Stephanie R. Hartung
Teaching Professor and Program Administrator, Legal Skills in Social Context
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
- “The Confluence of Factors Doctrine: A Holistic Approach to Wrongful Convictions,” 51 Suffolk University Law Review 369 (2018).
- “Social Justice and Legal Writing Collaborations: Promoting Student Engagement and Faculty Fulfillment,” 10 DePaul Journal for Social Justice 1 (February 2017) (co-author).
- “Habeas Corpus for the Innocent,” 19 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change 1 (2016).
- “Missing the Forest for the Trees: Federal Habeas Corpus and the Piecemeal Problem in Actual Innocence Cases,” 10 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 55 (2014).
- “Legal Education in the Age of Innocence: Integrating Wrongful Conviction Advocacy Into the Legal Writing Curriculum,” 22 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 129 (Winter 2013).
- “The Limits of “Extraordinary Power”: A Survey of First-Degree Murder Appeals Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 278, § 33E,” 16 Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy 1 (Spring 2011).
- “Promoting In-Depth Analysis: A Three-Part Approach to Teaching Analogical Reasoning to Novice Legal Writers,” 39 Cumberland Law Review 685 (Summer 2009) (co-author).
- “Post-Conviction Procedure: The Next Frontier in Innocence Reform,” in Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent, ed. D. Medwed (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
- “Postconviction Remedies,” in Massachusetts Criminal Practice (Lexis, 2012) (co-author).
- “Appeals,” in Massachusetts Criminal Practice (Lexis 2012) (co-author).
- “Terry v. Ohio, New York v. Belton, and Chimel v. California,” in The Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties, ed. P. Finkelman (Routledge, 2006).
- “After 32 Years In Prison, Darrell Jones' 'Not Guilty' Retrial Verdict Was Long Overdue,” WBUR's Cognoscenti (June 12, 2019).
- “After Decades In Prison, Darrell Jones' Retrial Jury Only Took 2 Hours To Find Him Not Guilty,” WBUR News (June 12, 2019).
- “The Challenges Of A Court Trial After 34 Years,” WBUR News (June 7, 2019).
- Letter: “A Chorus of Objection to DA’s Comments on Crime,” The Boston Globe (June 1, 2019).
- Book Review: “A Review of The Wrongful Convictions Reader: A Comprehensive Resource for Students, Faculty, and Practitioners,” Cardoza Law Review (May 2019).
- Letter: “Wrongful Conviction Narrative is Out of Place Here,” The Boston Globe (October 13, 2018).
- “A ‘Holistic’ Approach to Wrongful Convictions,” The Crime Report (August 13, 2018).