By Charisma L. Miller, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin continues her efforts to bring reform to the New York Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. Earlier this week, Scheindlin denied New York City’s request to stay reform tactics until all appeals in the case have been adjudicated — noting that delaying the effects of her landmark decision to overhaul the policy that lends itself to the discrimination of minorities would send the wrong message.
One of Scheindlin’s methods of reform is to create an Academic Advisory Council to engage in a “community-based remedial process to develop sustainable reforms to the stop-and-frisk practices of the [NYPD].” To head the council, Scheindlin tapped into Brooklyn’s legal community and selected Brooklyn Law School Professor Bennett Capers to serve as council chair. “The appointment demonstrates that Professor Capers is a respected leader in the field,” Brooklyn Law School Dean Nicholas Allard.
Also appointed to the council are retired Brooklyn Law School Professor William Hellerstein, Ian Ayres of Yale Law School, Alafair Burke of the Maurice A. Dean 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, K. Babe Howell of CUNY Law School, Olatunde Johns 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.
“We are and have long been deep in criminal justice expertise on the faculty, in public service, and the bench. Professors Capers and Hellerstein are stars in our constellation of experts,” Allard commented.
The academic council will work closely with Nicholas Turner, president and director of the VERA Institute of Justice, who was recently appointed as the facilitator of the remedial process.