HUC-UC Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems Welcomes Professor Mark Stavsky as Scholar-in-Residence

Monday, July 1, 2002

HUC-UC Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems is pleased to welcome Professor Mark Stavsky as the 2002-2003 Scholar-in-Residence. Professor Stavsky is an attorney and noted legal scholar who has lectured in countries around the world, including Japan, England, Pakistan, and Thailand. "We are honored to have Professor Stavsky as part of our community this year and to offer our students the opportunity to learn with such a scholar," commented Rabbi Kenneth E. Ehrlich, dean of the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Professor Stavsky currently teaches at Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, specializing in criminal procedure, evidence, trial advocacy, white-collar crime, comparative law, and prisoner's rights. During his year of residency, Professor Stavsky will teach a joint course in "Criminality and Civil Disability" at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in addition to offering a lecture and conducting research.

The joint course will address the implications of criminality. "Members of our society endure civil disabilities following the discharge of their sentences," explained Stavsky, who is the director of the Kentucky Innocence Project. "Such disabilities range from the prohibition to bear arms to the inability to exercise the right to vote." Dr. Jonathan Cohen, director of the HUC-UC Ethics Center, who will co-teach the joint course said, "It will offer contemporary American and Jewish perspectives on the subject of criminality, guilt, and innocence, as well as various issues relating to the re-integration of offenders into society."

A 1973 graduate of Northwestern University, Professor Stavsky earned the degree of Juris Doctor magna cum laude from DePaul University College of Law in 1976 and received a Master of Laws degree (in Criminal Justice) in 1982 from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Marshall Fellow in Civil Liberties. His most recent publication is entitled The Journey to Miranda and Beyond: The Development of the Constitutional Right to Counsel During Interrogation (1998).


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