Briefing Room


David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice

March 25, 2021 | Events

Thursday, April 15
12:10–1:10 p.m. EST

Please join us on Thursday, April 15 for the 11th Annual Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice. This year’s lecture features Deborah Archer, Professor of Law at New York University. Professor Archer will present on Jim Crow in the 21st Century: Policing-Based Housing Policies, Racial Segregation, and Mass Criminalization. America is profoundly segregated along racial lines. Many people view this as a relic of long-overturned legal systems, but in fact, modern laws continue to sustain racial segregation. Policing-based housing policies are one of the most salient examples. These are local laws – growing in number — that either encourage or require landlords to evict or exclude tenants who have had varying levels of contact with the criminal legal system. Though formally race neutral, this web of restrictions is rapidly expanding against a backdrop of mass criminalization. This lecture will explore the central role that mass criminalization plays in locking people out of housing, and how these laws facilitate racial segregation and import the racial biases of the criminal legal system into housing markets.

The David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice honors the legacy of David Bodiker ’63 by promoting, improving, and advancing the highest level of academic and professional interest in protecting the constitutional rights of the defendant in the criminal justice system. David was relentless in his advocacy for the rights of death row inmates, and the legacy of passion that he exuded in work and in life continues to inspire.

Deborah N. Archer is the Jacob K. Javits Professor at New York University, and Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Inequality at NYU School of Law. Deborah is also the President of the American Civil Liberties Union and nationally recognized expert in civil rights, civil liberties, and racial justice. She is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was awarded the Charles G. Albom Prize, and Smith College. She previously worked as an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where she litigated in the areas of voting rights, employment discrimination, and school desegregation.