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The Criminal Law & Policy Initiative is designed to illuminate career pathways in criminal law and policy for GW Law students and alumni and to promote academic inquiry, professional engagement, and scholarly research on cutting-edge criminal law issues.

 

The Criminal Law Initiative hosts many events throughout the year. Check back frequently for new events.

Race in America Lecture Series Race in America Lecture Series
February 24 -  5 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium
  Change Agents: The Role of Public Defenders and Prosecutors in Criminal Justice Reform
March 11 -  Noon
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
     

So You Want to Be a Public Defender?So, You Want to Be a Public Defender?
November 13 -  Noon

 

 

 

 

Pushed Out of School and Into Court FlyerPushed Out of School and Into Court: The Criminalization of Youth of Color
November 4 -  12:15 pm

 

 

 

 

Criminal Law 101Criminal Law 101
October 30 -  Noon
 

 

 

 

Prosecuting and Defending High Profile White Collar Criminal CasesProsecuting and Defending High-Profile White-Collar Criminal Cases
October 30 -  5 pm
 

 

 

 

So You Want to Be a Prosecutor?So, You Want to Be a Prosecutor?
October 23 -  Noon

 

 

 

 

Spring 2020 Course Advising SessionSpring 2020 Course Advising Session
October 16, 2019 - Noon
The Jacob Burns Moot Court Room

 

 

 

Due Process in the Face of DeathDue Process in the Face of Death
October 8, 2019 -  12:15 pm
The Jacob Burns Moot Court Room

 

 

 

Five Years After FergusonFive Years After Ferguson: What Does Police Reform Look like Today?
October 1, 2019 -  12:15 pm
The Jacob Burns Moot Court Room

 

 

 

The Emerging Nexus Between Sport, Race, and Social Justice Activism The Emerging Nexus Between Sport, Race, and Social Justice Activism
April 10, 2019 -  Noon
The Tasher Great Room

The Criminal Law Initiative held a panel discussion on the wave of social justice activism among professional and amateur athletes.

 

 

Cynthia Lee Diversity Speaker Series Poster Race, Officer-Involved Shootings, and the Law on Police Use of Deadly Force
March 20, 2019 -  4 pm
The Tasher Great Room

The SBA Affairs Branch Diversity Speaker Series hosted Professor Cynthia Lee who discussed model legislation she has proposed on police use of deadly force, currently under consideration in Maryland.

 

 

Public Defender as Civil Rights Lawyer Public Defender as Civil Rights Lawyer
March 20, 2019 -  12-1:30 pm
The Tasher Great Room

The Criminal Law Initiative, the Career Center, and the Criminal Law Society hosted Jon Rapping, JD '95, Founder and President of Gideon's Promise. 

 

 

Careers in Domestic Anti-Corruption Careers in Domestic Anti-Corruption
March 19, 2019 -  6:15-7:15 pm
The Michael K. Young Faculty Conference Center

The Criminal Law Initiative and the Anti-Corruption and Compliance Association held a panel discussion on various careers in the anti-corruption field.

 

 

Policing Through Technology Flyer Fall 2019 Course Advising Session
March 14, 2019 -  3-4 pm
Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom

The Criminal Law Initiative held a Fall 2019 course advising session with Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.

 

Policing Through Technology Flyer Policing Through Technology: Challenges and Opportunities for Litigation and Reform
March 13, 2019 - 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Lerner 302

 

 

 

PoliceKillingsPolice Killings of African Americans Town Hall Discussion
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 5 - 7 pm
Faculty Conference Center

The Criminal Law Initiative and the GW Black Law Students Association hosted a discussion on the killing of African Americans by police in recent years.

Public Defender PosterSo, You Want to Be a Public Defender?
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - Noon

The Criminal Law Initiative hosted Johanna Leshner, JD '02, for an information session on tips to becoming a public defender.

 

 

 

Righting Past Wrongs PosterRighting Past Wrongs: Seeking Justice for Blacks Ensnared by the War on Drugs in the Deep South
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 12:30-1:30 pm

The Criminal Law Initiative hosted Atteeyah Hollie, Senior Attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights.

 

 

 

Prosecutor PosterSo, You Want to Be a Prosecutor?
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - Noon

The Criminal Law Initiative as they host Matthew J. Brief, former Asst. District Attorney in Manhattan and former Trial Attorney in the Organized Crime Section for the Department of Justice in the Eastern District of New York Strike Force, JD '80. Mr. Brief discussed tips to becoming a prosecutor.

 

 

Gideon's Promise Flyer

Gideon's Promise Summer and Post-Graduate Fellowships Information Session
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - Noon - 1 pm

Gideon's Promise is the nation's primary organization focused on transforming the culture of indigent defense. Founded in 2007 by GW Law alum Jon Rapping, Gideon's Promise provides training and mentorship to support public defenders and fosters collaboration in the collective movement for criminal and social justice reform. At this session, meet Executive Director Ilham Askia and learn about summer law clerk opportunities and post-graduate positions through the Law School Partnership Program.

