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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.
Political Science, Tufts University
Juris Doctorate, Georgetown University Law Center
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.
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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.