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Steven Hawkins, Weissberg Chair in International Studies, 2017/18

Criminal Justice

March 21-28, 2018

Steven Hawkins

Steven Hawkins is a social justice leader and litigator, whose career has been devoted to finding ways to improve a criminal justice system that disproportionately targets minorities and the economically disadvantaged.

To this end, Mr. Hawkins recently served as president of the Coalition for Public Safety, a bipartisan effort make criminal justice smarter, fairer, and more cost effective. He also served as executive director of Amnesty International USA,  the Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He also worked at the Justice, Equality, Human Dignity and Tolerance Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He has worked to abolish the death penalty and represented African American men facing the death penalty throughout the Deep South, and successfully led a campaign to abolish the death penalty for juvenile crimes.

Mr. Hawkins studied economics at Harvard University, and spent a year at the University of Zimbabwe following his graduation in 1984.  He completed a law degree at New York University, where he was a Root Tilden scholar.   In 2003, he received the law school's Public Interest Service Award.

His residency will take place from March 21 to March 28, 2018.