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Criminal Justice Institute

The Pace Criminal Justice Institute generates educational opportunities for Pace Law students and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars, policymakers and practitioners in and outside the Pace community. The Pace Criminal Justice Institute provides an environment that supports and encourages creative research, teaching, and discussion concerning the theory and practice of Criminal Law through symposia, colloquia and conferences. The Institute will provide a forum in which community members can become involved in criminal justice discussions, and will make legal resources available for those interested in advancing criminal law reforms and promoting the fair and ethical prosecution of criminal defendants.

We invite you to become part of our online forum, Pace Criminal Justice Blog, where you can join our discussions of important current issues in criminal law and procedure, or learn about our upcoming programs, recent decisions, legislative initiatives, and policy changes. 

Upcoming Event

On November 5, 2015, at 5:15 p.m., the CJI will hold its annual Networking Cocktail Reception in the Student Lounge, Preston Hall, Pace Law School. Click for more information.

Past Events

The Pace Criminal Justice Institute hosted an event titled Representing the Young Adult: Science, Practice, and Ethics on October 15, 2015 at 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Pace Law School Moot Court Room. This also a CLE opportunity explored the steps in handling a young adult case in the family and criminal courts, sentencing alternatives, relevant Supreme Court case law, the science of the teenage brain, and ethical and practical issues invovled in representing young adults. 

On February 3, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. Pace Law School held a showing of the HBO documentary The Newburgh Sting, presented by the director, David Heilbroner, which was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. The screening was followed-up by a discussion with the director and the attorneys involved in the case. Read the Review by a Law Student.

The Pace Criminal Justice Society and the Alumni Relations office held a symposium on Know Your Rights on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 4:30-5:30 PM in the Preston Hall Tudor Room, Pace Law School, White Plains, NY. The Pace Criminal Justice Clinic students under the leadership of Prof. David Dorfman explored appropriate citizen responses to police car stops, street stops, cell phone searches, and more. Read the summary of the event written by Danielle Petretta (J.D. candidate '17). 

Immediately following the Know Your Rights event, also on November 18, 2014, the Pace Criminal Justice Institute, the Criminal Justice Society, and the Alumni Relations office held their Annual Criminal Practice Networking Reception from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Student Lounge where attendees learned about the resources of the Criminal Justice Institute, met with other criminal practitioners, and visited with students interested in pursuing a career in criminal practice.

SCOTUS decision regarding cell phone searches
Professor Bennett Gershman and A.D.A. Thomas Kapp
July 1, 2014 (full discussion available in CLE archives)

Pace Criminal Justice Institute co-sponsored a CLE on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm titled Cell Phone Searches after Riley: Investigative and Evidentiary, in the Law Library Moot Court Room, at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY. A panel of professionals including Prof. B. Gershman and A.D.A. Thomas Kapp deliverd an exciting discussion. 


Faculty Contributions

Prof. Bennett Gershman blogs in the Huffington Post - Receive updates from Prof. Gershman's Huffington Post blog via email or subsribe via RSS feed.

Lissa Griffin, More on Grand Juries and the US Justice SystemPace Criminal Justice Blog (Dec. 9, 2014) (featuring video of HuffPost live interview with Professors Lissa Griffin and Roger Fairfax moderated by Josh Zepps). 

Pace Law Faculty Publications: Criminal Justice and Criminal Law Experts

Pace Law School Newswire: The Criminal Law Experts