Christopher Hawthorne

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic (Center for Juvenile Law and Policy)

BA, Columbia University
JD, magna cum laude, Loyola Law School, Order of the Coif 


Christopher Hawthorne is Clinical Professor and Co-Director of Loyola Law School's Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic. Before joining the Loyola faculty, Hawthorne was a solo practitioner specializing in appellate criminal defense. Immediately after law school, he was an associate with O'Melveny & Myers, practicing in their Litigation Department's White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group. Prior to and during his legal and teaching career, he wrote and produced motion pictures, for which he won the Writer's Guild of America Award, the Prix de Critiques at the Festival Avoriaz and the Silver Cairo at the Cairo Film Festival. One of his films was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Family Script.  Hawthorne graduated magna cum laude from Loyola Law School, where he was a Sayre Macneil Scholar and a Note & Comment Editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.

Selected Scholarship

  • "Bringing Baghdad into the Courtroom: Should Combat Trauma in Veterans Be Part of the Criminal Justice Equation?" 24:2 Criminal Justice 5 (ABA Publications Summer 2009).