Visiting Professor of Law
Co-Director, Racial Justice Project
Alvin Bragg joined New York Law School in January 2019. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of criminal law and civil rights, prosecutorial discretion and accountability, and the functions of state Attorneys General (AGs).
Prior to joining NYLS, Professor Bragg worked more than 15 years in government service. Most recently, he served as Chief Deputy AG in the NY State Office of the AG. In that role, he helped set the office’s investigation and litigation priorities, and oversaw the work of the Criminal Justice and Social Justice Divisions. During his tenure, the Social Justice Division brought lawsuits against the Donald J. Trump Foundation and its directors alleging breaches of fiduciary duties; The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein, and Robert Weinstein alleging the existence of a hostile work environment; and the U.S. Department of Commerce challenging its intention to include a citizenship question on the decennial census. The Criminal Justice Division brought significant criminal charges, including in bribery, securities fraud, and Medicaid fraud.
Professor Bragg also served as the Chief of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit (SIPU) and the Executive Deputy Attorney General (EDAG) for Social Justice. As the Chief of SIPU, he oversaw investigations of law enforcement conduct resulting in the death of civilians and of a District Attorney’s handling of a shooting of a civilian by a police officer. For investigations that did not result in charges, SIPU released public reports providing analysis and recommendations for systemic reforms. As EDAG, Professor Bragg oversaw settlements including matters concerning discriminatory redlining, tenant harassment, wage and hour violations, and unlawful employment discrimination based on applicants’ criminal history.
Earlier in his career, Professor Bragg was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of NY, where he tried 10 cases to verdict. He also worked as Chief of Litigation and Investigations for the NYC Council, where he argued before the NY Court of Appeals in a groundbreaking case concerning separation of powers. Additionally, he was an associate at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC and a law clerk to the Honorable Robert P. Patterson Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of NY.
Professor Bragg is a member of the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society, a former member of the Board of Directors of the New York Urban League, and a Sunday School teacher at the Abyssinian Baptist Church.