I write, a lot. As a staff writer covering the law and technology beat for the ABA Journal, I’m constantly churning out articles covering cybersecurity, government and industry. I’ve also had articles published by Harvard University, Huffington Post and Wired. Below, you’ll find selected, recent publications on a variety of issues where technology is putting pressure on the legal system.
My weekly newsletter brings together novel legal, policy, and technical issues swirling around criminal justice, data, and technology. Those in the field use it to share their most recent research, job postings and upcoming events. You can sign up in the adjacent field.
AI, Big Data & Criminal Justice
The Rise of the machines—but with checks and balances, ABA Journal, June 2019.
Better Data and Smarter Data Policy for a Smarter Criminal Justice System System, Harvard University Shorenstein Center, Dec. 2018, with Colleen Chien.
Courts should pause the use of AI in criminal cases, Wired, Apr. 2017.
Kentucky tests new assessment tool to determine whether to keep defendants behind bars, ABA Journal, Apr. 2015.
The Fourth Amendment & Privacy
Changes in criminal procedure rule could expand the government's investigative net, ABA Journal, June 2017.
Inaccurate leads from IP addresses prompt police to serve warrants on innocent people, ABA Journal, May 2017.
Police face constitutional challenges for using cellphone tracking devices to locate suspects, ABA Journal, July 2016.
Law Enforcement & Public Safety
Prosecutors should create innovation offices to improve justice and public safety, ABA Journal, Jun. 2018.
Defense lawyers want to peek behind the curtain of probabilistic genotyping, ABA Journal, Dec. 2017.
Should the public have access to data police acquire through private tech companies?, ABA Journal, Dec. 2016.
New York Considers "textalyzer" bill to allow police to see if drivers were texting behind the wheel, ABA Journal, Oct. 2016.
Databases create access to police misconduct cases and offer a handy tool for defense lawyers, ABA Journal, Feb. 2016.
Release of police info draws suspicion, but it helps some defense attorneys, ABA Journal, Dec. 2015.
Expungement & Criminal Records
Use copy right law to battle mugshot extortion, ABA Journal, Mar. 2018.
Expungement and Changing Your Criminal Record, Maryland People's Law Library, Oct. 2015.
Cleaning Records by the Thousands, ABA Journal, Sept. 2015.
Helping Expunge an Inaccurate Criminal Record, the Huffington Post, Apr. 2015.
Research, Evaluation, & Critique
Emerging Technologies and the Need for Evaluation, John Jay College Research and Evaluation Center, Jan. 2016.
How to do Criminal Justice Tech the Right Way, Civicist, Jan. 2016.
The Limiting Language of Disruption, the Huffington Post, Oct. 2015.
Youth Charged as Adults: The Use and Outcomes of Transfer in Baltimore City, University of Maryland School of Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class, Nov. 2014.
Baltimore Enforces Tough Curfew for City's Teens, The Takeaway, Aug. 2014. (Audio)
Curfew drop-off centers are too little too late, the Baltimore Sun, Feb. 2014.
End automatic youth transfers in Maryland, the Baltimore Sun, Aug. 2013.
Making the case for juvenile diversion in Kosovo, AUK Democratization and Rule of Law Speaker Series, Mar. 2013. (Video)
Youth Courts International: Adopting an American Juvenile Diversion Scheme Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Oregon Review of International Law, Mar. 2013.