Law professor visits Mexico City to present on criminal justice reform

March 9, 2016 | News, UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps

Jelani Jefferson Exum, professor of law at The University of Toledo College of Law, recently traveled to Mexico City as a guest lecturer at the Cross-Border Institute for Legal Studies.

In January, she delivered a presentation titled “International Perspectives on Criminal Justice Reform.” Exum’s lecture explored the ways in which current criminal justice reform efforts in the United States fit into the changes being made in criminal justice systems in other countries.



“The faculty at the UT College of Law impacts the study and practice of law at all levels: local, state, national and international,” said Eric Chaffee, associate dean for faculty research and development in the College of Law. “Professor Exum’s invitation to present in Mexico is yet another example of our scholars having a global impact.”

Exum mainly writes in the area of sentencing law and policy, but her research interests also include comparative criminal law and procedure and the impact of race on criminal justice. She recently was invited to join the editorial board of the Federal Sentencing Reporter.

Before joining academia, Exum served as a law clerk for James Dennis, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Eldon Fallon, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Exum is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

The Cross-Border Institute for Legal Studies was developed by Arizona Summit Law School to create new opportunities for both American and Mexican students and practitioners seeking to develop specialized knowledge and experience to enhance their practice.

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