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Philadelphia’s District Attorney and Chief Public Defender Team Up to Teach New Course

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner and Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey

January 28, 2019

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey of the Defender Association of Philadelphia are co-teaching a new course through an innovative partnership between the Kline School of Law, Penn Law and Temple’s Beasley School of Law.

Drexel, Penn and Temple hired Krasner and Bradford-Grey to teach 21st Century Prosecution & Defense to law students enrolled at all three schools during the spring 2019 semester.

The two-credit course is designed to explore efforts to reverse adverse impacts of criminal justice as it has been practiced in the past and to envision components of the system of the future.

Classes will cover a range of topics including: mass incarceration, charging decisions and bail, interviewing victims and defendants, participatory defense models and sentencing philosophies.  

Eight class sessions will be held at the Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy, two will be held at Penn and one will be held at Temple.

Krasner, a longtime criminal defense attorney who specialized in civil rights, was elected district attorney of Philadelphia in 2017. He received his JD from Stanford Law School.

Bradford-Grey, who was named chief defender in 2015, previously served as chief defender for the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office and as a trial lawyer with the Defender Association and Delaware Federal Public Defender’s Office. She received her JD from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law.