Reimagining the 21st Century Prosecutor: Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner and Fair & Just Prosecution's Miriam Krinsky

Monday, September 17th, 2018 @ 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107
Sep 17
Monday, September 17th, 2018 @ 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107

Join newly elected Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and Fair and Just Prosecution (FJP) Executive Director Miriam Aroni Krinsky for a discussion moderated by Professor Daniel C. Richman on new paradigms in prosecution and the vital role of the prosecutor in reforming the criminal justice system. 

Attending students will also have an opportunity to learn about the Fair and Just Prosecution Summer Fellows Program, which places rising 2L and 3L FJP Summer Fellows in summer internship positions in the offices of some of the most inspiring elected prosecutors around the country (please see the attached two-pager for further information). A representative of Fair and Just Prosecution will be available to answer questions following the panel.

Larry Krasner: District Attorney, Philadelphia

Civil rights lawyer Larry Krasner is one of Philadelphia’s most outspoken and highly regarded progressive attorneys. For 30 years, he has been fearlessly demanding fair treatment and justice for Philadelphians of all backgrounds. Larry will transform a broken District Attorney’s office into one that focuses on the 6% of offenders who commit 60% of the serious crimes in Philadelphia. He will lead the fight for a fair and effective criminal justice system.

Larry was born in 1961 in St. Louis, the son of a World War II veteran father and minister mother. After attending public schools in St. Louis and the Philadelphia area, Larry earned degrees from the University of Chicago and Stanford Law School with the help of student loans and scholarships. While at Stanford, rather than focusing on corporate law, Larry worked for indigenous rights, homeless people, and the poor, in criminal matters. After graduating in 1987, he received several job offers from prosecutors’ offices around the country, but instead chose to return to Philadelphia to work for the Federal Public Defender’s Office.  In 1993, Larry started his own law practice in Center City specializing in criminal defense and civil rights. Since then, he has tried thousands of cases in criminal and civil court and represented countless defendants. He has filed more than 75 civil rights lawsuits against the police for corruption and physical abuse.

Larry stands up for immigration, disability and gay rights, as well as the right to free speech. He has defended, normally at no cost, protesters at RNC 2000 and DNC 2016, members of ACT UP, Black Lives Matter, Casino-Free Philadelphia, DACA Dreamers, Decarcerate PA, Earth Quaker Action Team, Heeding God’s Call, Kensington Welfare Rights Union, Occupy Philly and Reclaim Philadelphia, advocates of public school funding and opponents of the death penalty.

Miriam Aroni Krinsky: Executive Director, Fair and Just Prosecution

Miriam Krinsky is the Executive Director of Fair and Just Prosecution, a project that supports and inter-connects recently elected leaders of prosecutors' offices committed to new thinking and innovation. She has spent the past few decades working in public service, justice system reform and academia, including 15 years as a federal prosecutor -- both in Los Angeles and on a strike force in the Mid-Atlantic region. During that tenure, she served in the Central District of California as Chief of the General Crimes Sections, Chief of the Criminal Appellate Section, chaired the Solicitor General’s Advisory Group on Appellate Issues and served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Sentencing. 

In 2012, Miriam served as the Executive Director of Los Angeles County’s Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, a high-level Commission appointed to investigate allegations of excessive force by Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies in L.A. County jails. Thereafter, Ms. Krinsky served as the Transition Team Director and post-election Special Advisor to a newly elected Sheriff committed to reforming the LA Sheriff’s Department.  She has taught at the UCLA School of Public Policy and at Loyola and Southwestern Law Schools, with a focus on youth at risk and juvenile justice issues, served as a policy consultant on youth violence prevention, juvenile justice, and justice reform issues for The California Endowment and spent five years as the Executive Director of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles – a 200-plus person legal services organization representing over 20,000 abused and neglected children.  She also served on various bodies including as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (the first lawyer from the public sector to hold that office), on the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission (serving as Commission President for three years), on the California Judicial Council and California State Bar Board of Trustees (by appointment of the California Supreme Court) and on the American Law Institute Sentencing Project Advisory group and the ALI Principles of Policing Advisory Group. She has testified before national and state legislative bodies, authored over 50 articles, and lectured nationwide on criminal law, law enforcement oversight and reform, juvenile justice, and sentencing issues.

Daniel C. Richman: Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Daniel C. Richman is the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Richman is a former federal prosecutor who served as chief appellate attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and has served as a consultant to the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury on federal criminal matters. Before joining Columbia’s faculty, Richman was the Brendan Moore Professor of Advocacy at Fordham Law School. In 2004, he was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as chairman of the Local Conditional Release Commission. He is currently an advisor to James Comey. Richman’s scholarly writings include more than 30 law review articles. He has offered testimony as an expert in a number of congressional hearings, and state, federal, and international criminal and civil matters.

Hosted by SJI and CJAN. Light snacks will be served.