Laura Bazelon

Lara Bazelon

Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice Clinic and the Racial Justice Clinic

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6202

Biography

Lara Bazelon is a professor of law and the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinical Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. From 2012-2015, she was a visiting associate clinical professor at Loyola Law School and the director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent. Professor Bazelon was a trial attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles for seven years. Prior to that, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Harry Pregerson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Bazelon’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of ethics and criminal justice advocacy. Her most recent law review article, "Ending Innocence Denying," will appear in Volume 47 of the Hofstra Law Review. She is the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Ethics, Gideon & Professionalism Committee. In January 2017, she was selected to serve a three-year term on the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Council.

Professor Bazelon is a contributing writer for Slate and Politico Magazine, where her long-form journalism and opinion pieces appear regularly, including a long-running series in Slate on issues arising from wrongful convictions. Her essays and op-eds have also been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times.

Professor Bazelon’s book Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction was published in October 2018. She is the recipient of a writer-in-residency award from the MacDowell Colony in 2016 and from Mesa Refuge in 2017, where she was named the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Fellow for excellence in writing about issues relating to the criminal justice system.

Education
BA, Columbia University
JD, New York University
Experience
Visiting Associate Clinical Professor, Loyola Law School
Director, Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent
Clinical Fellow, UC Hastings College of the Law
Deputy Federal Public Defender, Los Angeles
Law Clerk, Honorable Harry Pregerson
Expertise
Advanced Legal Writing
Clinical Education
Criminal Procedure
Ethics
Habeas Corpus
Trial Advocacy
Wrongful Convictions
Awards & Distinctions

Senior Fellow, Schuster Institute for Ethics and Investigative Journalism (2016-2019).

Mesa Refuge Writer-in-Residence and Langeloth Fellow (June 2017).

MacDowell Writer-in-Residence (March-April 2016).

Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles Community Service Award (2014) (accepted on behalf of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent for the exoneration of Kash Delano Register.

Aleph Institute Award of Distinction (2012).

Books
Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction (Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press , October 2018) ) Read More
Law Review and Journal Articles
“Ending Innocence Denying,” 47 Hofstra Law Review (forthcoming December 2018).
“The Long Goodbye: After the Innocence Movement, Does the Attorney Client Relationship Ever End?,” 106 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 681 (2017). SSRN
“For Shame: The Public Humiliation of Prosecutors by Judges to Correct Wrongful Convictions,” 29 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 305 (2016).
“Hard Lessons: The Role of Law School Clinics in Addressing Prosecutorial Misconduct,” 16 Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law 388 (2011).
“Putting the Mice in Charge of the Cheese: Why Federal Judges Cannot Always Be Trusted To Police Themselves and What Congress Can Do About It,” 97 Kentucky Law Journal 439 (2009).
“Exploding the Superpredator Myth: Why Infancy is the Best Defense in the Modern Juvenile Court,” 75 NYU Law Review 159 (2000). (Recipient, Paul D. Kaufman Memorial Award for best student Note)