Jocelyn Simonson

Jocelyn Simonson

  • Visiting Professor of Law

Jocelyn Simonson is a Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. She writes and teaches about criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and social change. Her scholarship explores ways in which the public participates in the criminal process and in the institutions of local governance that control policing and punishment. In particular, she studies bottom-up interventions in the criminal legal system, such as bail funds, copwatching, courtwatching, and participatory defense, asking how these real-life interventions should inform our conceptions of the design of institutions in the criminal legal system, the discourse of constitutional rights, and the meaning of democratic justice. Her most recent law review articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Yale Law JournalStanford Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law ReviewCalifornia Law Review, and Michigan Law Review. Professor Simonson’s scholarship has been cited twice by the Supreme Court, and was designated “Must Read” by the NACDL Getting Scholarship Into Courts Project.

Prior to joining the Brooklyn Law School faculty in 2015, Professor Simonson was an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law. Previously, Professor Simonson spent five years as a public defender with the Bronx Defenders. She clerked for the Hon. Barrington D. Parker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.


Selected Articles:

  • Police Reform Through a Power Lens, 130 Yale Law Journal (forthcoming 2021)
  • Movement Law, 73 Stanford Law Review (forthcoming 2021) (w/Amna Akbar & Sameer Ashar)
  • The Institutional Design of Community Control, 108 California Law Review 679 (2020) (w/Sabeel Rahman)
  • The Place of “the People” in Criminal Procedure, 119 Columbia Law Review 249 (2019)
  • Bail Nullification, 115 Michigan Law Review 585 (2017)
  • Copwatching, 104 California Law Review 391 (2016)
  • The Criminal Court Audience in a Post-Trial World, 127 Harvard Law Review 2173 (2014)