NYU Shanghai Talk

The Role of Court-Appointed NYPD Monitors
Peter Zimroth
Date & Time
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 15:00 to 16:30
Room 1505, 1555 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
As a remedy for NYC Police Department's illegal practices of stopping and questioning city residents without sufficient cause, based in part on impermissible considerations of race, a federal judge appointed Peter Zimroth, former federal and state prosecutor, to act as federal monitor of the NYPD.  Mr. Zimroth will speak on his role in approving new policing  policies and assessing their effectiveness in remedying the legal violations.  Come hear how the judicial system uses a monitor  to insure that America's largest police department protects public safety, civil rights, and racial equality.
Mr. Peter Zimroth is the Director of the Center on Civil Justice and teaches as an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law. He serves as the court appointed independent monitor for the New York Police Department (NYPD) in the stop and frisk matter.
Peter Zimroth is the author of Perversions of Justice (Viking Press 1974), a book about political trials, as well as articles the Yale Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, the National Law Journal, and the New York Times on topics ranging from the attempted Staten Island secession from New York City, plea bargaining, the ethical and legal role of New York City’s corporation counsel, asset forfeiture and the right to counsel.
An accomplished trial lawyer and appellate advocate, Mr. Zimroth is recognized as a leading litigator in products liability, commercial, securities, and white collar crime matters. He has tried jury and nonjury cases and arbitrations, argued appeals at every level of state and federal court (including in the US Supreme Court), and represented clients before government and regulatory agencies, disciplinary panels, and congressional committees.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Zimroth was corporation counsel of the City of New York. The corporation counsel, the city's chief legal officer, is in charge of all the city's legal business, and heads the city's law department of more than 500 lawyers. As corporation counsel, Mr. Zimroth supervised major litigations and provided counsel on employment issues, major economic development projects, city contract and procurement policies, environmental, healthcare, law enforcement, transportation and education issues, tort and products liability, and legislation. He was the architect of the city's law providing for the public financing of city elections, a law which has become the model for local legislation around the country. Mr. Zimroth served as an assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York (securities fraud unit) and as the chief assistant district attorney in Manhattan, the highest non-elected position in the district attorney's office. He was a tenured professor at the New York University School of Law and a law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas and to Chief Judge David Bazelon of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. From 1990 to 2015, Mr. Zimroth was a partner in Arnold & Porter LLP.
Mr. Zimroth has been published on a wide variety of subjects in the Yale Law Journal, The New York Times, and The New York Law Journal. 
Introduction and moderation of the Q&A by Roderick Hills, William T. Comfort, III Professor of Law at NYU.
Location & Details

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  • There is no public parking on campus
  • Entrance only through the South Lobby (1555 Century Avenue) 
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Metro: Century Avenue Station, Metro Lines 2/4/6/9 Exit 6 in location B

Bus: Century Avenue at Pudian Road, Bus Lines 169/987