Department of Sociology

Ilana Friedman

J.D., M.A., Saint Louis University School of Law

Ilana Friedman



Crime, Law and Deviance; Policing, Ethnography; Qualitative methods; Sociology of Law; Race and Ethnicity, American Legal History


I am a second year PhD student in the school of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin where I study the institution of American policing, specifically local patrol officers, and utilize qualitative methods as a member of the Crime, Law, and Deviance working group and as a fellow of the Urban Ethnography Lab.  I am a socio-legal scholar of American criminal and constitutional law, specifically in regards to search and seizure doctrine, police powers, the history of American policing and surveillance, civil rights litigation, and American legal history as contained in the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution.  I am also interested in demographics of law, particularly how race, gender, and class intersect with each of these topics.  I utilize qualitative research methods for the majority of my research, most notably ethnography and interview-based projects, and conduct ride alongs with local patrol officers.  Upon graduation from SLU/SLULaw, I was a staff associate at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, where I worked primarily on the Police Accountability project.


As a 2017 Saint Louis University School of Law Graduate, I focused my legal educational efforts on constitutional and criminal Law. In combination with a Juris Doctorate, I received a Masters of Sociology at Saint Louis University in 2017 where I focused on racial demographics of the American criminal justice system writing my thesis entitled "The Cradle to Grave Approach to Incarceration: Disparate Impact and the American Criminal Justice System,”  In the summer of 2019, a section of my masters thesis was published in the Saint Louis University Law Journal. My previous professional experiences include clerking at the law firm of Schwartz, Herman, and Davidson, specializing in federal criminal defense and civil rights litigation.  In addition, I was a staff associate at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, where I worked on the Police Accountability Project.

I am a 2014 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA-History) where I was a member of the Varsity Division I Women's Hockey team.

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