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LAW 1354 v00 : Best Practices for Justice: Prosecutors Working to Improve the Criminal Justice System

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Fall 2020
JD Adjunct
UserID Name Email
kh897 Hamann, Kristine
par60 Riley, Patricia
LAW 1354 v00: Best Practices for Justice: Prosecutors Working to Improve the Criminal Justice System
Best Practices for Justice: Prosecutors Working to Improve the Criminal Justice System
Th 10:00a-12:00p
Special Requirement


J.D. students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective).


A course in criminal law is recommended, but not required.

Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum course and a clinic, or another practicum course. Students may concurrently enroll in this practicum course and an externship.

This practicum course is open to LL.M. students, space permitting. Interested LL.M. students should email the Office of the Registrar ( to request admission.

This course may be suitable for evening students who can commit to attending class and undertaking 10 hours/week of project work. Much of the project work may be done outside of business hours.

This is a four credit course. Two credits will be awarded for the two-hour weekly seminar and two credits will be awarded for approximately 10 hours of supervised project work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks. Both the seminar and the project work will be graded.

Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and project components and may not take either component separately. After Add/Drop, a student who wishes to withdraw from a practicum course must obtain permission from the faculty member and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will grant such withdrawal requests only when remaining enrolled in the practicum would cause significant hardship for the student. A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and project components.

Default attendance rule for all practicum courses (unless the professor indicates otherwise): Regular and punctual attendance is required at all practicum seminars and fieldwork placements. Students in project-based practicum courses are similarly required to devote the requisite number of hours to their project. If a student must miss seminar, fieldwork, or project work, he or she must speak to the professor as soon as possible to discuss the absence. Unless the professor indicates otherwise, a student with more than one unexcused absence from the practicum seminar (out of 13 total seminar sessions), or one week of unexcused absences from the fieldwork or project work (out of a total of 11 weeks of fieldwork or project work), may receive a lower grade or, at the professor’s discretion, may be withdrawn from the practicum course.

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Personal Information


Kristine Hamann Bio:

Kristine Hamann is the Executive Director and founder of Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence (PCE). PCE supports statewide prosecutor-led Best Practices Committees and provides consulting and research services for prosecutors.  The Best Practices Committees are devoted to proactively improving the criminal justice system and assessing emerging issues. Ms. Hamann is working with prosecutors from over thirty states. She presents at national and statewide prosecutor meetings on a variety of topics including police worn cameras, witness intimidation, identification procedures, conviction integrity units and ethics.  Most recently, PCE is providing consulting services to the Bronx District Attorney’s office in New York and an office-wide assessment of the Stearns County Attorney’s office in Minnesota. 

From July 2013 to January 2016, Kristine Hamann was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance.  She is the chair of the New York State Best Practices Committee for prosecutors and she is a co-chair of the National District Attorneys Association’s Best Practices Committee.  She is an Independent Counsel to the Conviction Integrity Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and she is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law School.  She is a member of the ABA Criminal Justice Council and the ABA Task Force on Body Worn Cameras.

From 2008 to 2013, Ms. Hamann was the Executive Assistant District Attorney for the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of the New York.  The office conducts international, national and local drug trafficking investigations and prosecutions, which impact New York City.

From 2007 to 2008, Ms. Hamann was the New York State Inspector General.  The Inspector General is charged with investigating and preventing fraud, waste and abuse in New York State government. 

From 1998 to 2007, Ms. Hamann served as the Executive Assistant District Attorney to D.A. Robert M. Morgenthau in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City.  Prior to 1998, Ms. Hamann held several other positions in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, including Deputy Chief of the Trial Division in charge of the Criminal Court, Director of Training, and Deputy Bureau Chief of the Career Criminal Bureau.  After law school she was an associate at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in New York City. 

She has received various awards including Prosecutor of the Year (NY State Bar Association, 2013), Prosecutor of the Year for Executive Leadership (NY District Attorneys Association, 2010), Excellence in Government Award (Albany Law School, 2008), and Public Service Award (NY County Bar Association, 2005). 

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