Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic are selected to engage in field work in Manhattan Criminal Court, representing misdemeanors from the case's inception through final disposition. A companion seminar offers intensive instruction in criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence.
Criminal Defense Clinic Co-Directors
Professor Jonathan Oberman
Jonathan Oberman is a Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic. Over his twenty years at Cardozo, Oberman has taught Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Wrongful Convictions, and Ethics of Criminal Advocacy. In addition he teaches the Defense Clinic Seminar and directs the Criminal Defense Clinic, supervises students in the Criminal Appeals Clinic, and in the past litigated cases with the Innocence Project.
Professor Kathryn Miller
Kathryn Miller is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic. She has more than a decade of experience as a public defender and has litigated capital cases in multiple states. She comes to Cardozo from Berkeley Law, where she spent four years supervising students in the school’s death penalty clinic.
CDC Students Call Out Deplorable Conditions and Policy Failures at Rikers Island
In spring 2022, the Criminal Defense Clinic authored a letter to Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams on behalf of people incarcerated at Rikers Island.
Cardozo Criminal Defense Clinic – Rikers Island Letter