Fordham Law School Welcomes Bennett Capers and Maggie Wittlin to Faculty


Fordham Law School announced today that Bennett Capers and Maggie Wittlin have been appointed to the faculty. The professors will begin teaching in the fall.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bennett and Maggie to Fordham Law School. Our community will undoubtedly benefit tremendously from their strong teaching experience, intellectual rigor, and unique perspectives,” said Fordham Law School Dean Matthew Diller. 

Professor Bennett Capers will be teaching at Fordham Law School starting in the fall. He will also serve as the director of the Center on Race, Justice, and Law. Capers comes to Fordham from Brooklyn Law School where he was the Stanley A. August Professor of Law and focused on teaching evidence, criminal procedure, and criminal law. His academic interests include the relationship between race, gender, technology, and criminal justice, and he is a prolific writer on these topics. 

Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School, he taught at Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as associate dean of faculty development in 2010-11, and where he received the 2009 Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. He has thrice been voted Teacher of the Year, is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a director of research for the Uniform Laws Commission, a Senior Technology Fellow at the NYU Policing Project, and has served as chair of the AALS Criminal Justice Section and Chair of the AALS Law and Humanities Section. Governor Cuomo has twice appointed him to serve on judicial screening committees, first the New York State Judicial Screening Committee for the New York Court of Claims, and then the New York Judicial Screening Committee for the Second Department. In 2013, he served as Chairperson of the AALS 2013 Conference on Criminal Justice. That same year, Judge Scheindlin appointed him to Chair the Academic Advisory Council to assist in implementing the remedial order in the stop-and-frisk class action Floyd v. City of New York.  He has also served as a mayoral appointee to the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Prior to teaching, he spent nearly ten years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. His work trying several federal racketeering cases earned him a nomination for the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award in 2004. He also practiced with the firms of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Willkie Farr & Gallagher. He clerked for the Hon. John S. Martin, Jr. of the Southern District of New York. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded the Class of 1983 Prize, and of Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

“I was a visiting professor at Fordham Law School years ago, so joining the faculty now really feels like coming home. I’m especially excited about taking the helm of the Center on Race, Law, and Justice,” said Professor Capers.

Associate Professor Maggie Wittlin joins the Fordham Law faculty from the University of Nebraska College of Law, where she was an assistant professor for four years and was twice voted 1L Professor of the Year. Her research focuses on evidence, as well as criminal and civil procedure, intellectual property, and law and behavioral sciences. Wittlin was previously an associate in law at Columbia Law School. Prior to that, she practiced at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, focusing on patent litigation. She clerked for the Honorable Raymond J. Lohier, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Wittlin received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Cultural Cognition Project and a Coker Fellow. She received her B.S. from Yale University magna cum laude with distinction in physics, and she worked as a science writer before law school.

“I’m thrilled to join the extraordinary community of faculty and students at Fordham,” she said. “My new colleagues are impressive and influential scholars, dedicated teachers and mentors, and committed advocates for justice; I can’t wait to work alongside them and learn from them. And with Fordham’s outstanding Evidence faculty – now including Bennett Capers – I can’t think of a better place to write about proof and decision-making.”


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