Professor Capers is an expert in criminal law and procedure, and evidence law. His academic interests include the relationship between race, gender, and criminal 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, 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 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. He 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 served as Associate Dean of Faculty Development in 2010-11, and where he received the 2006-07 Teacher of the Year Award and the 2009 Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. He was also a visiting professor at Fordham Law School. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the AALS Committee on Professional Development, and an appointed member of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee. In 2013, he served as Chairperson of the AALS 2013 Conference on Criminal Justice.