Professor Capers, who joins the faculty this year, is an expert in criminal law and procedure. His academic interests include the relationship between culture and law, and he is a prolific writer on these topics. Among his recent articles are those published in top law reviews, including the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Prior to teaching, he spent nearly ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. His work trying several federal homicide cases inspired the focus of his scholarship and earned him a nomination for the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award in 2004. He also practiced with the firms of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and Professor Capers clerked for the Hon. John S. Martin, Jr. of the Southern District of New York.
Professor Capers returns to Brooklyn Law School, where he taught “Law, Literature, and the Construction of Race” as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, he joined the faculty of Hofstra University School of Law, where he received the 2006-07 Teacher of the Year Award and the Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication in 2009. He was also a visiting professor at Fordham Law School.