Steve Zeidman, Professor, Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic, has spent the last 25 years working in the area of criminal defense. A graduate of Duke University School of Law, he is a highly-respected trial lawyer and former supervisor at the Legal Aid Society. He began his teaching career with substantive and clinical courses and has taught at Fordham, Pace, and New York University (where he won the NYU Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award). Prior to joining the CUNY faculty in 2002, he was Executive Director of the Fund for Modern Courts, a nonpartisan court reform organization. He advocates on behalf of indigent defendants in many venues, including as a member of the Indigent Defense Organization Oversight Committee. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of Prisoners' Legal Services and has also served on several statewide commissions, including the Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services and the Jury Project. He has made numerous presentations on a range of issues, including judicial selection, hearsay, and the ethical dimensions of the effective assistance of counsel. His published work has been cited in numerous law reviews and journals, as well as by the New York Court of Appeals.
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