Juvenile Justice Expert Quinn to Join Law Faculty

Mae Quinn

Mae Quinn, who specializes in juvenile justice representation, problem-solving courts, and clinical legal education, has accepted an offer to join the Washington University Law faculty as a professor of law, beginning July 1. She will be teaching Criminal Law and in the Civil Justice Clinic, which will be developing a youth advocacy component.

Kent Syverud, dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor, celebrated Quinn’s appointment as a culmination of strategic planning for the school’s direct-supervision clinical programs. “Professor Quinn is a national leader in clinical education who will bring an exciting strength to our Civil Justice Clinic and to our faculty and curriculum,” he said.

Annette Appell, associate dean of clinical affairs and professor of law, added: “Professor Quinn is a passionate and energetic professor whose national reputation stems from her zealous legal advocacy and her critical examination of problem-solving courts and therapeutic jurisprudence. She will be an excellent addition to the law school and its clinical program.”

Quinn has been a member of the University of Tennessee College of Law since 2005. Her current research focuses on ethical and legal issues relating to the defense of the accused, in part comparing contemporary criminal court movements with those of the past and examining the role of women lawyers in such movements.

At the University of Tennessee, she has taught in the Advocacy Clinic, where she supervised students serving as criminal and juvenile defense counsel, handling landlord-tenant cases, and representing unemployment benefits claimants.

She previously practiced for several years as a New York City public defender. During that time, she represented indigent, criminal defendants in trials, appeals, and post-conviction proceedings. She also was an associate with a prominent white-collar criminal defense law firm and helped oversee a project related to the implications of problem-solving courts for the Center for Court Innovation.

Quinn taught as an E. Barrett Prettyman clinical fellow in Georgetown University’s Criminal Justice Clinic and as an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Quinn chairs the Juvenile Justice Committee for the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is active in other groups seeking to reform Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice System. She received this year’s Harold C. Warner teaching award, an honor bestowed annually by the University of Tennessee College of Law student body.  In 2008 she was honored with a University of Tennessee Woman of Achievement Chancellor’s Award and awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to travel to Honduras to assist in clinical legal education and juvenile justice efforts in that country.

She received her bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Albany, her J.D. from the University of Texas, and her LL.M. from Georgetown University.