Peter Reinharz is a contributing editor to City Journal. He writes on issues relating to courts, criminal justice, forensic evidence and urban planning.
Mr. Reinharz is also currently a special advisor at the not-for-profit Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security, located in Bethpage, NY and Washington, D.C. There, he advises the executive director and his staff on issues relating to emergency management law.
Mr. Reinharz was, until his retirement in September 2010, the Managing Attorney of the Nassau County Attorney's office. In that role he handled various matters relating to municipal law, including workers' compensation, municipal budgets, electronic discovery, civil rights claims, labor and employment, emergency preparedness, public health and social services.
Mr. Reinharz joined the Nassau County Attorney's office in 2002. Prior to that, he served as Chief of the Family Court Division for the New York City Law Department. In his 15 years in that role he was responsible for the prosecution of juvenile crime throughout the City of New York.
Mr. Reinharz has authored articles for the New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar and for other legal periodicals. He authored a book, Killer Kids, Bad Law, in 1996 and has recently finished a chapter for Lexis/Nexis publishing in the Family Court Quick Answer Guide. In addition, he has written for The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News and the New York Post. He served as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School, and is currently teaching Emergency Management Law in Adelphi University's Master's program in Emergency Management. He lectures frequently on issues relating to municipal law, criminal justice, computers and the law, and emergency management.
Mr. Reinharz earned a B.S. degree in mathematics (cum laude) from the State University of New York at Albany and is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University.
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City Journal articles
- Why We Need Military Tribunals, Winter 2002
- Marriott Morality, Spring 2001
- Why Penn Station Should Stay Put, Autumn 2000
- Bring Back Sportsmanship, Spring 2000
- DNA Testing: The Next Big Crime-Busting Breakthrough, Winter 2000
- No, the Neighborhoods Havent Healed Themselves, Winter 2000
- Stop em Cold, Autumn 1999
- Throw Away the Key, Summer 1999
- Rockaway Riviera? CopacaConey?, Summer 1999
- Free the Druggies?, Spring 1999
- Common Census on Crime, Winter 1999
- Merit Pay for Cops, Winter 1999
- New Yorks Protect-a-Thug Decree, Winter 1999
- Criminal Entitlements, Summer 1998
- Juvenile JusticeTexas Style, Spring 1998
- The Crime Wars Next Battles, Winter 1998
- Sins of the Sons, Summer 1997
- Indefensible, Winter 1997
- Why Teen Thugs Get Away With Murder, Autumn 1996
- The Court Criminals Love, Winter 1996