Meltsner09.04.17 — Professor Michael Meltsner will deliver the 13th Annual Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism on Thursday, September 28, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Meltsner's talk is entitled, "Degradation Ceremonies: Constitutional and Statutory Limits of the Punishment After Punishment." In an era of mass incarceration, hundreds of thousands, disproportionately minority, are released from prison every year. They face staggering numbers of adverse legal consequences flowing from a criminal record, disabilities created by a punitive society that amount to a form of ostracism and loss of full citizenship. Efforts to end discrimination and reduce recidivism are common. What are the barriers to real reform and what can be done to overcome them? 
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About Professor Michael Meltsner

Professor Michael Meltsner was first assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1960s and served as dean of Northeastern University School of Law from 1979 until 1984. His memoir, The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer, was published in 2006. Among his other writings are: Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital PunishmentPublic Interest Advocacy; Reflections on Clinical Legal Education; and Short Takes, a novel. His most recent book, Rape, Race and Injustice, tells the story of a group of law students that was secretly sent to the South during the 1960s to collect proof of discrimination. His 2011 play, “In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years,” has been performed in New York and Boston to great acclaim.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.