Alexis Hoag joined the Brooklyn Law faculty in 2021. She teaches and writes in criminal law and procedure, evidence, and carceral abolition. Her recent scholarship examines the ways policies, doctrines, and practices within the criminal legal system erode people’s constitutional rights and perpetuate racial subordination. Professor Hoag's scholarship has appeared in the New York University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Harvard Law Review Blog, and other journals. She serves as a board member of the Death Penalty Information Center, is on the editorial board of the Amicus Journal, and co-chairs the capital punishment committee of the New York City Bar Association. In 2021, Professor Hoag was elected as a new member of the American Law Institute. A frequent legal contributor for CBSNews, Professor Hoag regularly provides on-air and in print analysis for CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, and other media outlets.
Prior to Brooklyn Law, Professor Hoag served as the inaugural practitioner-in-residence at the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil & Political Rights at Columbia University, and as a lecturer at Columbia Law School. She spent more than a decade as a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer, primarily representing capitally convicted clients in federal post-conviction proceedings, with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the Office of the Federal Public Defender. She graduated from Yale University and NYU School of Law, where she was a Derrick Bell Public Interest Scholar. She served as a law clerk for Judge John T. Nixon of the United States District Court. In fall 2022, Professor Hoag will visit at Vanderbilt Law School to teach a short course on Movement Lawyering.