April 09, 2014

Jenner & Block LLP announces that Partner Jeremy M. Creelan has been named by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as co-chair of the Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice, a 16-member committee comprising legal, law enforcement and foundation professionals tasked with providing specific, actionable recommendations regarding youth in New York's criminal and juvenile justice systems by the end of this year.

In his 2014 State of the State address in January, Gov. Cuomo said: “We must bring New York’s juvenile justice laws in line with modern times and raise the age in which juveniles can be tried and charged as adults,” referring to New York as one of only two states in the nation whose age of criminal responsibility is just 16.  “I am pleased to welcome the highly qualified members of the Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice, who will work to make the system fairer for our youth.”

Jeremy rejoined Jenner & Block’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation practices in January after serving three years in Albany as senior adviser and special counsel to Gov. Cuomo.  During his tenure in New York State Government, Jeremy played a key role in the State’s recovery efforts and planning after Superstorm Sandy, the State’s adoption of meaningful ethics reform, new regulations to reduce alcohol-related driving accidents, mandatory collection of DNA from all felons and enhanced discovery protections for criminal defendants, new rules to limit excessive executive compensation for organizations that do substantial business with the state, and several other initiatives.

Jeremy is the latest in a long tradition of Jenner & Block attorneys who have served on special commissions at the state and federal level.  Jeremy previously served as deputy director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, where he developed and prosecuted numerous high-profile election law cases to protect voters’ rights and reduce corruption.

Jeremy said of his appointment: “I am honored to serve on this important commission, devoted to drafting a plan to implement the Governor’s progressive vision for juvenile justice reform and increasing the age of criminal responsibility.  That reform is long overdue in New York, and must be implemented to help young people avoid recidivism and lead productive lives as members of the community.  I am also pleased to be continuing Jenner & Block’s tradition of providing leadership on public initiatives such as this.”

The news release from Gov. Cuomo’s office can be found here.