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Practicing What We Preach

Our faculty members are theoreticians, prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges, and policy makers. They have published influential papers and books on a wide range of criminal law topics, and our students are fortunate to have the opportunities to work with them on this research. The faculty also play an important role in shaping public policy, chairing national, regional, and local bar committees, and leading influential organizations. They are also deeply involved with bar association committees and sit on presidential panels and task-forces, and  bring a profound understanding and knowledge of criminal law practice to the classroom.

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Miriam Baer focuses her scholarship on private and public efforts to restrain undesirable behavior in corporate settings. Previously, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she handled white collar criminal prosecutions.

Ursula Bentele is an expert and author on death penalty issues who has handled numerous capital cases in post-conviction proceedings. The author of Capital Case Sentencing: How to Protect Your Client, she participated in a National Science Foundation project, analyzing the interviews of over 1,000 jurors who participated in death penalty cases.

Michael Cahill directed the Illinois Criminal Code Rewrite and Reform Commission, and was a consultant for the penal code reform in Kentucky. He is co-author of the book Law Without Justice: Why Criminal Law Doesn’t Give People What They Deserve.

Stacy Caplow is the Director of the Law School's Clinical Education Program and a recognized leader in the field. Earlier in her career, Caplow served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division in the Eastern District of New York, Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau in the Kings County District Attorney's Office, and was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society.

Susan N. Herman is a widely regarded expert on the Supreme Court, particularly in the area of criminal procedure. Among her many professional activities, she serves as President of the American Civil Liberties Union. Professor Herman teaches a seminar on Terrorism and Civil Liberties and has written and presented extensively on this topic.

Robert Pitler is an expert in criminal law, procedure and evidence. His article on New York State search and seizure constitutionalism is the authoritative source on the subject. He served for many years as Counsel to the New York County District Attorney and Chief of the Investigations Division and Appeals Bureau in that office.

Lisa Smith served for many years as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes and Child Abuse in the Kings County District Attorney's Office. She heads several bar association committees dealing with criminal justice, and serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence and the Independent Judicial Screening Panel for the Second District. Smith regularly appears on Court TV as a commentator on high-profile cases, and is frequently cited in the news media.