Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Professor Myrna Raeder to be Honored by ABA Criminal Justice Section September 13, 2013
Professor Myrna Raeder to be Honored by ABA Criminal Justice Section

Professor Myrna Raeder has been selected to receive the prestigious Charles R. English Award from the Criminal Justice Section (CJS) of the American Bar Association (ABA). The award is bestowed on judges, prosecutors, members of the defense bar, academics and other attorneys who are members of the Section and have distinguished themselves by their work in the field of criminal justice. She will be presented with the award at the Fall meeting of the CJS on November 1 in Washington D.C.

"Professor Myrna Raeder is an exceptional choice for recipient of the Charles R. English Award," said Matthew Redle, Chair of the English Award Selection Committee and CJS Council member. "In over 30 years of service to the Criminal Justice Section, Myrna has served as Chair of the Section and as editor and author of Section publications, parented our efforts at Law Student Outreach, and served as our liaison to the ABA's Commission on Domestic Violence and Youth at Risk. She has been a tireless advocate on behalf of victims of child abuse and the wrongly accused, improving juvenile justice and supporting gender equity within the field. In a career marked by service to the criminal justice community in ways literally too numerous to mention, Myrna is a shining example of the value of subordinating the parochial interests of prosecution and defense in favor of the broader interests of justice and fairness."

Professor Raeder's recent activities exemplify her dedication and involvement. She is the editor and author of the introductory chapter of The State of Criminal Justice (ABA Criminal Justice Section, 2013). She recently spoke at an invitational interdisciplinary research conference sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and organized by the American Bar Foundation on the effects of parental incarceration on children, where most of the speakers were from other nationally renowned research universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Northwestern and New York University. She was also quoted in a BNA United States Law Week Reporter article on child hearsay and in an ABA Journal article on crime lab scandals. She is the scheduled speaker at the biannual meeting of the Adult and Juvenile Female Offender Organization regarding legal issues concerning female offenders, and the AALS Annual Meeting Evidence Section program on confrontation clause issues related to children. Professor Raeder is also a participant in the ABA Female Trailblazer project now hosted by the ABA Senior Division.

As a nationally recognized expert in evidence and procedure who is also a leader in promoting gender equity in the criminal justice system and expanded opportunities for women lawyers, in 2002, Professor Raeder was one of the first legal educators to receive the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, one of the ABA's highest honors.

"We're so very pleased that the ABA has recognized Professor Myrna Raeder once again by bestowing on her the prestigious Charles R. English Award," Dean Austen Parrish said. "Myrna is an expert in the areas of juvenile justice and evidence, but she has inspired many with her work on women's and children's rights. Myrna's leadership as a nationally known scholar whose work has made a difference on the ground, exemplifies the best of what Southwestern stands for. Her recognition is so well-deserved and befitting."