Lucy Jane Lang

Lucy Lang is Director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a think tank for prosecutors and communities across the United States. Lucy writes and speaks widely on prosecution and criminal legal reform, and teaches those issues in New York State prisons. She previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, where she investigated and prosecuted violent crimes including domestic violence and homicides, and served as Special Counsel for Policy and Projects and Executive Director of the Manhattan D.A. Academy, a resource for professionals working at the intersection of law and public policy. Lucy is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where she serves on the Board of Managers, and Columbia Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gender and Law and where she now serves as a Lecturer-in-Law. Lucy was named a 2015 Rising Star by the New York Law Journal, was a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, was a 2019 Aspen Society Fellow, and is currently Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, a member of the Prison Art + Aesthetics Project, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, the New York Daily News, and many others, and is the author of March On! a children’s book about the 1915 women’s march.