Apr. 22: Center on the Administration of Criminal Law Student Fellowships 2020-21

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The Center’s mission is to promote good government practices in criminal matters at all levels of government.  In recent years, the Center has focused its work on (i) the proper exercise of prosecutorial power and discretion, and (ii) the proper exercise of resentencing mechanisms available to various federal, state, and local actors, including federal and state clemency and discretionary resentencing processes. 

The Center pursues this mission through a mix of academic and public policy research and litigation advocacy. The academic and public policy components focus on criminal justice practices at all levels of government, produces scholarship and policy reports on criminal justice issues, and hosts symposia and conferences to address significant topics in criminal law and procedure and enhance the public dialogue on criminal justice matters. The litigation component uses the center’s research and experience with criminal justice practices to inform courts in important criminal justice matters, particularly in cases in which exercises of prosecutorial discretion create significant legal issues.

Student Fellowships

The Center seeks to hire five rising 2L law students for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Student Fellows are paid a stipend for their work with the Center and will be involved in all aspects of the Center’s work, which could include: conducting research into various criminal justice topics to be included in white papers and policy reports; contributing to the Center’s sharing of expertise and research with external organizations and partners; assisting with the Center’s various public events on criminal justice reform; planning and organizing symposia and conferences involving prominent academic scholars and practitioners; and assisting in research projects with practitioner and academic partners.  Fellows may also be involved in the Center’s long-term planning and the initiation of future projects.

In recent years, Student Fellows have assisted with the following:

  • Planning and organizing symposia focused on (i) mental health reforms and prosecutorial best practices, (ii) plea-bargaining reforms and prosecutorial best practices, and (iii) reforming major criminal justice practices to achieve sound public safety outcomes in line with Professor Barkow’s book, Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration;
  • Conducting research on data metrics that can be used to “diagnose” public safety in a given community, in support of a long-term partnership with a local DA’s office that wants to redefine how their office understands public safety; and
  • Conducting research on gubernatorial power to commute sentences and/or grant temporary reprieves in light of the public health threat posed by COVID-19.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, the Center will also be hiring a second-year law student to serve as the Gus Newman Fellow.  The Newman Student Fellow is selected based on their commitment to a career in public defense and/or criminal defense work, and they engage in all of the same work as the Center’s Student Fellows but do so with the generous support of the family of Gus Newman.

Application Instructions

Interested students should email Courtney M. Oliva (courtney.oliva@nyu.edu) the following by April 22, 2020:

  • Cover letter explaining why you would like to become a Student Fellow of the Center and your interest in criminal law and criminal justice reform;
  • Resume;
  • Unofficial law school transcript; and
  • List of two references with email addresses.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and selections will be made by May 2020. NYU School of Law seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. To learn more about the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, visit https://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/adminofcriminallaw.