So you want to be a Federal Public Defender? Public Defender As Civil Rights Lawyer
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - Noon

The GW Criminal Law Initiative hosted Jonathan Rapping, JD '95, Founder and President of Gideon's Promise.

 

 

 

So you want to be a Federal Public Defender?So, You Want to Be a Federal Public Defender?
To be rescheduled.

Join the GW Criminal Law Initiative as they host A.J. Kramer, Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia, to discuss the Federal Public Defender career track.

 

 

Fall 2018 Course Advising SessionFall 2018 Course Advising Session
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5 - 6 pm

Dean Fairfax answered questions about the Criminal Law curriculum and curricular pathways for those interested in Criminal Law careers.

 

 

Emerging Issues In FCPA Enforcement

Emerging Issues In FCPA Enforcement
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 8 am - 4 pm

The one-day CLE conference addressed cutting-edge FCPA issues, including the emerging legal issues in multi-jurisdictional enforcement actions, improving efficiency and cutting costs in internal investigations, qualifying for benefits under the new DOJ corporate enforcement policy, and working effectively with forensic accountants. It also included an hour on an ethics topic: Challenges maintaining attorney-client privilege in anti-corruption enforcement actions.

The Rise of Plea Bargains and Decline of the Right to Trial
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - Noon - 2 pm

The American Constitution Society and National Bar Association examined the extent to which the ubiquity of plea bargains may exacerbate disparate outcomes for people of color, increase the imbalance in power between prosecutors and defendants, affect criminal discovery obligations, risk wrongful convictions, and even contribute to our mass incarceration crisis. 

So, you want to be a Federal Prosecutor?So, you want to be a Federal Prosecutor?
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Noon - 1 pm

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The GW Criminal Law Initiative hosted Robert Livermore, JD '98, award-winning Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennylvania, to discuss the Federal Prosecutor career track.

 

Public Corruption Law in the Post-McDonnell EraPublic Corruption Law in the Post-McDonnell Era
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Noon - 1 pm

The GW Anti-Corruption and Compliance Association (ACCA) hosted a panel that debated the merits of the McDonnell case from a legal and public policy perspective. 

Human Rights, Criminal Justice, and the Death PenaltyHuman Rights, Criminal Justice, and the Death Penalty
Tuesday, November 14 - 1:30 pm

The Criminal Law Initiative, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and the Southern Center for Human Rights hosted a conversation with Billy Neal Moore and Stephen Bright.

 

 

13th Event FlyerFilm Screening & Discussion: 13th
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6 - 8:30 pm

The Criminal Law Initiative and GW's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosted a film screening of the acclaimed documentary 13th. Students participate in a post-film discussion, moderated by Senior Associate Dean Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.

 

 

The Challenge of Crime in a Free SocietyLaw Review Symposium 2017 | The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society: 50 Years Later
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 4 - 6 pm
Friday, October 27, 2017, 8 am - 6:30 pm

The George Washington Law Review, along with co-sponsor Roger A. Fairfax, Jr., Jeffrey and Martha Kohn Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research Professor of Law, held its Fall 2017 Symposium, The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society: ­50 Years Later.

End of Its Rope End of Its Rope: How Killing the Death Penalty Can Revive Criminal Justice
Thursday, October 26, 2017, Noon

Join the Criminal Law Initiative, the Criminal Law Society, and the American Constitution Society as they host University of Virginia School of Law Professor Brandon L. Garrett to discuss his new book End of Its Rope: How Killing the Death Penalty Can Revive Criminal Justice.

 

 

So You Want to Be a Prosecutor?So You Want to Be a Public Defender?
Wednesday, October 25 - Noon

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The Criminal Law Initiative hosted GW Law alumna Johanna Leshner, JD '02. Ms. Leshner shared the secrets of how to apply for internships and permanent positions, how to ace the interview, and what 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls can do now to prepare themselves to be competitive for the public defender job search.

War on Kids The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6 pm

The Criminal Law Initiative, Street Law, and the GW Black Law Students Association hosted Cara H. Drinan, Visiting Professor and author of the recent book The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way.

 

 

So You Want to Be a Prosecutor?So You Want to Be a Prosecutor?
Wednesday, October 11 - Noon

The Criminal Law Initiative hosted GW Law (and Manhattan District Attorney’s Office) alumnus Matt Brief, JD '80. Mr. Brief shared the secrets of how to apply for internships and permanent positions, how to ace the interview, and what 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls can do now to prepare themselves to be competitive for the prosecutor job search.

Leadership

 

 

Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.

Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.

Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law
Founding Director, Criminal Law & Policy Initiative

 

 

Fellows

 

What We're Reading

 

The Rise of Big Data Policing and Charged

 

Chokehold and Homeward

 

Just Mercy and Locked In

 

Locking Up Our Own & Policing the Black Man

 

 

Punishment Without Crime and Rectify

 

Rectify and The End of Policing

 

The Fire This Time and The Meaning of Life

 

The New Criminal Justice System and The New Jim Crow