Jimmy Gurulé

Jimmy Gurulé teaches in Notre Dame Law School, concentrating his teaching and scholarship in the areas of criminal law. He is an expert in the field of international criminal law, terrorism, terrorist financing, and anti-money laundering.

Gurulé has also worked in a variety of high-profile public law enforcement positions including as Under Secretary for Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Treasury (2001-2003), where he had oversight responsibilities for the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs Service and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), among other departments. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the U.S. Treasury Department’s global strategy to combat terrorist financing, and engineered the conviction of those responsible for torturing and brutally murdering a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in Mexico.

A prominent member of the Hispanic legal community, Gurulé previously served as President of the Hispanic National Bar Association and also received the Graciela Olivarez Award in 2006. He was recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business in 2002, 1990, 1989, and 1987.

Law Professor Jimmy Gurule..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame
Law Professor Jimmy Gurule..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame

Areas of Expertise: Terrorism Law, Criminal Forensic Evidence, Criminal Law & Procedure, International Criminal Law, White Collar Crime

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Contact Information:

Email: Jimmy.Gurule.1@nd.edu
Phone: (574) 631-5917

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Shirley Leyro, Ph.D.

Shirley Leyro, Ph.D. is an expert criminologist. She is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Borough of Manhattan Community College at City University of New York (CUNY). Her research focuses on criminal law and immigration. She works in New York, New York.

Her research has been funded by grants, fellowships, and awards provided by the Graduate Center at City University of New York (CUNY).


Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice

Location: New York, New York

Contact Information:

Email: sleyro@bmcc.cuny.edu

Phone: (646) 244-1211

Twitter: @Shir_Lo

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Alexes Harris

Dr. Alexes Harris teaches at the University of Washington and serves as an affiliate at the West Coast Poverty Center and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. A driving aim of her work is to produce empirically based research that is theoretically informed, and has real world policy implications for addressing social problems and inequality in the United States. Her most current research examines the sentencing of monetary sanctions, such as fines, fees, and surcharges, to people convicted of felony offenses in Washington state. Using a mixed-method approach, she has analyzed Administrative Office of the Courts data, conducted observations of sentencing and sanctioning hearings, and conducted interviews with court officials to examine variation in sentencing, supervision and sanctioning practices related to unpaid debt.

Harris’ work has been published in a number of academic journals, including The American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Law and Society Review and Symbolic Interaction. With a recently awarded grant, Harris is continuing her research on monetary sanctions to replicate and expand her Washington study in seven other states with collaborators. Harris has testified before the Washington State legislature and Washington State Supreme Court about racial and ethnic inequalities in the criminal justice system and sentencing practices. She was recently appointed by United States Attorney General to a four‐year appointment on the Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board.

Alexes Harris

Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice Processing and Sentencing of Monetary Sanctions, Race and Ethnicity In The United States

Location: Seattle, WA

Contact Information:

Email: yharris@uw.edu
Website: Alexesharris.com

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Last Verified: August 2015

Tracey Meares

Tracey L. Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Before arriving at Yale Law School, she was Max Pam Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago Law School. She has held positions clerking for the Honorable Harlington Wood, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Since 2004, she has served on the Committee on Law and Justice, a National Research Council Standing Committee of the National Academy of Sciences. Additionally, she has served on two National Research Council Review Committees: one to review research on police policy and practices and another more recently to review the National Institute of Justice.Yale Law School Law School Professor, Tracey L. Meares specializes in crime prevention, criminal procedure, and criminal law policy.

Meares has been especially interested as of late in teaching and writing about communities, police legitimacy and legal policy, and she has lectured on this topic extensively across the country to audiences of academics, lay people, and police professionals.


Professor of Law at Harvard Law School 

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Law, Crime Prevention, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law Policy, Police Legitimacy, Community Relations

Location: Cambridge, MA

Contact Information:

Phone: (203) 432-4074

Email: tracey.meares@yale.edu

Heard on Center for Court Innovation: How Procedural Justice Strengthens the Public’s Willingness to Obey the Law

Added March 2015

Last Verified: March 2015

Neal Katyal

Former acting solicitor general of the United States, Neal K. Katyal, is a professor at the Georgetown Law Center and a partner with the international law firm Hogan Lovells. Focusing on appellate and complex litigation, Katyal has argued 21 cases in front of the US Supreme Court.

He has also defended the Affordable Care Act in lower courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and while Acting Solicitor General he was responsible for representing the federal government of the United States in all appellate matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals throughout the nation.

Katyal has appeared on NPR, and is an op-ed contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Neal Katyal
Professor, Georgetown Law Center & Partner, Hogan Lovells

Areas of Expertise: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedural, Practicing in Litigation & Arbitration, Appellate, Intellectual Property, Health, Securities Litigation & Enforcement

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Please contact Cynthia Palmer, Katyal’s assistant
Email: cynthia.palmer@hoganlovells.com
Phone: (202) 637-7288

Heard on NPR’s Tell Me More: Defending The Affordable Care Act

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Paul Butler

Paul Butler is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching in the areas of criminal law and race and the law. He served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption.

Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, Nightline, ABC, CBS and NBC, and is a frequent guest on NPR’s Tell Me More.

Butler has published numerous academic articles in journals including the Yale Law Journal and the Harvard Law Review, and is the author of the book, “Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice.”


Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Civil Rights & Race Relations, Public Corruption

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: paul.butler@law.georgetown.edu

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Cecillia Wang

Cecillia Wang is the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project. Wang first worked with ACLU as a civil rights lawyer on a fellowship at the Immigrant’s Rights Project in 1997-98. She has also served as a trial attorney with the federal public defender office for the Southern District of New York and as an attorney in a San Francisco law firm working on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Wang has spoken about civil rights and immigration law at Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt law schools and has trained attorneys and advocates on civil rights issues. She attended Yale Law School and clerked for both Judge William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Immigration Law, Immigrant Rights, Civil Rights, Criminal Law

Location: San Francisco, CA (with some travel to New York and Washington, DC)

Contact Information:
Phone: (415) 343-0775

You can also reach out to the Immigrants’ Rights Project Communications Manager, Isabel Alegría:
Email: ialegria@aclu.org
Phone: (415) 343-0785

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All Things Considered: Appeals Court Defers on Ala., Ga. Immigration Laws


Charles Ogletree

Charles J. Ogletree is the Jesse Climenko professor of law at Harvard University and the director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. After earning an M.A. and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, Ogletree began his career as a staff attorney in the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. He later entered into private practice in the law firm of Jessamy, Fort & Ogletree.

According to his bio, he was named of the 100 Most Influential Blacks In America by Savoy Magazine and one of the “legal legends among America’s top black lawyers” by Black Enterprise Magazine.

He is the author of All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education and Beyond The Rodney King Story: An Investigation Of Police Conduct In Minority Communities.

Professor of Law at Harvard University Law School

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Law, Death Penalty, Juvenile Justice, DNA Fingerprinting, Race and Criminal Justice, South Africa, International Law, Legal Ethics, Public Defence, Criminal Justice Systems

Location: Cambridge, MA

Contact Info:

Phone:  (617) 495-5097

Email:  ogletree@law.harvard.edu

Or you can contact his assistant, Darrick Northington: (617) 496-2054

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