Mae Quinn
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Mae C. Quinn
Professor of Law
Director, Youth Justice Clinic

B.A., SUNY Albany; J.D., University of Texas School of Law; LL.M., Georgetown Law Center

Mae C. Quinn a Professor of Law and Director of the Youth Justice Clinic at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. Professor Quinn is a leading voice in legal education and law reform. Her scholarly work bears witness to the ways in which law and legal institutions may create and perpetuate marginalization and vulnerability. At the same time, it promotes action and change, offering concrete legal solutions and methods for improvement. Her teaching and litigation have been recognized with numerous honors – including the Missouri Lawyers’ Legal Champion Award – and highlighted by national and international press outlets, including National Public Radio, The Washington Post, the Nation and Australian public television.

Professor Quinn’s juvenile defense and second-chance sentencing initiatives for youthful offenders, undertaken in collaboration with law students, have been used as practice models, are included in training materials produced by the National Juvenile Defender Center and have contributed to United States Department of Justice reform efforts. Quinn has also served as an expert witness before the Ferguson Commission, legislative bodies and in other settings, in addition to training legal professionals across the country at programs like the Darrow-Baldus Criminal Defense College, Ethical Society of Police, National Association of Children’s Counsel and National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

In 2015, Professor Quinn was recruited from her tenured professorship at Washington University at St. Louis to become the Inaugural Director of the MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis (MJC-STL), a community-based, civil rights law office established in response to events in Ferguson. During her two-year leave from academia to launch MJC-STL, Professor Quinn sued the City of St. Louis to end municipal court cash bail practices, surfaced Missouri parole board misconduct resulting in the forced resignation of a Board member and personally represented juvenile defendants, parents and #BlackLivesMatter protesters – including successfully defending an individual arrested at a Donald Trump rally for allegedly laughing at the candidate. Quinn also served as lead counsel for a state-wide federal class action that resulted in Missouri’s parole revocation system being deemed unconstitutional for neither providing hearings nor appointing counsel for thousands of indigent parolees. Reforms stemming from Quinn’s advocacy and scholarship continue in Missouri.

Professor Quinn has also taught at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Florida Levin College of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law, Pennsylvania State College of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at law schools in Honduras.

Professor Quinn’s scholarship, cited widely by courts, advocates and academics alike, has been published in leading journals including the Boston College Law Review, BYU Law Review, Iowa law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, Harvard Journal of Gender and Law and New York University Review of Law and Social Change.



  • Constitutionally Incapable: Parole Boards as Sentencing Courts, 73 SMU Law Review 565 (2019).
  • Wealth Accumulation at Elite Private Colleges, the Endowment Tax & How Donald Trump Got One Thing Right, 54 Wake Forest L. Rev. 451 (2019)(selected article for Law and Society Symposium issue).
  • Fallen Woman (Re)Framed: Judge Jean Hortense Norris, New York City – 1912-1955, 67 Kansas L. Rev. 451 (2019).
  • “Post-Ferguson” Social Engineering: Problem-Solving Justice or Just Posturing, 59 Howard L. Rev. 739 (2016)(invited/symposium).
  • In Loco Juvenile Justice: Minors in Munis, Cash from Kids & Adolescent Pro Se Advocacy – Ferguson and Beyond, 2015 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 1247 (2015).
  • Giving Kids their Due: Theorizing a Modern Fourteenth Amendment Framework for Juvenile Defense Counsel, 99 Iowa Law Review 101 (2014)(invited/symposium).
  • From Turkey Trot to Twitter: Policing Puberty, Purity, and Sex Positivity, 20 N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change 51 (2014).
  • The “Other” “Missouri Model”: Systemic Juvenile Injustice in the Show Me State, 78 Missouri Law Review 1193 (2013)(invited/symposium).
  • Feminist Legal Realism, 35 Harvard J. of L. and Gender 1 (2012).
  • Modern Problem-Solving Court Movement: Domination of Discourse/Untold Stories of Criminal Justice Reform, 31 Wash. U. J. of L. and Policy 57 (2010)(invited/symposium).
  • Reconceptualizing Competence: An Appeal, 66 Washington & Lee L. Rev. 259 (2009).
  • Anna Kross and the Home Term Part: Second Look at the Nation’s First Criminal Domestic Violence Court, 41 Akron L. Rev. 733 (2008)(invited/symposium).
  • RSVP to Professor Wexler’s TJ Invitation to the Criminal Defense Bar: Unable to Join You, Already Engaged, 48 Boston College L. Rev. 539 (2007).
  • Revisiting Anna Kross’s Critique of Women’s Court: Problem of Solving Prostitution with Specialized Courts, 33 Fordham Urb. L.J. 665 (2006)(invited/symposium).
  • Whose Team am I on Anyway? Musings of a Public Defender about Drug Treatment Court Practice, 26 N.Y.U. Rev. of L. and Social Change 37 (2001).

