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Tracey L. Meares to Join Yale Law School Faculty

Tracey L. Meares, the Max Pam Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago Law School, will join Yale Law School as Professor of Law in January 2007.  Professor Meares' teaching and research interests center on criminal procedure and criminal law policy, with a particular emphasis on empirical investigation of these subjects.

Professor Meares received her B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois, and her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School. Upon graduation, Professor Meares clerked for Judge Harlington Wood, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, then served as an Honors Program Trial Attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1994. In addition, Professor Meares currently holds an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. She is also an affiliate of the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.

"Tracey Meares has established herself as one of our most insightful commentators on race, crime, and the law," said Harold Hongju Koh, Dean of Yale Law School. "Using empirical methods and social psychology, she has emerged as that rare criminal law and procedure scholar who focuses on crime prevention, by applying a civil society approach to law enforcement that builds upon the interaction between law, culture, social norms, and social organization. We are delighted to welcome to New Haven and Yale a talented teacher and scholar whose work promotes law enforcement by designing norm-focused strategies to advance crime reduction through community empowerment."

Professor Meares is the author, inter alia, of Urgent Times: Policing and Rights in Inner City Communities (with Dan Kahan, Beacon Press 1999) and a forthcoming Foundation Press casebook on Criminal Law (with Dan Kahan and Neal Katyal). Her many articles include "When 2 or 3 Come Together: Cooperation Between the Black Church and the Police in Chicago," forthcoming in the William and Mary Law Review (with Kelsi Brown Korkran); "Updating the Study of Punishment," 56 Stanford Law Review 1171 (2004) (with Dan Kahan and Neal Katyal), "Lawful Policing," 593 The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 66 (18) (2004) (with Wesley Skogan); "Mass Incarceration:  Who Pays the Price for Criminal Offending" 3 Criminology and Public Policy 295 (2004); "Praying for Community Policing," 90 California Law Review 1593 (2002); and "The Coming Crisis of Criminal Procedure," 86 Georgetown Law Journal 1153 (1998) (with Dan Kahan).  Professor Meares is currently working on a project regarding "Legitimacy, and the Construction of Justice:  Majority and minority community perspectives on the law and legal authorities."