Lisa M. Geis
B.A., The Catholic University of America; J.D., Rutgers School of Law - Camden
Professor Geis is an instructor in the Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth and Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic as well as a LL.M. candidate at the School of Law.
As a law student at Rutgers - Camden, Professor Geis became passionate about systemic reform in the juvenile justice system and effective representation of indigent youth. She received the Reed Smith Clinical Excellence Award for demonstrating excellence in both classroom work and by providing outstanding client representation through her work in the Children's Justice Clinic. She was a 2009 Mary Philbrook Student Public Interest Award recipient for her dedication and service to the law school's juvenile justice program, development of an innovative intake model used by public defenders across New Jersey, and dedication to the Rutgers Street Law Program.
Although she has represented juveniles at all levels of the adjudication process, Professor Geis has primarily provided representation for youth detained in New Jersey's secure juvenile facilities through the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change JIDAN Initiative. Working in conjunction with the New Jersey Office of The Public Defender, she was also part of the Models for Change Initiative to ensure that juveniles are provided with effective assistance of counsel at initial detention hearings.
Professor Geis has done extensive research on the overuse of isolation in juvenile facilities. She has had the opportunity to present that research, as well as her post disposition work, to juvenile defenders and advocates across the country. Recently, she co-authored an article on those subjects in the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy.
Simkins, S., Beyer, M., Geis, L., The Harmful Use of Isolation in Juvenile Facilities: A Report from the New Jersey Post-Disposition Project, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, 38 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol'y 241, (2012).