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Professor Lenese Herbert has returned to campus this semester after spending a year as a visiting professor at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., and before that a year at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va.
An expert on criminal law, she teaches that subject, as well as advanced criminal procedure, evidence and administrative law. Professor Herbert is also a frequent speaker and widely quoted resource on these subjects.
Recently she served as a resource for George Washington University Law School Professor Paul Butler for his book Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, published by The New Press this year. One chapter of the book, "Should Good People Be Prosecutors?," features Professor Herbert's criminal work as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., when she worked under Eric Holder, who is currently the U.S Attorney General.
Professor Herbert was consulted for and quoted in Angela J. Davis's Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor on the topics of prosecutors and the victims of crimes. Davis is a professor at American University's Washington College of Law and her book, originally released by Oxford University Press in 2007, was released in paperback this past spring.
Earlier this month Professor Herbert and a number of other Albany Law professors were featured speakers at the Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference 2009 held at the University at Buffalo Law School. Along with Professors Brescia, Farley, Ota and Young, she participated in a roundtable discussion on "Class and Class Struggle in 2009."
Prior to joining the Albany Law faculty in 2002, Professor Herbert was an associate professor of law at Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass. She is co-author of the casebook Constitutional Criminal Procedure, which will be published in its fourth edition next year by Foundation Press.
Professor Herbert has also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in federal criminal and civil divisions; a trial attorney in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Enforcement; and an attorney advisor for the Chief Counsel's office of the Urban Mass Transit Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
For a list of her research and scholarly articles, click here.