Andrew Manuel Crespo
Assistant Professor of Law
Andrew Manuel Crespo is an Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches criminal law and criminal procedure. Professor Crespo’s research focuses on the institutional design and administration of the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on the administrative role courts play in regulating law enforcement behavior. His recent article, Systemic Facts, was published in the Harvard Law Review and was honored by the AALS Criminal Justice Section as the best paper on criminal justice issues written by a tenure-track professor in 2015. An earlier article, Regaining Perspective, was featured in the New York Times, and his forthcoming paper, The Hidden Law of Plea Bargaining, will soon be published in the Columbia Law Review. Professor Crespo's writing also appears in The Boston Globe as well as online at Lawfare and Take Care.
Prior to beginning his academic career, Professor Crespo served as a Staff Attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he represented adults and juveniles charged with serious felonies, ranging from armed robberies, to burglaries, to homicides. Professor Crespo graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2008, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review, the first Latino to hold that position. Following law school, Professor Crespo served for three years as a law clerk, initially to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, then to Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court, and finally to Associate Justice Elena Kagan during her inaugural term on the Court.