Note: At the request of a person who has expressed some interest in this offer as originally posted, I have deleted the following two sentences, which were the last sentences of the third and fourth paragraphs respectively: “I know just such a person.” and “I know just such an individual.” I made the deletions in order to avoid the implication (unintended in any event) that the offer would be contingent on having control over any hiring decisions. The deletions are indicated by strike-throughs.
Here is the post as revised.
There is no more important job in the law than that of prosecutor. Because prosecutors have so much power, they ought to have superb judgment, be technically excellent and have the strength of character to do the right thing in the face of public outrage and political pressure. Prosecutors should also have the resources necessary to do excellent work. One of Connecticut’s law schools could serve the academy, the state and the nation by establishing a program to study the prosecutorial function and train prosecutors in Connecticut and around the nation. The law school that chooses to take up this challenge will make a name for itself that will attract national attention and may attract additional funding. More importantly, that law school will be making a contribution to the cause of justice on a practical, day to day basis that affects the lives of citizens and communities.
It is sometimes said that the prosecutor’s real client is justice. There is no more important or difficult client to serve. Law Schools are in a unique position to help prosecutors understand and do justice. I suspect that a top notch, experienced prosecutor is in a unique position to help law schools understand what justice means as well.
The first hire should be an extraordinary individual. Someone who has twenty-five years or so of prosecutorial experience trying major felonies. Someone who is involved in the community outside the courthouse and who has the capacity and strength of character to exercise the kind of judgment necessary to serve justice. Someone who, despite the years of battles in court and the tremendous personal toll that criminal trial work exacts from all who practice it at the highest levels, has the energy and commitment necessary to figure out and to do what justice requires in each case. I know just such a person.
The other leader of the Institute For The Study of The Prosecutorial Function and Training of Prosectors should be an academic whose area of expertise is criminal law but who, somewhere along the way, has had practical experience. This person will bring the invaluable element of thoughtful detachment to the program, a different but informed perspective from that of the professional prosecutor. I know just such an individual.
I invite Quinnipiac, Uconn and Yale to explore this idea and to take steps to establish such a program. Perhaps one or more of those schools could collaborate in the creation the program.
There is a possibility of a $100,000 grant payable over four years to help start the process of creating the program. The hiring of an adjunct professor might be one, modest way to start.
I invite Uconn, Yale or Quinnipiac to contact me to discuss this further.