Clair A. Cripe, JD-General Counsel (Retired), Federal Bureau of Prisons, Former Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, National College of Law
Clair Cripe’s career combines work in the corrections field and teaching in the area of constitutional law. His preparation for this work came from education at Oberlin College (A.B.) and at Harvard Law School (J.D.). After 3 years as a Navy JAG officer and a year as a trial lawyer for the Food and Drug Administration, he joined the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1962, when its legal office was formed. In 1975, he became General Counsel of that agency, where he served until his retirement in 1990. As a member of the Bureau of Prisons executive staff, Clair was closely involved in policy decision-making for many years. He supervised hundreds of lawsuits involving prisoners’ rights and the management of prisons. He personally handled many cases, from the trial court level to the Supreme Court. He initiated and personally taught training classes for corrections workers, from entry training for new employees to advanced corrections management. He personally reviewed all policy issuances of the federal prison agency. He developed and supervised many new prison programs (including disciplinary procedures for inmates, training for agency paralegals, and an inmate grievance system).
Mr. Cripe taught for 15 years at the National Law Center (George Washington University) in the graduate law division. This was a course in the law of sentencing and of constitutional rights for prisoners. He also taught a course in the law of corrections at the University of Maryland (Criminal Justice & Criminology Department). He was a frequent speaker at training seminars at the American Correctional Association and for its affiliates. He also presented seminars for federal judges on the law of sentencing and of prisoners’ rights.
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Michael G. Pearlman, MS, JD-Legal Administrative/Correctional Program Officer (Retired), Federal Bureau of Prisons, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University
Mike Pearlman brings to this work a combination of academic training, work experience, and teaching skills. He has a master’s degree in Criminology and Corrections from Florida State University, as well as a master’s degree in Government from Southern Illinois University, and a law degree from George Mason University. He has worked in the correctional field since 1968 in youth, medium, and maximum security adult facilities, as well as in the headquarters office of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. His work experience is varied – beginning with an externship as a psychometrist at a youth facility. This work involved administering psychological tests to and participating in individual and group counseling sessions with inmates. His formal work career includes assignments as a caseworker and casework supervisor, as a rules and regulations specialist, as the Executive Assistant to the General Counsel, and as the Legal Administrative Officer. As the Legal Administrative Officer, Mike’s responsibilities included such duties as overseeing the Bureau of Prisons’ inmate grievance program; the preparation of Bureau of Prisons rules governing the care, custody, treatment, and management of inmates; the legal training provided to new Bureau of Prisons staff; the legal intern program; and the Freedom of Information Program. Prior to his retirement, Mike was assigned responsibility for coordinating the Bureau of Prisons involvement in carrying out the Congressionally mandated closure of a prison system. In part, this involved the transfer of approximately 7,000 District of Columbia felons to Bureau of Prisons facilities.
Mr. Pearlman has been an instructor in the criminal justice and sociology area for 22 years, teaching at American University, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University. He has taught a variety of subjects, such as Correctional Law, Introduction to Corrections, Administration of Correctional Institutions, Criminology, Criminal Law, Deviance, and Sociology of Punishment and Corrections. He has taught on both the undergraduate and graduate level.