Deborah A. RamirezProfessor of Law
Northwestern University, BA 1977
Harvard University, JD 1981
Mail: 416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-4629
Fax: (617) 373-5056
Professor Ramirez is a criminal justice expert. She teaches criminal justice for first year students, along with advanced courses in criminal procedure and post-9/11 civil rights vis-à-vis counter-terrorism. She also seeks to actively engage the student body in topics relating to criminal law in additional projects, including assistance to Northeastern’s Criminal Justice Society, along with presentations on extradition in conjunction with Northeastern’s first-year social justice projects in the Legal Skills in Social Context program. Beyond this, she works extensively with Northeastern’s Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA).
Professor Ramirez frequently works with academia, law enforcement, and community leaders in the US and Europe to implement community-partnership based counter-terrorism programs. Her belief is that we will only truly be safe from terrorist attacks when law enforcement adopts a strategy focused on building trust and strengthening relationships with the American Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities. Her written work includes a “Promising Practices Guide” on how to develop partnerships between law enforcement and these communities.
Before joining the Northeastern faculty in 1989, Professor Ramirez was an associate with the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr and an assistant US attorney in Boston, where she was assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Task Force Unit. In that position, she was in charge of numerous investigations, trials and appeals.
Professor Ramirez is an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association board and a member of the board of advisors for Harvard Law School’s Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Law Review.
Fields of Expertise
- Community Policing and Racial Profiling
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- National Security Law
- Race and Racism and the Law
- “Multiracial Identity in a Color-Conscious World,” in The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier, ed. M. Root (Sage Publications, 1996).
- “To Fight Terrorism, Treat Muslim-Americans With Respect,” The Huffington Post (December 1, 2015) (co-author).
- “Shifting American Police From Warriors to Guardians,” The Huffington Post (May 28, 2015) (co-author).
- “A Blueprint for Local Police Reform to Improve Legitimacy,” The Huffington Post (December 24, 2014) (co-author).
- “This is What the End of Racial Profiling Looks Like,” The Guardian (December 7, 2014) (co-author).
- “Balancing Security and Liberty in a Post-September 11th World: The Search for Common Sense in Domestic Counterterrorism Policy,” 14 Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review 495 (2005).
- “Developing Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and the American Muslim, Arab, and Sikh Communities: A Promising Practices Guide,” The Partnership for Prevention and Community Safety Initiative (May 2004).
- “Defining Racial Profiling in a Post-September 11th World,” 40 Georgetown University American Criminal Law Review 1195 (Summer 2003).
- “Contemporary Challenges to Gender Equality,” 43 New York Law Review 159 (1999).
- “Affirmative Jury Selection: A Proposal to Advance Both the Deliberative Ideal and Jury Diversity,” 1998 University of Chicago Legal Forum 161 (1998).
- “Multicultural Empowerment: It’s Not Just Black and White Anymore,” 47 Stanford Law Review 957 (1995).
- “A Brief Historical Overview of the Use of the Mixed Jury,” 31 American Criminal Law Review 1213 (1994).
- Video: “Policing Testimony from Professor Deborah Ramirez,” House Judiciary Committee (May 19, 2015).