Professor Conrad Johnson’s
Legal Calculator

Winter 2009

Columbia Law School Professor Conrad Johnson recently unveiled the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges Calculator, an innovative tool that allows attorneys, judges, and defendants to gauge what aspects of their lives might be affected if they are convicted of a given crime. Johnson developed the calculator in collaboration with Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) and presented the technology at a recent CCNMTL conference.

Collateral consequences can include limits on voting rights, child custody ramifications, and narrowed access to public housing. “Collateral consequences, as opposed to the direct ones, can be more important, more severe,” said Johnson, the co-director of the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic.

Johnson’s calculator launched at the end of last year.