JOEL B. RUDIN is the principal in a four-attorney criminal defense and plaintiff's civil rights firm in New York City, and the recipient of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' 2011 Justice Thurgood S. Marshall Award for Outstanding Criminal Defense Practitioner. In addition to an active criminal trial practice, Mr. Rudin has successfully briefed and argued many criminal appeals, including in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals, and the New York Court of Appeals, and handled a large number of successful collateral attacks on criminal convictions based upon Brady violations by prosecutors and ineffective assistance of defense counsel.
Mr. Rudin has won several of the largest monetary civil settlements in New York State for wrongful convictions and prosecutorial misconduct, as well as two of the leading State and Federal appellate decisions holding New York municipalities and individual prosecutors civilly liable under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, despite prosecutorial immunity, for investigative misconduct, Brady violations, and other prosecutorial abuses. He recently has authored several U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs on such issues on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, including in Connick v. Thompson, a highly-publicized case involving municipal liability for Brady violations. These briefs, as well as his recent testimony before the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on Wrongful Convictions, have been based upon disclosures he has forced in civil discovery establishing the almost complete failure of local District Attorneys' Offices, including in Brooklyn, to investigate or discipline prosecutors despite judicial findings and other complaints of misconduct.
Mr. Rudin, a former journalist, is a graduate of Cornell University (1974) and New York University School of Law (1978). He has spoken in recent years at New York University, Fordham, and Brooklyn Law Schools, and at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and has written on individual and municipal liability for civil rights violations for the Fordham Law Review (publication pending), The Champion (magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys), and the New York Law Journal.