Prisons/prisoners’ rights

Michael Mushlin

Prof. Michael Mushlin is one of the country’s leading authorities on prisons and prisoners’ rights, and the author of a four-volume treatise, The Rights of Prisoners (West Publishing Company). He serves as vice-chair, and formerly as chair, of the Board of Directors of the Correctional Association of New York. Prior to entering academia, he spent seven years litigating on behalf of prisoners, including class action cases dealing with all New York City jails including the infamous “Tombs” jail in lower Manhattan. Prof. Mushlin organized and co-organized two major conferences in recent years on prison reform and prison oversight—held at Pace Law School and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas

He is the former chair of the Committee on Corrections of the New York City Bar Association and current co-chair of the American Bar Association subcommittee on Prison Oversight. He has written law review articles and lectured widely on prison reform, evidence, solitary confinement, and rethinking race and prisoners’ rights.

Prior to joining the Pace Law School faculty, Prof. Michael Mushlin served as a public interest and civil rights lawyer for 15 years as staff attorney with Harlem Assertion of Rights, Inc.; as a staff attorney and Project Director of the Prisoners’ Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society; and as Associate Director of the Children’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. Prof. Mushlin teaches courses in Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Prisoners’ Rights.

Areas of expertise:  prisons and prisoners’ rights, evidence, trial, civil litigation

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