Associate Professor of Legal Analysis and Writing
Erskine B. Wood Hall
Aliza Kaplan teaches Legal Analysis and Writing, Wrongful Convictions and Public Interest Lawyering. She consults on death penalty and wrongful convictions cases, represents asylum seekers and is an active board member of the Oregon Justice Resource Center. She is also a documentary film producer — the 2007 film she co-produced, My Country, My Country, was nominated for an Academy Award, and her 2010 film, The Oath, was nominated for two news Emmy Awards.
Prior to teaching at Lewis & Clark, Professor Kaplan was an Associate Professor of Legal Skills at Brooklyn Law School. She was also the Deputy Director of the national Innocence Project, an organization that represents prison inmates in their efforts to obtain DNA testing to prove their innocence, 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.
Kaplan gives presentations on and writes in the areas of lawyering skills, death penalty, wrongful convictions, asylum law, and public interest lawyering. She is also a co-founder of the newly formed Oregon Innocence Project, www.oregoninnocence.org.
Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions
- Legal Analysis and Writing
- Public Interest Lawyering: Theory and Practice Seminar
- Wrongful Convictions
- B.A. 1991 The George Washington University
- J.D. 1999 Northeastern University School of Law
- How to Build a Public Interest Lawyer (And Help All Law Students Along the Way), 15 Loy. J. Pub. Int. L.153 (2013)
- Oregon’s Death Penalty: The Practical Reality, 17 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1 (Spring 2013).
- Disabled and Disserved: The Right to Counsel for Mentally Disabled Aliens in Removal Proceedings, 26 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 523 (Spring 2012)
- Think [and Practice] Like a Lawyer: Research Instruction for the New Millennials, 8 Leg. Comm. & Rhetoric 153 (Fall 2011) (with Kathleen Darvil). (Awarded 2012 Outstanding Article by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) of the American Associations of Law Libraries (AALL)).
- A New Approach to Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in Removal Proceedings, 62 Rutgers L. Rev. 345 (Winter 2010).