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Glenn W. Falk
Professor of the Practice in Public Policy and Law
Phone: (860) 297-4274 Office Location: McCook 204
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Trinity College faculty member since 2016
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J.D., Harvard Law School
M.A., Trinity College
A.B., Harvard College

Glenn Falk brings to Trinity College more than three decades of experience as a legal aid lawyer.  He has represented hundreds of indigent criminal defendants in state and federal court and was repeatedly recognized as one of Connecticut’s leading appellate advocates.  Among his cases are State v. Gonzalez, 149 Conn. 408, 87 A.3d 1101 (2014) (evidence did not support jury's verdict that defendant was guilty as an accessory to manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm); State v. Terwilliger, 294 Conn. 399, 984 A.2d 721 (2009) (defendant denied due process of law by faulty jury instruction on state's burden of proof regarding defense of premises), and State v. Peeler, 265 Conn. 460, 828 A.2d 1216 (2003), cert. denied, 541 U.S. 1029 (2004) (improper disqualification of defendant's lawyer of choice in murder prosecution violated Sixth Amendment right to counsel).

Professor Falk is particularly interested in current First Amendment and Fourth Amendment issues involving privacy in the digital age, freedom of speech and the response to terrorism and illegal immigration.  He is also concerned with the role of race and poverty in our criminal justice system. 

He would like to help students understand and critique legal arguments and develop their analytical, writing and oral communication skills, whatever their politics or career aspirations might be.

As passionate about history as he is about the law, Professor Falk holds a master’s degree in history from Trinity College in addition to his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard.  His areas of interest include the history of the United States Supreme Court and law in the early American republic.  Together with students, he is researching the roots of mass incarceration in Connecticut prisons and jails, including the Middlesex County Jail in Haddam, the Connecticut State Farm for Women which became York Correctional Institution in Niantic, and the Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine in East Granby.