USALI Thursday Lunch Series February 21, 2013:
James B. Jacobs is the Warren E. Burger Professor of Law and Director, Center for Research in Crime and Justice. He has been named a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in recognition and support of his research on jurisprudential and policy issues related to criminal records.
Professor Jacobs holds a J.D. (’73) and Ph.D.in Sociology (’75) from the University of Chicago. His doctoral dissertation, Stateville: The Penitentiary in Mass Society (1977), a classic in penology, is still assigned in classrooms around the country. In 1982, Jacobs moved from Cornell Law School to New York University School of Law, where he was appointed Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice. He teaches first year criminal law and upper year electives on criminal procedure, federal criminal law and juvenile justice. He also teaches specialized seminars on such subjects as privatization of criminal justice, the jurisprudence of criminal records, labor racketeering, gun control, sentencing, corruption control, prisoners’ rights, victims and criminal procedure, and the war on drugs.