Lara A. Bazelon

Visiting Associate Clinical Professor
Director, Loyola Project for the Innocent

BA, cum laude, Columbia University
JD, cum laude, NYU School of Law


Before coming to Loyola Law School, Lara Bazelon was a Clinical Teaching Fellow at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.  Previously, she worked for more than seven years as a Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles, where she tried felony cases and handled habeas appeals.  Prior to that, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Harry Pregerson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Bazelon writes extensively about criminal law and ethics, both in law reviews and in opinion pieces that have been published in the Daily Journal, the Houston Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the National Law Journal, and the San Francisco Recorder.  Her pro bono projects include co-authoring an amicus brief on behalf of forty law professors in support of a petition for certiorari in United States v. Shalom Rubashkin.  In 2012, she was selected as a fellow by the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, a consortium of seven nationally recognized law school centers on the teaching of ethics and professionalism. In 2014, Bazelon was appointed to be the co-chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section's Ethics Gideon & Professionalism Committee.

Selected Scholarship

In the News

  • A Mistake Has Been Made Here and No One Wants To Correct It: Without DNA Evidence How Could We Challenge the Eyewitness Testimony That Sent Our Client To Prison For 34 Years?, Slate Magazine, Dec. 17, 2013.
  • Judges and Prosecutors:  Where is the Line Between Cooperation and Collusion, Nat'l L.J., Sept. 24, 2012.
  • What is “Reasonable Doubt”?  S.F. Recorder, Oct. 10, 2011
  • Combating Prosecutorial Misconduct, S.F. Recorder, Mar. 23, 2011
  • West Memphis 3’s California Connection:  An Arkansas Death Penalty Case Involving S.F. Lawyers Could Revitalize a California Habeas Doctrine, S.F. Recorder, Oct. 4, 2010
  • The Juvenile Damned, Nat’l L.J., Oct. 12, 2009
  • Fifth Circuit’s Failure to Act Against Judge Is Inexcusable, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Mar. 2, 2009, reprinted as A Crack in Jurist Discipline, Hous. Chron. Mar. 15, 2009
  • Kozinski Disciplines Himself:  The Misconduct Standards the Porn-Collecting Judge Advocated Might Now Be Used Against Him, L.A. Times, June 17, 2008
  • Disagreeing On Judicial Discipline:  A Back-and-Forth on Judge Kozinski’s Stash, Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2008
  • Social Security Fraud Sweep Leaves Bigger Mess Than It Ever Removed, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Aug. 30, 2004
  • Sometimes, Jurors Have To Take A Stand and Say, ‘No, Not In Our Name,’ Los Angeles Times, Oct. 27, 2004
  • Testing, Testing:  The Sweat Patch Was Supposed To Solve The Problems Of Urinalysis, But It Created A Host Of Its Own, Legal Affairs, July-August 2003