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Lara Bazelon    

Director of the Criminal Juvenile & Racial Justice Programs at University of San Francisco Law School; Author of "Rectify"

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.

Speech Topics

Issues Confronting Women in the Workplace

Restorative Justice

Wrongful Convictions

Criminal Justice


A Progressive Prosecutor Pledged to Reform the System. The ...
The System's Fighting Back. The police are waging an open war on St. Louis' first black female prosecutor. By Lara Bazelon.
Opinion | I've Picked My Job Over My Kids - The New York Times
By Lara Bazelon. Ms. Bazelon is a law professor. ... Lara Bazelon (@larabazelon) , a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, is the author of, ...
Impeachment managers should forget the Senate and focus on the ...
Lara Bazelon is a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is a former trial lawyer in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los ...
Opinion | #MeToo Doesn't Always Have to Mean Prison - The New ...
Restorative justice is an alternative we should also consider. By Lara Bazelon and Aya Gruber. Ms. Bazelon and Ms. Gruber are law professors. March 2, 2020.

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