Prof. Alafair Burke Provides Ethics Training to Nassau County District Attorney’s Office

Alafair S. Burke, Professor of Law and Hofstra Research Fellow

Professor Alafair Burke presented “The Effects of Heuristics on Prosecutorial Discretion” to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office on Sept. 15.

Her class uses principles of cognitive psychology to demonstrate why even ethical prosecutors might fail to disclose exculpatory evidence to the defense as required by Brady v. Maryland.

Professor Burke’s scholarship, which applies principles of social and cognitive psychology to prosecutorial decision-making, is taught to prosecutors as part of ethics training programs by the Department of Justice and local prosecutors’ offices across the country.