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The Next 50: Looking To the Future of Criminal Justice Ethics

The Next 50: Looking To the Future of Criminal Justice Ethics

Monday, November 16 | 6-8 p.m. ET | Held via Zoom

The need for change in state and federal criminal justice systems is a front burner issue across the county. Prosecutors' charging decisions, requests for bail, sentencing recommendations, racial disparity, funding for defenders, and duty to address wrongful convictions, are among the myriad of concerns. Some of these issues are reflected in ethics rules about the conduct of prosecutors and defenders, but the ethics rules are limited. What should criminal justice ethics reformers do to promote to greater fairness in our systems? 

Join us for an engaging discussion among the country's most knowledgeable criminal justice reformers and ethicists.

This event is free, open to the public, and will be held via Zoom.

RSVP is required.

Angela J. Davis
Distinguished Professor of Law
American University Washington College of Law

Angela J. Davis is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. She previously served as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as a staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults. She also served as executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition and is a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman, the former Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals. Professor Davis is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor (Oxford University Press 2007), has co-edited numerous books, and has published articles in the Michigan, Iowa, Fordham and Hofstra Law Reviews.

Professor Davis is a member of the board of trustees of the Frederick Douglas Jordan Scholarship Board, the Southern Center for Human Rights, and the Sentencing Project. She was a reporter for the ABA Justice Kennedy Commission and a member of the ABA Commission for Effective Criminal Sanctions. She also served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Vera Institute of Justice Prosecution and Racial Justice Program. Professor Davis teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Defense: Theory and Practice.


April Frazier Camara
Director of Defender Legal Services Initiatives
National Legal Aid & Defender Association

April Frazier Camara is the Director of Defender Legal Services Initiatives, which advances NLADA’s goals and priorities through strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing public defense. For the last eight years, April worked as a public defender with the Public Defender Service for D.C. as a Reentry Coordinator, and most recently as the Special Assistant in the Juvenile Defender Unit at the Law Office of the Shelby County Public Defender where she was responsible for implementing Department of Justice reforms and helping to build the first ever holistic and team-based juvenile defense practice in Shelby County that employed both social workers and attorneys. She also has experience working on national reentry policy reform at the American Bar Association in D.C. and Legal Action Center in NY. She received a B.A. from Tennessee State University and a J.D. from Howard University.


Bruce A. Green
Louis Stein Chair
Director, Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics

Bruce A. Green is the Louis Stein Chair at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. He teaches and writes primarily in the areas of legal ethics and criminal law, and is involved in various bar association activities. Currently, Professor Green chairs the ABA Criminal Justice Standards Committee and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination drafting committee, and is a member and past chair of the NY State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics. He previously chaired the NYC Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics and the ABA Criminal Justice Section, served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, was the Reporter to both the ABA Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege and the ABA Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice, and co-chaired the ethics committee of the ABA Litigation Section and Criminal Justice Section. Previously, Professor Green was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief Appellate Attorney, and he was a judicial law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall and Circuit Judge James L. Oakes. In May 2018, Professor Green received the Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award, given by the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.


Abbe Smith
Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law Director, Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic Co-Director, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program, Georgetown University Law Center

Abbe Smith is Director of the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, Co Director of the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program, and the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Professor Smith was Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Clinical Instructor, and Lecturer at Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Smith teaches and writes on criminal defense, juvenile justice, legal ethics, and clinical legal education. Professor Smith began her legal career at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she was an Assistant Defender, member of the Special Defense Unit, and Senior Trial Attorney from 1982 to 1990. She continues to be actively engaged in indigent criminal defense as both a clinical supervisor and member of the Criminal Justice Act panel for the DC Superior Court, and frequently presents at public defender, capital defender, and other lawyer training programs in the United States and abroad. Professor Smith is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics.


Moderated By

Ellen C. Yaroshefsky
Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Freedman Institute


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The Next 50 is a thought leadership speaker series exploring the future of the legal profession. The series is part of Hofstra Law's 50th Anniversary programming. Visit for more information. 

Monday, November 16, 2020



Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Deborah Grattan

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