Christopher Hawthorne

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

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

Courses Taught

  • Legal Writing
  • Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic
  • Ethical Lawyering



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


Clinical Professor Christopher Hawthorne is Co-Director of Loyola Law School's Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic. He currently serves on George Gascon's District Attorney Transition Team (Resentencing) and the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center Advisory Board.
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 White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group. He has also written 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

  • In Re Cook and the Franklin Proceeding: New Door, Same Dilapidated House, 53 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 373 (2020) (with Marisa Sacks)
  • Exam First Aid: Diagnosing & Improving Multiple Choice Performance (Aspen-Wolters Kluwer, Fall 2016) (with Jennifer Kamita & Sascha Bensinger)
  • 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)

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