Mae C. Quinn is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice, professional ethics, poverty law, and women’s legal history. Quinn’s work bears witness to the ways in which the law and legal institutions may create and perpetuate marginalization and vulnerability. At the same time it promotes action and change, offering concrete legal solutions and methods for reform. Her work, widely cited by academics and advocates alike, has been published in leading journals including the Boston College Law Review, Iowa law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, Harvard Journal of Gender and Law, and New York University Review of Law and Social Change.

Quinn bridges the divide between theory and practice by developing and deploying her research through teaching, lawyering, and community engagement. She emphasizes the importance of collaboration, real world experience, and public citizenship in both the large classroom setting and clinical environment. Working side by side with her students Quinn has sought to improve Missouri’s juvenile justice system while delivering quality juvenile court representation, one client at a time. Her youth advocacy work – and the work of her students – has been highlighted in studies and training materials produced by the National Juvenile Defender Center. Before joining Washington University, Professor Quinn taught at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and Georgetown University. She also served as a New York City appellate defender, a trial attorney with the Bronx Defenders, and a law clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.