Andrew Manuel Crespo ’08, Morris Wasserstein Professor of Public Interest Law, was elected a Fellow of the American Law Institute.
Describing itself as “the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law,” the American Law Institute writes, discusses, reviews, and publishes restatements of the law, model codes, and principles by right. , who are influential in courts and legislatures, as well as in legal research and education.
Crespo was one of 59 new members elected this year, including 13 other Harvard Law School graduates:
- Reginald J. Brown ’96, partner at Kirkland & Ellis;
- Jorge L. Contreras ’91, professor at the University of Utah, SJ Quinney College of Law;
- Michael C. Duff ’95, professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law;
- Russell D. Feingold ’79, president of the American Constitution Society and U.S. Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011;
- David S. Han ’05, professor at Pepperdine University, Caruso School of Law;
- Robert J. Jackson, Jr. JD/MPP ’05, professor at New York University School of Law and former commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission from 2018 to 2020;
- Peter Karanjia LL.M. ’98, Chairman of DLA Piper’s Administrative Law Appeals Practice;
- Laura M. Kim ’00, partner at Covington & Burling;
- Jon Laramore JD/MPP ’83, executive director of Indiana Legal Services;
- Richard C. Schragger ’96, professor at the University of Virginia Law School;
- Joseph Thai ’98, professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law;
- Lisa A. Tucker ’95, professor at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law;
- Pierre-Hugues Verdier LL.M. ’04 SJD ’10, Professor at the University of Virginia Law School.
Crespo, who joined Harvard Law School in 2015 and was named a professor of law in 2019, teaches criminal law and procedure and is director of the faculty of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration. His research and academic expertise focus on the institutional design, legal frameworks, and power structures of the American penal system.
His fellowship was honored by the Association of American Law Schools and featured in the New York Times, with his leading articles appearing in the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. He is the author, with University of Chicago law professor John Rappaport ’06, of “Criminal Law and the American Penal System,” a forthcoming casebook that recasts the traditionally required criminal law course into a class on the role that law and lawyers have played in constructing and sustaining the pathologies of the modern American penal system.
In April, President Joseph Biden nominated Crespo to serve on the Presidential Commission of the Supreme Court of the United States. The 36-member panel, which includes a total of seven HLS faculty members and nine alumni from across the political spectrum, was tasked with studying the origins of the debate around Supreme Court reform, the role of Court in the American Constitutional System and the Legality and Desirability of Various Proposals for Reform.
In addition, Crespo is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the American Constitution Society and serves on the Standing Advisory Committee on Criminal Procedure Rules for the State of Massachusetts.
Prior to his college career, Crespo served as an attorney with the District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service, where he represented more than 100 adults and minors charged with serious crimes, ranging from armed robbery to burglary and homicide. As a member of the Harvard Law School faculty, he continues to be active in litigation, writing substantive and amicus briefs on a variety of issues, often working closely with his students.
While a student at HLS, he served as president of the Harvard Law Review, the first Latino to hold that position. After graduating from law school, he served for three years as a jurist, first with Justice Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, then with Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court. of the United States and finally Associate Justice Elena Kagan. 86 during his inaugural term at the Court.