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Stephanie R. Hartung

Teaching Professor and Program Administrator, Legal Skills in Social Context

Northwestern University, BA 1990
Boston College Law School, JD 1994

Professor Hartung directs the school's Legal Skills in Social Context program, as well as teaching students in the program. She has written extensively in the area of state and federal criminal procedure and wrongful convictions, specifically focusing on procedural bars to post-conviction innocence claims. She recently proposed a federal post-conviction innocence track to address the issue. Additionally, her scholarship focuses on the intersection of legal writing and social justice.  She currently serves as the Resident Fellow for the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) at the law school, where she is involved in the Cradle-to-Prison (C2P) Pipeline research project, designed to help address and combat mass incarceration.  She is the principle investigator for the C2P Tier 1 grant and is overseeing an expansive prison survey component of the project.  Professor Hartung is also the faculty advisor for several student organizations, including the Criminal Law Project, the Mental Health Alliance, and the Women’s Law Caucus.  She currently serves on the board of the Journal of Legal Education and the Wrongful Conviction Law Review.

Before joining the faculty at Northeastern, Professor Hartung taught at Suffolk University Law School for 13 years. While at Suffolk, Professor Hartung taught Legal Practice Skills and an array of courses relating to criminal appellate procedure and wrongful convictions.

Upon graduation from Boston College Law School, magna cum laude, Professor Hartung served first as a law clerk on the Superior Court in Fairbanks, Alaska. For the next eight years, she was a deputy public defender in Alameda County (Oakland, Calif.), where she represented indigent clients and supervised summer law clerks. She is a member of the board of trustees of the New England Innocence Project and the 2015 recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award from the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty.

Fields of Expertise

  • Criminal Appellate Procedure
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Wrongful Convictions

Selected Works


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