Essays and Shorter Works

  • Black Women and Girls and the 26th Amendment: Activist Intersections & the First Wave Youth Suffrage Movement, 43 Seattle L. Rev. ___ (draft in progress – forthcoming 2020)(invited/symposium).
  • Article III Adultification of Kids: Troubling Implications of Federal Delinquency Prosecution, 7 Wash. & Lee J. Civ. Rts. & Just. ___ (forthcoming 2020)(invited/symposium – co-authoring with UF Law student).
  • Article III Adultification of Kids: Troubling Implications of Federal Youth Transfers, 26 Wash. & Lee J. Civ. Rts. & Just. 523 (2020)(invited/symposium – co-authored with UF Law student).
  • Youth Suffrage: In Support of the Second Wave, 53 Akron L. Rev. 355 (2019) (co-authored with four University of Florida Law students).
  • Fallen Woman Further (Re)Framed: Judge Jean Hortense Norris, 69 Kansas L. Rev. 451 (2019).
  • Missouri *@!!?@! – Too Slow, 62 St. Louis U.L.J. 847 (2018)(invited/symposium).
  • Civil Arrest? (Another) St. Louis Case Study in Unconstitutionality, 52 Wash. U.J. of L. & Policy 95 (2016) (invited/symposium; co-authored with fellow Ferguson activist).
  • Chaining Kids to the Ever-Turning Wheel: Other Contemporary Costs of Juvenile Court Involvement, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 160 (2016) (invited/co-authored with student Candace Johnson).
  • Against Professing: Practicing Critical Criminal Procedure, 60 St. Louis U.L.J. 515 (2015) (invited/symposium).
  • The Fallout from our Blackboard Battlegrounds: A Call for Withdrawal and a New Way Forward, 15 Iowa J. of Gender, Race & Justice 541 (2012)(invited/symposium).
  • Evolving Standards in Juvenile Justice: Gault, Graham, Beyond, 38 Wash. U.J. of L. and Policy 1 (2012)(invited/symposium).
  • Teaching Public Citizen Lawyering, 8 Seattle J. of Social Justice 661 (2010).
  • Problem Solving Courts: A Conversation with the Experts, 10 Maryland J. of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 137 (2010)(invited/symposium).
  • Further (Ms.)Understanding Legal Realism: Judge Anna Kross, 87 Tex. L. Rev. See Also 43 (2009).
  • Finding Power, Fighting Power (or the Perpetual Motion Machine), 20 Hastings Women’s L. J. 245 (2009).
  • New Clinician’s Way of (Un)Knowing: Forget to Remember, Remember to Forget, and (Re)Constructing Identity, 76 Tenn. L. Rev. 425 (2009).
  • Book Review: Marilyn Johnson’s “Street Justice: A History of Police Violence in New York City,” 26 Law & History Rev. 762 (2008)(invited book review).
  • Postscript to an RSVP to Prof. Wexler’s TJ Invitation to the Criminal Defense Bar, 48 Boston College L. Rev. 592 (2007).
  • Terry, Race, and Judicial Integrity: The Court and Suppression During the War on Drugs, 72 St. John’s L. Rev. 1323 (1998)(co-authored with Hon. Jack B. Weinstein).
  • Garden Path of Boyles v. Kerr and Twyman v. Twyman: Outrageous Response to Victims of Sexual Misconduct, 4 Texas J. of Women and the L. 247 (1995).

Book Chapters and Manuscript Contributions

  • “Feminizing” Courts: Lay Volunteers and the Integration of Social Work in Progressive Reform, in Feminist Legal History: Women’s Agency and the Law (Tracey Boisseau and Tracy Thomas, eds., NYU Press 2011)(invited contribution).
  • Feminist Legal Realism, reprinted in Women and the Law (Tracy Thomas, ed., West Pub. 2012).
  • An RSVP to Professor Wexler’s TJ Invitation to the Criminal Defense Bar and Postscript to an RSVP, reprinted in David Wexler’s Rehabilitating Lawyers: Principles of Therapeutic Jurisprudence for Criminal Law Practice (Carolina Academic Press 2008).
  • Some Reflections on the Federal Judicial Role During the War on Drugs (with Hon. Jack B. Weinstein), in The Judicial Role in Criminal Proceedings (Hart Press 2000).