Chaz Arnett is a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, teaching courses in professional responsibility, juvenile justice, criminal procedure, and education law. 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.
Prior to teaching, Arnett has served as a trial attorney with the Juvenile Division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, as a staff attorney with the Advancement Project in Washington, D.C., where he supervised national campaigns and partnerships aimed at combating the school-to-prison pipeline, and as a trial attorney with the New Orleans Public Defender’s Office litigating adult felony cases, as part of the progressive defense reform efforts immediately following Hurricane Katrina. As a recipient of the prestigious Satter Fellowship through Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program, he worked with the International Center for Transitional Justice on issues of constitutional development in Zimbabwe, and asylum cases for Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa, and has received numerous awards and accolades for his commitment toward furthering human rights through criminal justice reform.
Awards and Honors
- National Juvenile Justice Network, Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow, 2014-2015
- BMe Community Leader Award & Grant Recipient, 2014-2015