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Cornell Law School Annual New Jersey Reception

Thursday, April 26, 2018
West Orange, NJ
Joseph E. Krakora, JD `83
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Law School Alumni Affairs

You are cordially invited to the Cornell Law School Alumni Association Annual New Jersey Reception with Dean Eduardo Peñalver

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Reception to include hors d’oeuvres, dessert, open bar.
Remarks at 7:00 PM.
Highlawn Pavilion
Eagle Rock Reservation
West Orange, NJ
(GPS Directions: 381 Eagle Rock Avenue)
$20 per person
Please register on-line or by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at 607.255.5251 by Wednesday, April 18th.
See Who's Coming
Special thanks to our planning committee:

  • David Cronheim, AB ’07, JD ’10
  • Jeffrey Feld, JD ’83
  • Katherine Ward Feld, MBA ’82, JD ’83
  • Harris Freier, JD ’06
  • Natalya Johnson, AB ’07, JD ‘10
  • Ilana Pearl, AB ’98, JD ’05, LLM ’05

Joseph E. Krakora, JD ’83
New Jersey Public Defender

“New Jersey’s Public Defender - Leading the Way in Criminal Justice Reform”
Joseph E. Krakora was originally sworn in as New Jersey’s Public Defender on June 28, 2011. Under his leadership, the New Jersey State Office of the Public Defender (NJOPD) has built a reputation as one of the best offices in the country.
Mr. Krakora joined the NJOPD in 1986 and has held numerous positions in the agency since that time. He served as an Assistant Public Defender and Director of Capital and Special Litigation from 2002 until 2010. As Director of Capital Litigation, Mr. Krakora handled numerous death penalty cases until the abolition of the death penalty in December 2007. He has built a reputation as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in New Jersey, and gained recognition for obtaining acquittals in high profile cases.
Mr. Krakora has recruited talented attorneys from diverse backgrounds, expanded the office’s training programs, and upgraded the agency’s technology and facilities. He assumed a leadership role in N.J.’s recently enacted criminal justice reform that eliminated its discriminatory monetary bail system of pretrial release. While “a handful of other states like Kentucky and Colorado have pursued bail changes, New Jersey stands apart as having the most far-reaching overhaul.”
Mr. Krakora is a graduate of Princeton University and Cornell Law School.