Benjamin Levin

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law

2016-2017

Biography

Benjamin Levin studies criminal law and its collateral consequences.  His research focuses on the ways in which the criminal justice system interacts with tort, civil rights, and labor and employment law doctrines.  His primary teaching interests include criminal law and procedure, tort law, labor and employment law, and evidence. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review Forum, the Fordham Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Review, and the Albany Law Review.  His writing for general audiences has appeared in Time, Salon, and OnLabor

He earned his B.A., with distinction, from Yale University and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.  At Harvard, he received the Irving Oberman Memorial Award for the best paper on law and social change, served as Executive Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and worked as a torts teaching assistant.  After graduation, he worked at the civil rights firm of Neufeld Scheck and Brustin, LLP, where he focused on cases involving police and prosecutorial misconduct.  He then clerked for Judge Lawrence E. Kahn of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

As a Climenko Fellow, he has designed and taught an upper-level elective, Overcriminalization and the Limits of Criminal Law, in addition to teaching First-Year Legal Research and Writing.  In 2016, he was an inaugural recipient of the Harvard Law School Student Government Teaching and Advising Award, as nominated and voted on by the student body.

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