Penn Law, Temple, and Drexel Jointly Offer Course on Future of Criminal Justice Reform

Students at Penn Law, Temple, and Drexel will learn how to work toward an end to mass incarceration and how to incorporate policy into their advocacy.

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has partnered with Temple’s Beasley School of Law and the Kline School of Law at Drexel University to offer a unique new course on the future of criminal justice reform, co-taught by key leaders in Philadelphia: District Attorney Larry Krasner and Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. The course, “Prosecution and Defense in the 21st Century” is open to students of all three Philadelphia-area law schools.

Krasner was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia in 2017 after campaigning on a platform of criminal justice reform. Prior to leading the DA’s office, he was a longtime defense attorney who also focused much of his practice on civil rights matters.

Bradford-Grey was named Chief Defender in 2015. Before joining the Defender Association of Philadelphia, she was a trial lawyer focused on public defense in Delaware and later was appointed chief defender for the Montgomery County Public Defenders Office. Earlier in her career, she worked as an assistant public defender in Philadelphia.

Bringing insights from their work in students’ own local community, throughout the course Krasner and Bradford-Grey will share their on-the-ground experience prosecuting and defending those within the Philadelphia criminal justice system. Through this joint venture between the law schools, students at Penn Law, Temple, and Drexel will learn how to work toward an end to mass incarceration and how to incorporate policy into their advocacy, regardless of on which side of the courtroom they ultimately spend their careers.

“I’m proud to collaborate with the law schools at Drexel and Temple to offer this innovative learning opportunity to our students,” said Ted Ruger, Penn Law’s Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. “We’re fortunate to have national leaders in the criminal justice reform movement like Larry Krasner and Keir Bradford-Grey right here in Philadelphia, and I’m grateful they are willing to use their experience and expertise to educate the next generation of local law students.”

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