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James Forman Jr.

Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney (on leave, spring 2015)
James Forman Jr. is a Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney at Yale Law School. He is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School, and was a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court. He previously taught at Georgetown Law from 2003 to 2011, and from 1994 to 2000, he worked for the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where he represented juveniles and adults in serious felony cases. In 1997, along with David Domenici, he started the renowned Maya Angelou Public Charter School, which combines rigorous education, job training, counseling, mental health services, life skills, and dormitory living for school dropouts and youth who have previously been incarcerated. In 2007 Maya Angelou took over the school inside D.C.’s juvenile prison and, according to the court monitor overseeing D.C.’s juvenile system, has turned it into “an extraordinary educational program.”

Professor Forman teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure and criminal law policy, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. His particular interests are schools, prisons, and police, and those institutions’ race and class dimensions. His work has been published in the Yale Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Michigan Law Review and Georgetown Law Journal, among others. His most recent article is Racial Critiques of Mass Incarceration: Beyond the New Jim Crow, which appeared in the NYU Law Review. Professor Forman is currently writing a book about crime and criminal justice policy in Washington, D.C., from the early 1970s to the present.

J.D., Yale Law School, 1992
A.B., Brown University, 1988

Courses Taught
Constitutional Law
Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic
Innovations in Policing