Lara A. BazelonVisiting 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.
- The Long Goodbye: After the Innocence Movement, Does the Attorney Client Relationship Ever End? 106 Journal of Crime & Criminology __ (January 2016)
- Hard Lessons: The Role of Law School Clinics in Addressing Prosecutorial Misconduct, 16 Berkeley J. Crim. L. 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 Ky. L.J. 439 (2009).
- Exploding the Superpredator Myth: Why Infancy is the Best Defense in the Modern Juvenile Court, 75 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 159 (2000). Recipient, Paul D. Kaufman Memorial Award.
In the News
- Life After Exoneraton: When An Innocent Person Is Finally Set Free, Its No Fairy Tale, Slate Magazine, May 7, 2015
- The Good Prosecutor: Locking Up the Guilty is Only Part of the Job, Politico Magazine, March 24, 2015
- Scalia’s Embarrassing Question: Innocence is not Enough to Get You Out of Prison, Slate Magazine, March 11, 2015
- 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
Member of the California State Bar, United States Supreme Court Bar, the Central District of California Bar, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar, the BASF, and the ABA. Co-Chair of the ABA’s Gideon & Professionalism Committee. Member of the BASF Ethics Committee.