Richard Klein received his B.S., with honors from the University of Wisconsin; Masters and Doctoral Degrees in International Affairs, Columbia University; J.D. from Harvard Law School. Professor Klein was a Ford Foundation Fellow in International Development at both Harvard and Columbia Universities. He has been a grant recipient from the Harvard Law School Civil Rights Coordinating Committee as well as from the Harvard Law School Center for Criminal Justice. Professor Klein served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Somalia, and worked for 10 years as a trial attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society. He has been a member of the faculty at Hofstra Law School and CUNY Law School, and a Visitor at the Law Department of the University of Hong Kong. He has received numerous awards from students in appreciation of his teaching, and is active with several committees of the Criminal Justice Sections of both the American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools, having served as Section Chair. He has taught International Human Rights law in China, India, Russia and Israel. His scholarly publications have focused on the Constitutional Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel, Constitutional Challenges to the Death Penalty, and International Human Rights issues focusing on the People’s Republic of China.
A Criminal Quartet: The Supreme Court's Resolution of Four Critical Issues in the Criminal Justice System, 29 Touro L. Rev. 603 (2013)
New Paths for the Court: Protections Afforded Juveniles Under Miranda; Effective Assistance of Counsel; and Habeas Corpus Decisions of The Supreme Court’s 2010/2011 Term, 28 Touro L. Rev. 353 (2012)
The Role of Defense Counsel in Ensuring a Fair Justice System, The Champion (Magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), June 2012, at 38 (2012)
Supreme Court decisions are replete with statements about how crucial it is to have a...
Supreme Court Criminal Law Jurisprudence: Fair Trials, Cruel Punishment, and Ethical Lawyering—October 2009 Term, 27 Touro L. Rev. 149 (2011)
Supreme Court Criminal Law Jurisprudence - October 2008 Term, 26 Touro L. Rev. 545 (2010)
Recent Landmark Criminal Law Decisions of the Supreme Court: The Jurisprudence of the Supreme Court: Fair Trial, Juvenile Justice, the Death Penalty, and the Right to Counsel, Lambert Publishing (2012)
The Supreme Court has recently adjudicated some crucial issues regarding criminal matters and constitutional jurisprudence....