Supporting Constitutional and Evidence-Based Public Conviction Registry Laws

Board of Directors

Jill K. Sanders, Esq.

Jill K. Sanders is an associate attorney with Pappalardo & Pappalardo. In addition to trial court appearances, Ms. Sanders is skilled at legal research and preparation of motions and legal memoranda. During her tenure, Ms. Sanders has worked on many of the firm’s criminal cases. She has argued before several of the state’s appellate courts and has extensive experience in litigating matters related to sex offender registration (SORA). Ms. Sanders was at the forefront of litigation relating to unlawful incarceration of prisoners past their release dates, and has been successful in gaining the release of clients through Article 78 and habeas corpus petitions. Ms. Sanders has a reputation for being a passionate client advocate both inside and outside the courtroom.

She also participates in a support group for the formerly incarcerated, which assists individuals with their successful re-entry into the community after leaving prison.

Prior to joining Pappalardo & Pappalardo, Ms. Sanders worked at the Center for Appellate Litigation in Manhattan. She has also interned with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in Yonkers, and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office in Elizabeth, New Jersey, as well as the Post-Conviction Project at John Jay Legal Services, Inc.

Ms. Sanders graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law. Prior to law school, she graduated cum laude from William Paterson University of New Jersey, and she also has a master’s degree from Montclair State University.

Emily Horowitz, PhD.

Emily Horowitz is a Professor in Sociology and Criminal Justice at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

At St. Francis, Professor Horowitz also directs the Institute for Peace & Justice, and founded and co-directs the post-prison college program (a nationally recognized program that helps formerly incarcerated students earn college degrees). Her scholarly research focuses on sex offenses, wrongful convictions, and various topics in educational policy. She is frequently quoted in media outlets about sex offense policies, and delivered keynote addresses at two major sex offense advocacy conferences.

She’s the author of Protecting Our Kids? How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us which was a 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title and co-editor, with Law Professor Larry Dubin, of Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System: Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Sex Offenses Opens in New Window. Her article, Timeline of a Panic: A Brief History of Our Ongoing Sex Offense War, appeared in the Southwestern Law Review in 2018.

National Advisory Committee

Janice Bellucci

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