Alexander Reinert on Cruel and Unusual Punishment in the Eighth Amendment

Alex Reinert is the Max Freund Professor Litigation and Advocacy at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Alex joined the faculty of Cardozo in 2007, after working as an associate at Koob & Magoolaghan for six years, where he focused on the rights of people confined in prisons and jails, employment discrimination, and disability rights. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Federal Courts, and Law of Prisons and Jails. His articles have appeared in the Indiana Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Stanford Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the University of Virginia Law Review, and William and Mary Law Review, among other journals. Alex argued before the Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, and has appeared on behalf of parties and amicus curiae in many significant civil rights cases.

In 2016 he became the director of the Center for Rights and Justice, which brings together the scholarship, programs and clinics at Cardozo engaged in public service, client advocacy and academic scholarship dealing with issues of fairness, equality, access to justice and transparency. Alex graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, he held two clerkships, first with the Hon. Harry T. Edwards, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and then with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

Prof. Reinert discusses his article “Reconceptualizing the Eighth Amendment: Slaves, Prisoners, and ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Punishment.” 

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