Maryland Carey Law welcomes Chaz Arnett to the faculty

The Maryland Carey Law community welcomes Chaz Arnett to the faculty as associate professor of law. Arnett teaches and holds expertise in the areas of criminal procedure, race and technology, juvenile law, and education law.

“At this historical moment when we are as a society confronting the deeply important issues of criminal justice and racial equality, we are incredibly fortunate to have Chaz Arnett joining our faculty,” says Dean Donald Tobin. “Our students and the Maryland Carey Law community will benefit greatly from his scholarship, and his selfless commitment in working for equal treatment under the law for all.”

Arnett’s scholarship has examined the ways in which new technologies reproduce and entrench legacies of race and class subordination with the active assistance of law and policy. He has a particular focus on how surveillance technologies are used within the criminal legal system, in corrections and policing, and the impact these practices have on historically marginalized groups. His most recent articles include, “Race, Surveillance, Resistance” (Ohio State Law Journal), which argues that an increasingly powerful police surveillance regime must be met by an equally committed resistance through formal channels of lawmaking and informal pathways of community organizing, and “From Decarceration to E-carceration” (Cardozo Law Review), which explores the dangers presented by the use of electronic monitoring as an alternative to incarceration. Arnett’s forthcoming articles “Black Lives Monitored” and “Crisis Surveillance” will be published by the Georgetown Law Journal and Emory Law Journal, respectively. His scholarship has also been featured in The Crime Report, The Verge, Jotwell, and Jurist, and discussed on the Criminal Injustice and Ipse Dixit podcasts.

This year, Arnett taps into his recent research to teach a seminar on Race, Technology, and the Law.

“I am excited about teaching the students here at Maryland,” says Arnett. “Part of the reason I went to law school was to be able to give back to people who grew up like me and had experiences like mine. There’s no better place to do that than where you’re from.”

Prior to joining the faculty, Arnett was an assistant professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was designated as a Distinguished Public Interest Professor for his commitment to furthering social justice in his teaching, scholarship, and service. He was also a visiting professor at Maryland Carey Law.

Before teaching, he served as a trial attorney with public defender offices in Baltimore and New Orleans, and as a staff attorney with the Advancement Project, where he assisted in local and national campaigns aimed at combating the school-to-prison pipeline. As a recipient of the Satter Human Rights Fellowship, he also worked with the International Center for Transitional Justice on issues of constitutional development in Zimbabwe, and asylum cases for Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa.

Arnett is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a BA from Morehouse College.


Photo courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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