Contributing Editor, City Journal

Peter Reinharz

Peter Reinharz is a contributing editor of City Journal, where he writes about courts, criminal justice, forensic evidence, and urban planning, and a special advisor to the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security.

Reinharz was the managing attorney of the Nassau County attorney’s office, where he handled 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, until his retirement in 2010. Previously, he was chief of the family court division for the New York City Law Department, where he was responsible for the prosecution of juvenile crime. Reinharz lectures frequently on municipal law, criminal justice, computers and the law, and emergency-management law and was an adjunct professor at Fordham University and Adelphi University.

Reinharz is the author of Killer Kids, Bad Law (1996) and has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, and New York Post, as well as for various legal periodicals, including the New York Law Journal and New York State Bar Association Journal. He holds a B.S. in math from SUNY-Albany and a J.D. from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.