The Role of Prosecutors and State Authorities in Police Oversight
In his talk, Daniel Richman explores the promise and limitations of two existing institutions— local prosecutors and state governments—as potential contributors to local police accountability and oversight. What should we be looking to ‘progressive prosecutors’ to accomplish? Why have states done so little in the area historically, and can we expect them to do more?
Daniel Richman is the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches Federal Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and seminars on sentencing and on cybersecurity and surveillance, and writes on criminal issues, particularly federal enforcement. He was a professor at Fordham Law School from 1992 until 2007. Between 1987 and 1992, Richman was an AUSA in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he ended up as Chief Appellate Attorney. He was a law clerk to Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg, Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1984–85), and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (1985–86). Among the government units he has worked with since going into teaching have been Mayor Bloomberg’s Conditional Release Commission and the FBI Director’s Office (under James Comey).