Chaz Arnett is an assistant professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, teaching courses in criminal procedure, professional responsibility, juvenile justice, and education law. Additionally, he leads the Education Law Practicum, a course established in partnership with the Education Law Center, that enables students to not only study the effects of the school-to-prison pipeline in a weekly seminar, but also to engage in hands-on work outside of the classroom focused on issues arising at the intersection of the education and criminal justice systems. Prof. Arnett’s research interests include surveillance, technology, corrections, and policing. His recent scholarship is focused on critically examining the ways in which advancing surveillance technologies are used within the criminal justice system.
Prior to teaching, Prof. Arnett served as a trial attorney with public defender offices in Baltimore and New Orleans, and as a staff attorney with the Advancement Project, where he assisted in local and national campaigns aimed at combating the school-to-prison pipeline. As a recipient of the prestigious Satter Fellowship, through Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program, he also worked with the International Center for Transitional Justice on issues of constitutional development in Zimbabwe, and asylum cases for Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his commitment toward furthering human rights through criminal justice reform.
Virtual Shackles: Electronic Surveillance and the Adultification of Juvenile Courts, 108 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 399 (2018).
Awards and Honors
- National Juvenile Justice Network, Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow, 2014-2015
- BMe Community Leader Award & Grant Recipient, 2014-2015