Mae C. Quinn

Professor of Law; Director; Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic


B.A., 1991, State University of New York at Albany
J.D., 1995, University of Texas
LL.M., 2001, Georgetown University

Curriculum Vitae




Nancy Cummings - (314) 935-7967

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6088
E-mail: mquinn@wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 538

Courses Taught

Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Civil Justice Clinic
Juvenile Justice Clinic
Miller V. Alabama Pro Bono Practicum 


Mae C. Quinn is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice, professional ethics, poverty law, and women’s legal history. Quinn’s work bears witness to the ways in which the law and legal institutions may create and perpetuate marginalization and vulnerability. At the same time it promotes action and change, offering concrete legal solutions and methods for reform. Her work, widely cited by academics and advocates alike, has been published in leading journals including the Boston College Law Review, Iowa law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, Harvard Journal of Gender and Law, and New York University Review of Law and Social Change

Quinn bridges the divide between theory and practice by developing and deploying her research through teaching, lawyering, and community engagement. She emphasizes the importance of collaboration, real world experience, and public citizenship in both the large classroom setting and clinical environment. Working side by side with her students Quinn has sought to improve Missouri’s juvenile justice system while delivering quality juvenile court representation, one client at a time. Her youth advocacy work – and the work of her students – has been highlighted in studies and training materials produced by the National Juvenile Defender Center. Before joining Washington University, Professor Quinn taught at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and Georgetown University. She also served as a New York City appellate defender, a trial attorney with the Bronx Defenders, and a law clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.

Representative Publications

Forthcoming Scholarship and Works in Progress

  • "Against Profession: Practicing Critical Criminal Procedure," Saint Louis University Law Review (forthcoming)
  • "In Loco Juvenile Justice: Minors in Munis, Cash From Kids, and Pro Se Adolescent Advocacy - Ferguson and Beyond," Brigham Young University Law Review (forthcoming) [SSRN]
  • "(Im)Mobilizing Youth" (article in progress)
  • Feminist Legal Realism? Realistic Women on the Benches, in the Trenches and Beyond: 1920-1950’s, (long term book project)
  • Judge Anna Moscowitz Kross: Mother of Legal Movements (long term book project)

Recent Articles, Essays and Book Chapters

  • "Giving Kids Their Due: Theorizing a Modern Fourteenth Amendment Framework for Juvenile Defense Representation," 99 Iowa Law Review 2185 (2014) [Article]
  • "The Other Missouri Model: Systemic Juvenile Injustice in the Show Me State," 78 Missouri Law Review 1193 (2014) [SSRN]
  • "From Turkey Trot to Twitter: Policing Puberty, Purity, and Positivity," 20 New York University Review of Law and Social Change 51 (2014) [SSRN]
  • "Feminist Legal Realism," 35 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 1 (2012) [SSRN]
  • "The Fallout from our Blackboard Battlegrounds: A Call for Withdrawal and a New Way Forward," 15 Iowa Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice 541 (2012)
  • "Evolving Standards in Juvenile Justice: From Gault to Graham and Beyond," 38 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 1 (2012)

Recent Activities

  • At the invitation of the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC), became Missouri’s first graduate of the new Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) funded by the Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Served as one of Missouri’s few invited attendees at NJDC’s National Leadership Summit
  • Named chairperson of the newly formed Juvenile Justice Committee for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL); helping to plan and host the state’s first intensive juvenile advocacy training for Missouri attorneys