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6th Annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture


Jeffrey Fagan

Columbia Law School




Topic: "Indignities of Order Maintenance"

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013

Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Location: University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Ares Auditorium - Room 164

1201 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85719

Reception to follow in the Lewis and Roca Lobby


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Professor Jeffrey Fagan will explore the effects of new models of proactive policing on the relationship between citizens, law, and those entrusted to enforce it.  His rendering of these effects examines dimensions not often the focus of legal debates on crime, law, and punishment: dignity, citizenship and belonging, and the social and psychological harms of police intrusion into the everyday lives of citizens who have broken no laws.   Through his own research in New York City and other urban settings, and building on the rich studies of police-citizen interactions by other scholars, Professor Fagan moves the debate on limits and powers of the police beyond the classic balancing tests of privacy versus security.  He elaborates the human costs of unjustified incursions on liberty, and on the consequences of the harms for citizens' willingness to engage with the law and comport with its moral norms.  He argues, with evidence from law and social science, that Fourth Amendment harms go well beyond privacy.


For over 15 years, Professor Fagan has been studying police-citizen interactions in New York and elsewhere. His work has incorporated statistical surveillance of police enforcement actions and their outcomes, survey research with both adolescents and young adults about the behavioral and emotional impacts of unwarranted police interventions, and analyses of constitutional compliance in the conduct of police stops in New York's aggressive policing initiatives. He has written extensively on the New York model, which has informed the design of policing tactics in cities across the country, and in contexts including national security, immigration, drug enforcement, and the search for illegal weapons.  Through both narrative and statistical evidence from behavioral research, the Soll Lecture will build on this work on both Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment challenges to the new models of policing that feature aggressive stops of people in places that have been identified as crime trouble spots.


More about Professor Jeffrey Fagan

Jeffrey Fagan is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University.  He also is the Director of the Center for Crime, Community and Law at Columbia Law School.  He is a Senior Scholar at Yale Law School, and has been a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School in 2009-2010 and again in the Spring 2013 semester. In 2010-2011, he was a Fellow of the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice at the New York University Law School.  His research and scholarship examines policing, the legitimacy of the criminal law, capital punishment, legal socialization of adolescents, neighborhoods and crime, and juvenile crime and punishment. He served on the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academy of Science from 2000-2006.  From 2001-2004, he was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Fairness and Effectiveness in Policing, which issued its final report in 2004.  He has conducted research on police-citizen encounters for the Attorney General of New York State (1999), and for the Governor's Advisory Committee on Police Standards and Practices in New Jersey (2009).  He currently is conducting research on the outcomes of police stops of citizens for the Attorney General of New York State and has recently completed studies on the mental health consequences of police-citizen encounters.  He has testified in several federal and state civil cases on constitutional challenges to police practices.


In addition to his research on constitutional policing, Professor Fagan was a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice from 1996-2006, a member of the National Science Foundation's National Consortium on Violence Research, and a founding member of the Working Group on Legitimacy and the Criminal Law and the Working Group on Incarceration, both at the Russell Sage Foundation. He has testified on the future of capital punishment before Governor's commissions in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland.  From 2002-2005, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Fellow. His past research has been supported by federal agencies and several private foundations.  He has published three books and more than 100 articles in leading journals in law and criminology.  He is past Editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals on criminology and law.  From 1996-2002, he served on the NIMH peer review group for violence research.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.


The Darrow K. Soll Memorial Lecture

Friends and colleagues of the late Darrow K. Soll established this lecture as a memorial to his life's work by creating an endowment at the James E. Rogers College of Law. Through the efforts of Jennifer Simmon Woods and other generous donors, Arizona Law students and members of the larger community will hear from practitioners, scholars, and other distinguished speakers about a variety of criminal justice topics.


More about Darrow K. Soll

Named after the legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow, Darrow K. Soll was  passionately committed to securing justice for the accused.  He was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona, in a large and active family.  He served his country in the U.S. Army Ranger Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division, earning numerous military awards for his courage and achievements.


He earned a B.A. degree in Russian from Arizona State University and attended the Norwich University School of Russian Language, where he received the A.S. Pushkin Award for Highest Academic Achievement.


Darrow graduated with honors from Arizona Law in 1992, having served as the Articles Editor and writer for the Arizona Law Review, and was an active member of the law school community.


Over the course of his career, Darrow pursued justice with the law firm of O'Connor Cavanagh, the Arizona Attorney General's Office, the Pima County Public Defender's Office, the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office, and Quarles & Brady LLP. His practice was diverse and included corporations, public officials, law enforcement, professional athletes, and celebrities, in addition to the many "ordinary people" whose  causes he took up as his own.


He was an inquisitive learner and a gifted teacher at the James E. Rogers College of Law where he was a member of the adjunct faculty and shared his talents and skills with countless others as an instructor for continuing legal education and professional development workshops. He wrote numerous newspaper articles and was frequently featured as a legal consultant on MSNBC and CNN.


His life in the law continues to be a source of inspiration and pride for those who were fortunate enough to be his friends and colleagues.


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