Mae C. Quinn is Director of the St. Louis MacArthur Justice Center. She has been a public interest lawyer and litigator for approximately 20 years. Most recently, she was a professor at Washington University School of Law where she founded and directed the Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic.
Between 2009 to 2016, Quinn's clinic provided zealous defense representation to youthful clients in Missouri's courts while shedding light on system deficiencies and engaging in criminal and juvenile justice reform efforts. Quinn and her students challenged due process deprivations, right to counsel concerns, and unconstitutional sentencing practices.
Quinn's writing has been cited by advocates and academics alike. It calls attention to legal issues facing vulnerable populations in Missouri, and the disproportionate impact of problematic policing and prosecution practices on communities of color. She has been published in top law journals. Her advocacy efforts have been highlighted by national and international press outlets including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, St. Louis American, and public radio and television here and abroad.
To advance criminal and juvenile justice reform in Missouri, she has proudly partnered with local organizations like Metropolitan Congregations United and national allies including the National Juvenile Defender Center, National Juvenile Justice Network, Juvenile Law Center, Equal Justice Initiative, and Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth.
Quinn has trained lawyers and law students across the country, including as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University. She also served as a New York City appellate defender, a trial attorney with Bronx Defenders, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, United States District Court, EDNY.