Nina Chernoff is an Associate Professor at the CUNY School of Law. Prior to joining CUNY’s faculty, Nina was an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University Law School. Before entering academia, Nina was a staff attorney in the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). In that capacity she litigated systemic criminal justice issues, including prosecutorial misconduct, jury representation, and the reliability of forensic evidence. Prior to PDS, she was a staff attorney and Zubrow Fellow at Juvenile Law Center, where she advocated on behalf of children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Nina graduated from Georgetown University Law Center magna cum laude in 2003, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif, served on the board of the Innocence Project for the National Capital Region, and received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award for the D.C. Legislation Clinic. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College in 1997 and her M.S. with distinction in Justice, Law & Society from the School of Public Affairs at American University in 2000. Before law school, Nina worked on programs and policies affecting at-risk youth at Public/Private Ventures in Philadelphia.


Selected Publications

Wrong About the Right: How Courts Undermine the Fair Cross-Section Guarantee by Confusing it With Equal Protection, 64 Hastings L. J. 141 (Dec. 2012)

Forensic Science: The Prosecutor’s Role in FORENSIC SCIENCE AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE: CRITICAL ISSUES AND DIRECTIONS (K. Strom and M. Hickman, eds., SAGE) (2014)

“The 16 Things Every Defense Attorney Should Know About Fair Cross-Section Challenges,” with Dr. Joseph B. Kadane, The Champion , National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Dec. 2013)

Preempting Jury Challenges: Strategies for Courts and Jury System Administrators, with Dr. Joseph B. Kadane, 33 Just. Sys. J. 47 (2012); adapted for and reprinted in JURYWORK: SYSTEMATIC TECHNIQUES § 5:40 (2013-2014 ed.)


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