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Professor and Director, Criminal Justice Reform Clinic, Lewis & Clark

Professor Aliza B. Kaplan teaches Lawyering and is the Director of the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) where students engage in a critical examination of and participation in important and complex issues in the criminal justice system.

Prior to teaching at Lewis & Clark, Kaplan was an Associate Professor of Legal Skills at Brooklyn Law School. She was also the Deputy Director of the national Innocence Project and co-founded the New England Innocence Project. She was an associate at Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault in Boston and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Joseph E. Irenas of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Professor Kaplan was the 2015 recipient of the Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She gives presentations on and researches/writes in the areas of death penalty, wrongful convictions, asylum law and public interest lawyering.


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    Professor of Lawyering, Lewis & Clark