K. Babe Howell, Professor, teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Trial Advocacy and Lawyering Skills. A graduate of Harvard College, Professor Howell received her J.D. from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden Snow Public Interest Scholar.
Professor Howell's scholarship focuses on the intersection of the criminal justice system and race. She is particularly interested in the effects of policing of minor offenses and alleged gang affiliations and the impact such policing has on the legitimacy of the criminal justice system and communities of color.
Prior to joining CUNY Law, Professor Howell taught the Criminal Justice Clinic at Hofstra School of Law for two years, supervising students as they represented defendants in criminal court in both Nassau County and Queens County.
Prior to teaching at Hofstra, Professor Howell was Associate Director at the NYU School of Law Lawyering Program, teaching lawyering skills, supervising other professors and coordinating curriculum development.
Before joining academia, Professor Howell was a practicing trial lawyer in the area of criminal defense in New York City for eight years. During this time, she worked at both The Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan and at The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Professor Howell also clerked for the Honorable Gene Carter of the Federal District Court in Maine. Before attending law school, she worked for several years in the area of civil legal services focusing on housing rights, homelessness prevention, and benefits advocacy.
In The News
NYPD Responds to Watchdog's Broken Windows Report With Insults and Anecdotes
The Village Voice September 8, 2016
Footage of the Largest Gang Raid in NYPD History Reveals the Agency's Military-Style Tactics
The Nation September 1, 2016
In New York Gang Sweeps, Prosecutors Use Conspiracy Laws to Score Easy Convictions
The Intercept Jul, 2016
More Than 100 Arrested In Largest Gang Takedown In NYC History
All Things Considered Apr 27, 2016
Why I Teach at CUNY Law?
"I teach at CUNY Law School because both students and faculty bring a diversity of rich experiences and a singular commitment to advancing social justice."