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Bennett Capers
Adjunct Professor of Law

Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Email: capers@law.fordham.edu

Professor Capers graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Princeton University. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge John S. Martin, Jr., in the Southern District of New York before joining the Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. During his nine years as an assistant U.S. attorney, he prosecuted hundreds of federal cases, and tried approximately 20, ranging from RICO murders to insider trading, and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also served on the Capital Review Committee. In 2004, he was nominated for the Department of Justice's Director's Award for his prosecution of Tito's Crew, a drug gang that engaged in murder-for-hire and was responsible for approximately 18 homicides in New York during the early 1990s, including the murders of two informants and an attorney.

Immediately prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, Professor Capers practiced at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City, and was an adjunct associate professor at Brooklyn Law School. His scholarship explores the dialogic relationship between culture and law, and has appeared or is forthcoming in the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Hofstra Law Review, Howard Law Journal, Indiana Law Journal, NYU Review of Law and Social Change, Michigan Journal of Race and Law, and Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities.