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Projects

Criminal Justice Ethics Programs

September 13, 2016
A Conversation with Dean Strang on Making a Murderer

The Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics and Executive Director Ellen Yaroshefsky, the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics, hosted “A Conversation on Making a Murderer” with attorney Dean Strang, one of the lawyers for Steven Avery, whose case was featured in the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer.

Louisiana Justice Project
Spring Break 2016

Six students worked in partnership with the MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans on more than 70 habeas corpus petitions for indigent pretrial detainees who had no counsel.

Essay by David Kline ’16 (PDF)

Winter Break 2016-17

Four students will spend winter break in selected parishes in Louisiana to assist criminal justice expert witnesses in gathering data about the failures of Louisiana’s criminal justice system.

The students’ work is for a case challenging the significant lack of funding statewide for indigent defense in Louisiana that results in pervasive deprivation of the right to counsel for the vast majority of defendants.

The suit will be brought in early 2017 by the law firms Davis Polk and Jones Walker in conjunction with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Scholarly Roundtables
Northeast Ethics Scholars Roundtables

Periodic gathering of ethics scholars and practitioners from the Northeast, with presentations from scholars drawn from national and international law schools

Next roundtable: To be announced

Forensic Science Roundtable

In conjunction with the American Bar Association, a gathering of scientists, lawyers and judges to discuss a range of ethical issues in the use of forensic science in courts. A report will be produced with recommended standards.

Next roundtable: December 16, 2016

Criminal Justice Ethics Schmooze

Hofstra Law sponsors a yearly gathering of junior and senior criminal justice ethics scholars from around the country for a two-day program to discuss works in progress.

These roundtables are co-sponsored by Fordham, Cardozo and New York Law Schools.

Next schmooze: To be announced

Legal Community Programs

Continuing Legal Education Presentations
By Ellen Yaroshefsky, the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and the Executive Director of the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics:

Upcoming Programs

To be announced

Past Programs

  • December 2016
    • “New ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct against Harassment and Discrimination: Understanding the Rule in Detail,” Practicing Law Institute
  • October 2016
    • “What’s in a name? Or a Number?: Attorney Advertising and Ratings,” New York State Bar Association
    • “Medical Marijuana in New York,” New York State Bar Association
    • “Wearing Two Hats as a Neutral and an Attorney,” NYS Bar Association Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference
Student Fellowships
Spring Break 2016

Six students worked in partnership with the MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans on more than 70 habeas corpus petitions for indigent pretrial detainees who had no counsel.

Essay by David Kline ’16 (PDF)

Winter Break 2016-17

Four students will spend winter break in selected parishes in Louisiana to assist criminal justice expert witnesses in gathering data about the failures of Louisiana’s criminal justice system.

The students’ work is for a case challenging the significant lack of funding statewide for indigent defense in Louisiana that results in pervasive deprivation of the right to counsel for the vast majority of defendants.

The suit will be brought in early, 2017 by the law firms Davis Polk and Jones Walker in conjunction with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Southern Poverty Law Center.