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ABA honors Coleman with criminal justice award

Professor James E. Coleman Jr. was honored with the Raeder-Taslitz Award from the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Criminal Justice Section in October. The award recognizes a law professor whose excellence in scholarship, teaching, or community service has made a significant contribution to promoting public understanding of criminal justice, justice and fairness in the criminal justice system, or best practices on the part of lawyers and judges.

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    Charles L. B. Lowndes Professor of Law

    Beale teaches first year criminal law and upper-class courses in criminal justice policy and federal criminal law. Her principal academic interests include the federal government's role in the criminal justice system, the laws defining federal crimes, and various issues of criminal procedure, including prosecutorial discretion. She also researches the factors that shape public attitudes regarding crime and how those attitudes ultimately translate into legislative changes in criminal laws and procedures.