia University, 1971; J.D., New York University, 1976.

Professor McFarlane has an A.B. from Harvard-Radcliffe and a J.D. from Stanford Law School where she was a member of the Stanford Law Review. She joined the University of Baltimore School of Law faculty after clerking for the Hon. A.

Professor of Law, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law. B.A.. 1963. Trinity College; LL.B., 1967, University of Connecticut Law School; LL.M.. 1969. New York University School of Law.

Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Pediatrics, Brown University Program in Medicine. B.A., 1969; Boston University, M.A. 1970; Ph.D., 1973, Michigan State University. Research Grants: NIH -1 U10 HD27904-01 (Multicenter Network of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (Apr. 1991

Chief Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia; President, National Legal Aid and Defender Association; former Deputy Attorney General and Chief, Office of CriminalLaw, Pennsylvania Department of Justice.

Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin is currently Senior Counsel to Alston & Bird and Chair of the New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts. A judge for thirty years, she was the first woman Deputy Chief Administrative Judge

J.D. 2017, New York University School of Law. A special thank you to the editorial staff of the N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Changeand particularly to Molly A Griffard, Charlotte G.L. Heyrman, Bobby Hunter, Joanna R. Loomis, and Nora

Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties, New York University School of Law; National Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union (1981-1986); founding Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU.

Professor of Law & Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar, Rutgers University School of Law (Newark).

Caroline Fredrickson is President of the American Constitution Society (ACS). During her tenure, Fredrickson has helped grow ACS, which now has lawyer chapters across the country, student chapters in nearly every law school in the United States, and thousands of

Professor of Law, UCLA; Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center, 1994; A.B. Barnard College, 1971; J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1974.

J.D. Candidate, Northern Illinois University College of Law, December, 2010;M.S., Northern Illinois University; B.S., Benedictine University.

Professor, University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law. B.A., Oberlin College; J.D., New York University School of Law. Managing Editor, N.Y.U Review of Law & Social Change (1986-87).

Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center (on leave). Government ethics rules preclude me from doing much more than editing the transcript of the speech I delivered at this symposium. For that reason, this speech

Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Partner, Jessamy Fort & Ogletree; former Deputy Director, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. B.A., 1974, MA., 1975, Stanford University; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1978.

Clinical Law Professor, Criminal Law Clinic, New York University School of Law. A.B., Emory University, 1965; J.D., New York Law School, 1968.

Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Author, GOOD COPS: THE CASE FOR PREVENTIVE POLICING (2005) and PROFILES IN INJUSTICE: WHY RACIAL PROFILING CANNOT WORK (2002).

David AJ. Richards is a professor at New York University School of Law. Professor Richards received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1970 from Oxford University.

Manhattan Borough President. B.A., Howard University 1950; J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1956.

Law clerk, The Honorable Leonard B. Sand, Southern District of New York; J.D. ,1996, New York University; A.B., 1989, Harvard University.

Law clerk to the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; J.D. 1996, New York University School of Law.

J.D., The George Washington University; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; B.A., University of Pennsylvania. This article benefited substantially from faculty presentations at the University of New Mexico School of Law, Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, and Seattle

Director of the Keck Center on Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession, Professor of Law, Stanford University. B.A., 1974, Yale University; J.D., 1977, Yale University.

Ms. Rothberg was co-editor of the Symposium entitled “Sex, Politics, and the Law: Lesbians & Gay Men Take the Offensive,” held at New York University School of Law on February 22, 1986. She is an associate at Sage, Gray, Todd

Director of Research, New York State Defenders Association. Ph.D. candidate, StateUniversity of New York at Albany. B.A., State University of New York at Utica, 1979; M.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1980.

National Staff Counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, and author of Federal Court Awards of Attorney’s Fees (1981).  

Associate, Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP. J.D., New York University School of Law,2008. B.A., Barnard College, 2004. Since November 2008, the author has served as aCommunity Service Fellow at the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society, where she represents

Lecturer in Law and S.J.D. candidate, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Erika Wilson serves as the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy and associate professor of law at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research and teaching interests include clinical legal education, education law and policy, specifically obtaining educational equality for disadvantaged

Ezra Rosser joined the Washington College of Law faculty in 2006. He has taught Property, Federal Indian Law, Poverty Law, Land Use, and Housing Law. Previously he served as a visiting professor at Ritsumeiken University, a 1665 Fellow at Harvard

Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. J.D., Yale Law School; Ph.D.,Harvard University.

Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, Ph.D. in Sociology, Stanford University, 1987.

B.A., Princeton University, 1977;  J.D., New York University School of Law, 1994.Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell University School of Law, Spring 1996.

Professor of Law and Associate Dean, University of California School of Law, Davis. B.A., Indiana University, 1961; J.D., Indiana University Law School, 1965. The author is a former Chief Assistant State Public Defender, State of California.

Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1933; A.M., Harvard University, 1934; J.D., Detroit College of Law,1949.

Assistant Professor of Psychology, City University of New York Graduate Center.B.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1977; Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1983. Dr. Herek is Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Lesbian and Gay Concerns.

Professor of Law, Columbia University. A.B., 1951 Harvard University; LLB., 1953 Yale Law School. Served as Assistant District Attorney, New York County, from 1954 to 1968.

University of Washington School of Law, J.D. Class of 2012. B.A., Yale University, 2004.

A 2009 graduate of the Yale Law School, Ilana Gelfman is currently working as a Skadden Fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services.

Law Clerk, Hon. Ronnie Abrams, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Associate Professor, The American University, School of Justice; Senior Fellow, The Police Foundation. B.S. 1971, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of NewYork; M.A. 1972, Ph.D. 1978, State University of New York at Albany. The Police Foundation was

Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law. BA., 1968, U.C.L.A.; Graduate, 1973, Boston Family Institute; J.D., 1983, Yale Law School.

Janet Benshoof is the President and Founder of the Global Justice Center and the founder and former president of the Center for Reproductive Rights. She has established landmark domestic and international legal precedents on women’s reproductive and equality rights, the

Winner of the Leonard M. Henkin Prize, awarded annually at New York University School ofLaw for the article of distinction on the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Jennifer Davidson received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2018, and her A.B. from Dartmouth College in 2015.

Crawford Greene Fellow, Employment Law Center, San Francisco, California; J.D.Harvard Law School, 1995; B.A., Yale University, 1989.

Jessica Neuwirth is founder and co-President of the ERA Coalitionand author of Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is Now. She directs the Roosevelt House Human Rights Program at Hunter College.

Assistant Director, Literature Program, New York State Council on the Arts. Ms. Gomez is an author and critic; her fiction has appeared in Worlds Apart, Ikon, and The American Voice, and she has published two collections of poetry, The Lipstick

Director, State Appellate Defenders, Michigan. President-Elect, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association; Vice President, National Defenders Institute Member, ABA Stand-ing Committee for Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1966; J.D., University of Michigan, 1969.

Jocelyn Simonson is Co-Director of the Harvard Law School Summer Theory Institute and a criminal defense attorney with The Bronx Defenders, Inc.

Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. B.A., Columbia University, 1970; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1982. Author of Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940-1970 (1983).  

Professor of Law, University of Groningen School of Law. B.A., 1962, University of California(Berkeley); LL.B., 1965, Yale Law School. Former Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.

Associate, Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, Washington, D.C. B.A., University of California, 1977; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1982.

Executive Director, New York State Defenders Association. B.A., Knox College, 1969; J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1973.

B.A., 1992, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., 1995, New York University; Law Clerk,United States District Court Judge Bruce M. Van Sickle, District of North Dakota.

Distinguished Professor of Law, Wayne State University School of Law; Reporter, Michigan Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure; former Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Julie Dona is a law clerk at Allen & Overy, LLP. In2011, she received a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of

Kaitlyn received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, and currently works at Arnold & Porter, LLP, in New York City.

Karen Kithan Yau is an associate at the law firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C.. She practices in the area of employment law, representing employees indiscrimination and wage and hour matters. Ms. Yau was a Skadden Fellow and

Instructor, Brooklyn Law School, 1986-87, Coordinator Legal Writing Program, New York University School of Law, 1985-86; A.B., 1975, Stanford University; J.D., Columbia University, 1980.

Associate Professor, Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University. B.A., Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, 1969; J.D., University of Virginia, 1972; M.A., University of Virginia, 1975.

Partner, Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, Washington, D.C. B.A., University of Massachusetts, 1967; J.D., New York University School of Law, 1970. The author was appointed by Chief Judge Jack B. Weinstein as Special Settlement Master in the Agent Orange

Professor Lan Cao is the Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law (JD Yale Law School, BA Mount Holyoke College).

Associate Professor, Georgetown University Law Center. J.D., Boalt Hall School ofLaw, University of California, 1975; B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara, 1972.

