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FRANKLIN E. ZIMRING

Professor, Boalt Hall, University of California Berkeley
Franklin E. Zimring is the William G. Simon Professor of Law and chair of the Criminal Justice Research Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2005, he has been the first Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at Boalt Hall School of Law. Professor Zimring has specialized for four decades in the empirical study of legal institutions and the assessment of the behavioral impacts of legal regulation. Educated at Wayne State University and the University of Chicago, he joined the Chicago faculty in 1967 immediately after graduation. He was director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago and of the Earl Warren Legal Institute at the University of California. His recent books include The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment (2003); An American Travesty: Legal Responses to Adolescent Sexual Offending (2004); American Juvenile Justice (2005) and The Great American Crime Decline (2006). The Next Frontier: National Development, Political Change, and the Death Penalty in Asia, co-authored with David T. Johnson, was published in early 2009. In addition to his scholarly writing, Zimring is a frequent author of op-ed and general essays. Pieces of his work are reprinted as models in eight college writing textbooks.

SETH KREIMER

Kenneth W. Gemmill Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Seth Kreimer's first article, Allocational Sanctions: The Problem of Negative Rights in a Positive State, set the terms for a generation of discussion of unconstitutional government manipulation of public benefits. His subsequent work has shaped analysis of governmental control of private information, abortion regulation, assisted suicide, and gay marriage. He has explored the implications of DNA testing in criminal justice, free speech on the Internet, and the dangers of abuse in the "war on terror." Kreimer has represented plaintiffs in a wide array of litigation. He served as co-counsel in Ferguson v. City of Charleston (U.S. Supreme Court 2001), establishing the right of obstetrical patients to refuse non-consensual drug testing; In Re R.B.F. (Pa. Supreme Court 2002), securing the right of gay and lesbian parents to establish families by second parent adoption; Nixon v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Pa. Supreme Court 2003), successfully challenging the constitutionality of lifetime disqualification of sex-offenders from employment; and Buck v. Stankovic (M. D. Pa. 2007), enjoining denial of a marriage license to a citizen who wished to marry an undocumented non-citizen.

JENNIFER A. DROBAC

Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis
Prof. Jennifer Drobac joined the faculty at the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis in the fall of 2001. From 1992 to 2001, she practiced law in California, focusing on employment law issues and litigation, and from 1997 to 2000, she served as a lecturer at Stanford Law School. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Her scholarly work has been published in a variety of law reviews and journals In 2005, she finished her first textbook, Sexual Harassment Law: History, Cases and Theory. Additionally, Professor Drobac serves on the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Trustees. She was named a John S. Grimes Fellow in 2006-07 and a Dean's Fellow in recognition of scholarly excellence in 2005-2006. Professor Drobac also received the 2005 Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award.

SACHA M. COUPET

Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Professor Coupet joined the Loyola law faculty in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Michigan in 1997 after completing her dissertation research on predictors of adjustment and well-being among African-American kinship caregivers. During her doctoral program, she served as a psychological consultant to the Michigan Child Welfare Law Resource Center, the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, county juvenile court and state human service departments. While at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she continued her psychological practice, consulting with both the Consortium Children's Growth and Development Program and Children's Service Incorporated, treatment agencies serving at-risk children in Philadelphia. In law school, she served as an Associate Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and was awarded the James Wilson Fellowship. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, and then as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. She went on to become a Dean's Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School, where she taught for two years in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic. Professor Coupet's research focuses on policy and practice issues in child and family welfare, particularly kinship care. Her approach aims to incorporate empirical inquiry into legal discourse with a particular emphasis on the use of social science research in the development of law and policy.

ELLEN MARRUS

Professor, University of Houston Law Center
Professor Ellen Marrus is a George Butler Research Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. She received her J.D. in 1990 from University of San Francisco, and her L.L.M. from Georgetown Law Center in 1992. She came to the University of Houston Law Center in 1995 after serving as a juvenile public defender in California. Professor Marrus concentrates her scholarship in the areas of children's rights, juvenile law, professionalism and clinical education.