Panel of Professors Named to Advise on Stop and Frisk

Tanya Hernandez in The New York Law Journal, September 19, 2013

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A panel of law professors has been appointed by Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin (See Profile) to assist a court-appointed facilitator in developing remedies in the stop-and-frisk litigation.

One day after denying New York City's request for a stay pending appeal of her appointment of a police department monitor to help develop and implement reforms of stop-and-frisk practices, Scheindlin Wednesday named an Academic Advisory Council chaired by Professor Bennett Capers of Brooklyn Law School to assist facilitator Nicholas Turner of the VERA Institute of Justice.

On the panel are Ian Ayres of Yale Law School, Alafair Burke of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Miriam Gohara, visiting assistant professor at Columbia Law School, Taja-Nia Henderson of Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Tanya Hernandez of Fordham University School of Law, Conrad Johnson of Columbia Law School, William Hellerstein (retired) of Brooklyn Law School, K. Babe Howell of CUNY Law School, Olatunde Johnson of Columbia Law School, Tracey Meares of Yale Law School, Janice Tudy-Jackson of Columbia Law School and Steve Zeidman of CUNY School of Law.

Turner's job is to gather and meet with "stakeholders"—members of the community and relevant institutions—who will take part in a remedial process to include town meetings and then make recommendations to monitor Peter Zimroth of Arnold & Porter. The city has moved for an expedited appeal in the case of Floyd v. City of New York, 08 Civ. 1034, and is expected to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for a stay shortly.