Member, Oregon Bar. B.A., 1966, State University Of New York at Binghamton; M.S.W., 1968, University of Michigan School of Social work; J.D.. 1975, Lewis and Clark Law School. Deputy County Counsel, Multnomah County, Oregon.

Mr. Shadburn is a Program Officer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Although based in New York, Mr. Shadburn manages LISC’s Pittsburgh, Southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia programs.

Lenora Lapidus was the Director of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. She litigated gender discrimination cases in courts throughout the country and before international human rights bodies, engaged in public policy advocacy, and spoke on

Professor of Law, New York University. B.A., University of Michigan, 1965; J.D., University of Michigan, 1968.

Associate with Mundt, MacGregor, Happel, Falconer, Zulauf & Hall in Seattle, Washington. B.A. in English and Education, Washington State University, 1980; J.D., Harvard University, 1983.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto; Special Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. B.A., 1985, McGill University; M.A., 1986, University of Exeter; LL.B., 1992, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; Ph.D., 1993, University of Toronto; LL.M.,

Lynn M. Paltrow is the Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates forPregnant Women (NAPW). Ms. Paltrow is a graduate of Cornell University’s School ofIndustrial and Labor Relations and New York University (NYU) School of Law. During her career, she

Madeleine Gyory, StaffAttorney, New York City Commissionon Human Rights.New York University School of Law, J.D. 2017; Barnard College, B.A. 2010.

Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley; Chairman, Center for the Study of Law and Society. B.A., Austin College, 1969; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1967; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1969.

Marc Cohan is the Director of Litigation at the Welfare Law Center, which advocates on behalf of low-income people to ensure that adequate income support is available to meet basic needs. The Center’s program is concentrated in two areas: Project

Dr. Marty Beyer holds a Ph.D. in clinical and community psychology. In addition to working with children and families and providing clinical supervision in public and private agencies, she has served as an expert in class action litigation and as

Vice President, Conflict Management Resources, Inc.; Former Director, PINS Mediation Project of The Children’s Aid Society. B.A., 1966, Smith College; J.D., 1972, New York University School of Law.

B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1968; J.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1971. Member, California Bar. Ms. Dunlap is a founder of the San Francisco-based EqualRights Advocates Inc., a feminist public interest law firm, and is a partner in the San Francisco firm

B.A., 1976, Rutgers University; M.A., 1980, Montclair State College; M.A., 1982 and Ph.D., 1984, Adelphi University. The author is a supervising psychologist at University Behavioral Healthcare in Newark, New Jersey. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of

Meg Barnette is a Skadden Fellow working as a staff attorney at the Lawyers Alliance for New York, the primary source of free and low-cost corporate, tax and real estate legal services available to not-for-profit and community development organizations in

Attorney, Vera Institute of Justice, Plan Demonstration Projects, New York. JD., 1987, City University of New York Law School at Queens College.

General Counsel, American Arbitration Association. B.S., Columbia University, 1956; J.D., Columbia University, 1958.

Professor of Law and Urban Planning, New York University and Director, New York University School of Law Center For Real Estate and Urban Policy.

At the time of the Colloquium, Michael McConville was the Walter Meyer Research Professor, New York University School of Law. Along with Professor Chester Mirsky, he conducted a year-long study of criminal defense systems for the indigent in New York

Michéle Alexandre was Colgate University’s first black valedictorian (majoring in English and French, with background in philosophy). She earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, she clerked for U.S. District Court Judge John P.

Professor, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. B.A., Brooklyn College, 1968; Ph.D., Yale University, 1976.

"Too often, even 28 years after the NYU clinic’s founding, parents and their lawyers are painted as people who are not focused on the child’s safety. This could not be further from the truth. Parents are the people who most

Staff attorney, New York City Commission on Human Rights AIDS Discrimination Unit. B.S., Cornell University, 1975; J.D., Rutgers Law School -Newark, 1981.

Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, LLP. J.D., Harvard Law School,2008. A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 2003.

Visiting Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic. J.D., University of California Berkeley School of Law. See Monika Batra, Organizing in the South Asian Domestic Worker Community: Pushing the Boundaries of the Law and

Georgetown University Law Center and American University Washington College of Law. B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1972; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1975; M.A., The George Washington University, 1980.

Senior Attorney, Legal Services of New Jersey; Conference Coordinator for Helping Families in Crisis: The Intersection of Law and Psychology.

