B.A., University of Chicago; J.D., University of Michigan
Charlie Gerstein is a lawyer at Civil Rights Corps, a non-profit in Washington, DC, that fights injustice and inequality in the criminal system. He founded an initiative examining systemic problems with indigent defense systems and is lead counsel on the initiative’s cases, which challenge judicial interference with public-defender independence. He also serves as lead counsel in several class-action and habeas-corpus challenges to unconstitutional money-bail systems across the country. From 2016 to 2018, Professor Gerstein was a Skadden Fellow.
Professor Gerstein graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2014. After law school, Professor Gerstein clerked for the Honorable J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the Second Circuit. Before law school, Professor Gerstein was a public-defense investigator. Before that, he was a chef. And before that, he worked in landscaping and played guitar in a band.
He is the author of Dependent Counsel, 16 Stan. J. C.R.-C.L. __ (forthcoming 2020); The Prisoner’s Lawyer’s Dilemma, Criminal Justice Magazine, Spring 2017, at 33; Plea Bargaining and Prosecutorial Motives, 15 U.N.H. L. Rev. 1 (2016); Process Costs and Police Discretion, 128 Harv. L. Rev. F. 268 (2015) (with J.J. Prescott); Note, Plea Bargaining and the Right to Counsel at Bail Hearings, 111 Mich. L. Rev. 1513 (2013); Accomplices, in The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Dr. Jay S. Albanese ed., 2013); and Essay, What Can the Brothers Malone Teach us About Fisher v. University of Texas?, 111 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 1 (2012). He is the co-host of the weekly podcast Versus Trump (archived recordings) and is a regular contributor to the Take Care blog (archived posts). The views Professor Gerstein expresses in his writing and podcast are entirely his own.