As Director of Clinical Programs and the Criminal Defense Clinic, Professor Horwitz provides students with the real world opportunities they need to help sharpen their legal skills. In the Criminal Defense Clinic second and third year law students represent indigent criminal defendants in Rhode Island District Court and the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal. In the 2008-09 academic year, the Clinic took on over 200 cases, including twelve cases that were tried to a verdict. The clinic also successfully argued five appeals including one argued in front of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. In addition to his clinic duties, Professor Horwitz teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and advanced criminal procedure.
Always active in the community, Professor Horwitz continues his public service through organizations such as Operation Stand Down, the NAACP, and through his service on the Executive Committee of the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Professor Horwitz was recognized by the NAACP for his efforts to end racial discrimination in Rhode Island. From 2008-10, he served as Distinguished Service Professor at RWU Law. Prior to joining the RWU faculty, Professor Horwitz served as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York City. There, he represented indigent defendants in all areas of criminal litigation including jury trials, suppression hearings, parole and probation violation hearings, and plea negotiations.
Professor Horwitz earned his B.A. from Haverford College and is a cum laude graduate of NYU Law.
The Costs of Abusing Probationary Sentences: Overincarceration and the Erosion of Due Process, 75 Brooklyn Law Review 753 (2010)
Police Prosecution in Rhode Island: The Unauthorized Practice of Law, Rhode Island Bar Journal, May/June 2006, at 5 (with John R. Grasso)
Mixed Signals and Subtle Cues: Jury Independence and Judicial Appointment of the Jury Foreperson, 54 Catholic University Law Review 829 (2005)
The Right to Counsel in Criminal Cases: The Law and Reality in Rhode Island District Court, 9 Roger Williams University Law Review 409 (2004)
Coercion, Pop-Psychology, and Judicial Moralizing: Some Proposals for Curbing Judicial Abuse of Probation Conditions, 57 Washington and Lee Law Review 75 (2000)
Taking the Cop Out of Copping a Plea: Eradicating Police Prosecution of Criminal Cases, 40 Arizona Law Review 1305 (1998)
Sexual Psychopath Legislation: Is There Anywhere to Go But Backwards?, 57 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 35 (1995)