Criminal Law Initiative

The Criminal Law & Policy Initiative promotes academic inquiry, professional engagement, and scholarly research on cutting-edge criminal law and policy issues, and supports students interested in careers in criminal law and related areas.

The Criminal Law and Policy Initiative hosts many events throughout the year. Check back frequently for new events.
There are currently no events available.

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender Virtual Open House
Monday, September 27, 2021
5:15 pm

CLPI Defender Picnic
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
5 pm
Stockton Patio

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

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

Criminal Law 101
October 30 -  Noon

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

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

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

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

Five 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
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.

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
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
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.

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

Police 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.


Book Club

Sign up for the Criminal Law Society and Criminal Law and Policy Initiative Racial Justice Book Club. The first 25 people to sign up at the link below are guaranteed a free copy of “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, sponsored by Paul Hastings LLP.

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