Professor of Lawyering and Director, Criminal Justice Reform Clinic
Erskine B. Wood Hall
Appointments and Service
Organizer for the conference Bringing Outside In: Social Justice Collaborations in the Legal Writing Curriculum. Drexel University School of Law. June 2014.
Cofounder of the Oregon Innocence Project (OIP), which launched in April 2014 and began accepting cases in June 2014.
Organizer for the National Innocence Network Conference. Portland, Oregon. April 2014.
Interviewed by Amelia Templeton for news segment “Bill Introduced to Overhaul Oregon’s Post-Conviction DNA Testing Law.” OPB Radio, March 6, 2015.
Interviewed for “Six Reasons the Death Penalty Is Becoming More Expensive.” The Marshall Project (blog), December 18, 2014.
Interviewed by Maxine Bernstein for “Multnomah County DA Assigns Veteran Prosecutor to Guard Against Wrongful Convictions.” The Oregonian, October 26, 2014.
Testimony on amending Post Conviction DNA Testing Law. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, Salem, Oregon. June 1, 2015.
Testimony on amending Post Conviction DNA Testing Law. House Judiciary Committee Hearing, Salem, Oregon. March 25, 2015.
On the Oregon Innocence Project. Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Aloha, Oregon. February 9, 2015. With Steve Wax, legal director of the Oregon Innocence Project.
“Wrongful Conviction: A Chance for Redemption.” PI Magazine (December 2014).
Professor Aliza B. Kaplan teaches Lawyering and is the Director of the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) which operates in collaboration with the Oregon Justice Resource Center, an organization that uses an integrative advocacy approach to criminal justice reform. She is the co-founder of the Oregon Innocence Project, an organization that works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. Kaplan regularly works on wrongful conviction cases, represents the Oregon Innocence Project in the community, 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, 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 gives presentations on and researches/writes in the areas of death penalty, wrongful convictions, asylum law and public interest lawyering
Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions
- Legal Analysis and Writing
- Public Interest Lawyering: Theory and Practice Seminar
- Wrongful Convictions
- Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC)
- B.A. 1991 The George Washington University
- J.D. 1999 Northeastern University School of Law
- Who Could it Be Now? Challenging the Reliability of First Time In-Court Identifications After State v. Henderson and State v. Lawson, J. Crim. L. & Criminology (with Janis Puracal) (Forthcoming Spring 2015).
- 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).