Miriam Aroni Krinsky is the Executive Director of Los Angeles County’s Citizens’ Jail Commission on Jail Violence. She also serves as a Lecturer at the UCLA School of Public Policy, an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School, and a policy consultant on youth violence prevention and juvenile justice issues for The California Endowment. She sits on the California Judicial Council (the leadership body for the state’s judicial branch), the ABA Youth at Risk Commission Advisory Council, the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care, Journal editorial boards, and numerous federal, state and local policy groups. She has testified before national and state legislative, governmental and judicial bodies, authored over 50 articles, and lectured nationwide on criminal trial and appellate law, foster care, juvenile justice, and sentencing issues.
After law school, Ms. Krinsky practiced at the Los Angeles law firm of Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley. She then served for 15 years as a federal prosecutor — both in Los Angeles and on an organized crime and narcotics task force in the Mid-Atlantic region. During her tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, Ms. Krinsky served as Chief of the General Crimes Sections (supervising the work of over 50 new prosecutors), Chief of the Criminal Appellate Section (overseeing the Office’s docket of over 1,000 criminal appeals), chaired the Solicitor General’s Advisory Group on Appellate Issues, served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Sentencing, and received Attorney General Janet Reno’s highest national award for appellate work.
Ms. Krinsky left the Department of Justice to serve as Executive Director of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles — a 185 person nonprofit legal services organization that represents over 20,000 children in foster care. In that capacity, Ms. Krinsky worked on policy endeavors aimed at improving outcomes for children and youth at risk. Thereafter, she spent a year working closely with California judicial and government leaders in launching the state’s Child Welfare Council.
Ms. Krinsky has had extensive involvement in community and bar endeavors, including serving as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (the first lawyer from the public sector to hold that office) and also on the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission (she served as Commission President for three years). Ms. Krinsky received her B.A. in economics from UCLA and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. She is married to Glenn Krinsky (a partner at the Los Angeles office of the Jones Day law firm) and is the proud parent of Sarah (age 21, a senior at Yale University) and Hannah (age 18, a University of Pennsylvania freshman).