Nicolas is a graduate of the University of Chicago and New York University School of Law. He recently completed a fellowship with the Center for Appellate Litigation, where he advocated on behalf of indigent clients appealing criminal convictions. He will

Nicole A. Ozer is the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC), where she developed the organization’s Demand Your dotRights online privacy campaign. To learn more about her work and the campaign, please visit

Nisha Agarwal is Co-Director of the Harvard Law School Summer Theory Institute and the Director of the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the PublicInterest.

Professor of Law, Hofstra Law School; Senior Research Scholar and Visiting Professor, Yale Law School.

Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law; Chairperson-elect, ABA Criminal Justice Section; former Assistant United States Attorney; former Director, District of Columbia Public Defender Service. L.L.B., University of Illinois, 1961; L.LM., Georgetown University, 1964.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law; former Staff Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. B.A., Carleton College, 1976; J.D., Stanford Law School, 1979.

Associate Professor, City University of New York Law School at Queens College; Secretary, ABA Criminal Justice Section, 1985-86. B.A., De Pauw University, 1965; J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1972.

Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles. B.A., Harvard College, 1962; LL.B., Columbia Law School, 1965; Ph.D., University of London, 1974.

Robin Bronen is a human rights attorney and the Director of the Alaska ImmigrationJustice Project. She has been doing research on the community relocations occurring in Alaska since 2006.

Assistant Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Ph.D. (Cultural Psychology), University of Chicago, 1990; J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1993.

Special Counsel to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Member of New York Bar; Co-Chair, Committee on Death Penalty of American Bar Association’s Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities; Member, Legal Assistance Committee of Association of the Bar of the

Associate Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law (St. Louis). A.B., Williams College, 1973; J.D., New York University School of Law, 1977. The author contributed to the petitioner’s brief on the merits in Marek v. Chesny.

Professor of Law and University Distinguished Professor, City University of NewYork (CUNY) School of Law.

Associate Professor of Law and Director of Research Civitas ChildLaw Center,Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Samantha is a J.D. Candidate for 2020 at NYU School of Law, and got her B.A. in 2014 from the University of Pennsylvania. Samantha is committed to defending civil rights and civil liberties, with a particular emphasis on voting rights

J.D., 2010, New York University School of Law; B.A., 2004, Duke University. 2010-11 Sinsheimer Children’s Rights Fellow, Partnership for Children’s Rights.

Shanta Trivedi is a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the University of Baltimore Bronfein Family Law Clinic.

Sherry Leiwant is a senior staff attorney at the National Organization for WomenLegal Defense and Education Fund (NOW LDEF), working on issues related to women’spoverty, sexual harassment and reproductive rights. Prior to joining NOW LDEF in 1996, Ms. Leiwant worked

Staff Attorney, Seattle-King County Public Defender Association. B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1976; J.D., University of Southern California Law Center, 1984.

Associate Professor of Law, City University of New York Law School. B.A., Macalester College, 1968; J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1972; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1976.

Soohan Kim, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Korea University, Ph.D. in Sociology, Harvard University, 2011

Councilman Stephen DiBrienza was first elected to the City Council of the City of New York in 1985. He currently represents the 39th District. In January 1994, he was elected Chair of the General Welfare Committee of the City Council,

B.A., Harvard College, 1972; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1976; M.F.A., University of New Orleans, 1984.

"No, I’m not a plumber. I am a recently retired State Representative from Illinois. My role in the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”) as a state representative, however, is very much akin to that of a plumber."

Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami, B.A., Yeshiva College, 1974; J.D.,Columbia University, 1977. As an assistant-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., the author represented Mr. Garner before the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts.

Associate Professor, University of San Francisco Law School. B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1967; J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1972.

Managing Attorney, Women’s Law Project. Following her graduation from N.Y.U. School of Law in 1978, Terry worked at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia until1991, when she moved to California and worked for the National Health Law Program. Following her return

A.B. 1941, M.D., 1944, University of Cincinnati. Professor of Psychiatry. State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse. New York.

Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law (1995-present); University of California, Irvine School of Law (2008-present).

Viviana is a Law Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. She received her  J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2017 and her B.A. from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2014.

Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund. B.A., Oklahoma State University, 1970; J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law, 1973.

Assistant Professor, University of Delaware. Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2009; J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1999. 1 am grateful for the fine research assistance of Jeremy Maerling. This piece also benefited from the thoughtful comments I received at the 2011 Southern

Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School; former Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Appeals Bureau, Legal Aid Society of New York. B.A., Brooklyn College, 1959; J.D., Harvard LawSchool, 1962.