The Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School announces that Brook Hopkins will serve as the program’s new Executive Director. Hopkins has experience litigating a broad range of cases, including criminal, death penalty, civil rights, and immigration cases. Most recently, Hopkins was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.
“We are thrilled to have Brook take the helm at CJPP,” said Carol Steiker, the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and faculty co-director of CJPP. “She brings deep commitment, broad experience, proven pedagogical skills, and excellent judgment to our growing program.”
“We are so lucky to have Brook in this role,” added Alex Whiting, Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and faculty co-director of CJPP. “We are confident that she will provide superb leadership for CJPP as it continues to grow and expand its presence in the criminal justice policy world.”
“I am honored to be leading CJPP,” said Hopkins. “The issues that CJPP addresses, from criminal justice debt and bail reform to policing and prosecution practices, are challenging and important. I look forward to working with the CJPP team, our law students, and our many partners in the field to continue the great work that this young organization has already done.”
Hopkins received her J.D. degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. There she served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justices David H. Souter (ret.) and Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States. Hopkins served as a Relman Civil Rights Litigation Fellow at Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC and Special Assistant to then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan. She also worked as a senior associate and counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP where she specialized in appellate litigation.