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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Human Security
Coordinator of the Internship program in the Criminal Justice and Human Security Program
J.D. Georgetown University Law Center
Office: Carlson Hall, Room 209
Phone: (203) 576-4867
Fax: (203) 576-4967
Email: skirven@bridgeport.edu

Biography

Professor Stephane J. Kirven completed her undergraduate studies at Tufts University where she majored in Political Science. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center where she was an Equal Justice Fellow and worked with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN).

Professor Kirven started her legal career with the New York City Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division before serving as a Law Clerk in the Criminal Court for the State of New York Unified Court System where she researched and analyzed legal issues and conferred and advised judges. Professor Kirven also practiced law as a civil litigator specializing in insurance coverage and defense litigation for two corporate law firms and for a large global Insurance company before opening her own law practice where she handles both civil and criminal litigation. She was a member of the New York County Criminal and Parole panel of assigned counsels for many years representing criminal defendants from arraignment through trial and also served as the Town Attorney in a Westchester County community. Additionally, she served as supervising counsel to a non-profit organization where she launched a program to instruct women of domestic violence to represent themselves in divorce and custody proceedings.

Professor Kirven brings years of experience as a criminal law practitioner along with an in depth and first-hand knowledge of all aspects of the criminal justice system and its institutions. She has taught university courses on law and criminal justice since 2005. She was awarded a grant by the Dean of her college to participate in the Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Institute at Wellesley College which prepares women for leadership in Higher Education. Professor Kirven was appointed to a town board on multiculturalism and inclusion in Westport, CT.

Professor Kirven’s research interests include restorative justice, gender and the law, race and the law and domestic violence. Professor Kirven has published in the areas of Restorative Justice, Women in the Judiciary, Due Process in the Campus Adjudication process with forthcoming publications on the Violence Against Women Act and Title IX. Professor Kirven is a member of the editorial board for the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Restorative Justice Initiative, a New York based multi sector advocacy and organizing project that seeks to increase visibility and access to Restorative Justice processes.