Timothy McNutt '01
DIRECTOR, CORNELL UNIVERSITY'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE AT THE SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS
Industry – LAW AND POLICY
EDUCATION – JD, CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW; BA, SOCIOLOGY, THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Describe what you're working on and/or what you're most proud to have accomplished.
I use my background in criminal law, litigation, and policy to assist people with criminal records in reducing barriers to reentry and improving employment outcomes. A major focus of my work is the use of criminal records as a screening device for employment, the impact of employment on reducing recidivism, employer attitudes toward hiring people with criminal records, and the collateral consequences of incarceration. The initiative provides criminal records and employment law training to job seekers who have been involved in the criminal legal system, assists employers in developing fair chance hiring, engages in research to study reentry practices, and informs policymakers and legislators on criminal justice reform.
You know we have to ask it. Do you have a favorite SLUH memory or teacher?
During my Senior Project, I went to Yoro, Honduras to work at the Centro San Yves and care for malnourished infants. The experience opened my eyes to large-scale inequities that exist and the importance of direct service to improve lives.
Who or what inspired you to pursue your field of interest?
As a George Washington University junior studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, I was inspired by reading Nelson Mandela's, "Long Walk to Freedom" and the power of law to create social change.
What does the future of your industry look like? What else would you like to accomplish?
The future of work is fair and accessible for everyone. I co-founded Rezme, a technology start-up to help employers access a talent pool of millions of Americans with a criminal conviction record.
What advice would you give to current students?
"Become who you are." - Friedrich Nietzsche