Zimroth Center on the Administration of Criminal Law: Student Fellowships 2022-23

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The Zimroth Center’s mission is to promote good government practices in criminal matters.  In recent years, the Zimroth Center has focused on (i) prosecutorial power and discretion, and (ii) resentencing mechanisms available to various federal, state, and local actors, including federal and state clemency and discretionary resentencing processes, and (iii) conviction review processes within prosecutors’ offices. The Zimroth Center pursues this work through a mix of academic and public policy research. The academic and public policy components include producing reports and white papers on reforming the criminal legal system as well as hosting symposia and conferences to address significant topics in criminal law and procedure and enhance the public dialogue on criminal legal matters.


Student Fellowships

The Center seeks to hire five law students for the 2022-2023 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 legal 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 legal reform; planning and organizing the Center’s annual conference, involving a variety academic scholars and practitioners; planning and organizing the Kenneth P. Thompson Lecture on Race and Criminal Justice Reform, which is co-hosted with the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law; 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) fines and fees reform and prosecutorial best practices; (ii) mental health reforms and prosecutorial best practices, (ii) plea-bargaining reforms and prosecutorial best practices, and (iii) proposals for policy reforms in line with Professor Barkow’s book, Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration;
  • Conducting research with an urban District Attorney’s Office on prosecutors’ constitutional and ethical pretrial disclosure obligations pursuant to Brady v. Maryland; 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.

Of the five law students, the Center seeks to hire two fellows to serve as the Charles Stillman Fellow and Gus Newman Fellow, respectively.  The Stillman and Newman Student Fellows are selected based on their commitment to a career in public defense and/or criminal defense work; they engage in all of the same work as the Center’s Student Fellows but do so with the generous support of Charles Stillman and the family of Gus Newman.


Application Instructions

Interested students should email the below to Courtney M. Oliva (courtney.oliva@nyu.edu) by March 27, 2022:
  • Cover letter explaining why you would like to become a Student Fellow of the Center and your interest in criminal law and criminal legal 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 no later than early May 2022. 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 Zimroth Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, visit https://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/zimroth.
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