Associate Professor of Clinical Law
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton
J.D., Yale Law School
Professor Kate Mogulescu is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and directs the Criminal Defense & Advocacy Clinic. Her work and scholarship focus largely on gender and reentry issues in the criminal legal system, with special attention to human trafficking and sex work. The Criminal Defense & Advocacy Clinic represents individuals facing misdemeanor prostitution and other charges in both traditional and diversion courts in New York City. Clinic clients are also survivors of human trafficking and other criminalized victims of gender-based violence seeking post-conviction relief.
Prior to joining the faculty at Brooklyn Law School, Professor Mogulescu worked as a public defender at The Legal Aid Society for 14 years. In 2011, she created the Exploitation Intervention Project to specifically represent both victims of exploitation and sex workers facing prosecution. She also founded and continues to lead the Survivor Reentry Project at the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, a national training and technical assistance initiative on post-conviction advocacy for survivors of trafficking.
Professor Mogulescu has served as a speaker and specialist on human trafficking for the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in India, and has also testified before the New York City Council, the New York State Legislature, and the United Nations Human Rights Committee. She regularly trains public defenders, prosecutors, and other members of the criminal justice community in best practices, and advocates extensively against the criminalization of vulnerable and exploited people. She is a member of the Freedom Network and on the steering committee of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network. Her critical analysis of human trafficking policy and discourse has been published in the Florida Law Review, the CUNY Law Review, and the Anti-Trafficking Review. She has also been widely featured in popular media, including an op-ed in The New York Times in 2014 titled “The Super Bowl and Sex Trafficking,” and she has been profiled in The Guardian and The Village Voice.