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The following are articles, interviews, and publications regarding work in which the clinic, its projects, clinic students, and/or Professor and Clinic Director Aliza Kaplan, are featured. If you are a media outlet looking to connect with Professor Kaplan, you may contact her at

Portland Mercury: Oregon’s Death Penalty Is Almost Nonexistent—So Why Can’t We Get Rid of It?

Bloomberg News: Jury Verdicts in Spotlight on Supreme Court’s Opening Day

Democrat-herald, Editorial: Attorney general offers defense of split verdicts

AP News, Oregon defends past nonunanimous jury verdicts to high court

The Oregonian, Opinion: Oregon’s new death-penalty law is not retroactive. It’s how the law works

The Oregonian, Lawmakers vote to substantially limit Oregon’s death penalty

The Skanner News, ‘Unwanted’ and Under Arrest

The Oregonian, Oregon Supreme Court throws out nearly 67-year sentences for 15-year-old twins who killed elderly couple in Salem

Bustle, What Criminal Justice Reform Looks Like When Black Women’s Needs Are Put First

LAW 360, High Court Could Soon End Split Jury Verdicts for Good  

The Advocate, Louisiana jury case revives long-running Supreme Court debate over reach of Bill of Rights

Reason, The Lingering Stench of Marijuana Prohibition

The Oregonian, Opinion: Governor should help end mass incarceration with clemency power

Bloomberg News, Louisiana Vote for Unanimous Juries May Not Be Last Word

The Skanner News, Legal Clinic Launches for Homeless Youth

The Appeal, After Victory in Louisiana, Oregon is Now the Only State Using Split Juries to Convict People

KGW, Portland: WA Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

NPR, Morning Edition:  Oregon Appeals Court to hear challenge to non-unanimous convictions 

OPB, Think Out Loud: Portland Considers Expunging Renters’ Felony Records

The Oregonian: DA drops case against patient who bit nurse

The Advocate (Louisiana): Oregon eyes own changes to split-verdict law: ‘Do we really want to be like Louisiana?’

US News: How to Gauge the Strength of Law School Clinics

The Oregonian: Gov. Kate Brown pardons former Portland gang member turned mentor

Oregon Public Radio: Advocates Skeptical Of Campaign To Upend Oregon’s Jury Law


Willamette Week:To Scrap Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts, District Attorneys May Want Something In Return

OPB: Oregon DAs To Back Campaign Against Non-Unanimous Juries

Willamette Week: Oregon District Attorneys Accidentally Reveal a Surprisingly Progressive Stance on Unanimous Jury Decisions

The Oregonian: Campaign to repeal Oregon’s unusual non-unanimous jury system begins


U.S. News: Oregon Murder Case Shows Obstacles to DNA Testing

The Oregonian: Case to test Oregon’s unusual jury system still before U.S. Supreme Court

The Oregonian: Justice requires a tougher standard than ‘guilty enough’

Bend Bulletin: U.S. Supreme Court may review non-unanimous jury verdicts

Oregonian: ‘Dirty secret’ of Oregon jury system could go before U.S. Supreme Court

In Justice Today:

Portland Tribune: Oregon’s non-unanimous jury law under scrutiny

This story has been picked up by several other regional outlets including The East Oregonian, The Blue Mountain Eagle, The Daily Astorian and the Wallowa County Chieftain.

Oregonian: 7 things we learned from the ‘Making a Murderer’ lawyers’ Portland appearance

OPB: Even When Juries Can’t Agree, Convictions Are Still Possible In Oregon

OPB: Study: In Oregon, Death Sentence Quadruples Cost Of Case

Oregonian: How much does the Oregon death penalty cost? New study examines 100s of cases

OPB: Gary Haugen Has A New Execution Date, But Oregon’s Death Penalty Moratorium Remains

OPB: Death Penalty in Oregon

Oregonian: Beyond ‘Making a Murderer’: 10 real-life injustices in Oregon history

Oregonian: 7 things we learned from the ‘Making a Murderer’ lawyers’ Portland appearance

KTVZ News: Special report: OSP crime lab scandal already spurs changes

Chemistry World: Forensic crime lab malpractice surfaces in Oregon

KTVZ News: OSP forensic analyst scandal widens

Bend Bulletin: District attorneys reviewing cases: Crook County DA notifying defense attorneys of OSP forensic probe

Portland Tribune: My View: Changes would improve witness IDs

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    Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) is located in Wood Hall on the Law Campus.

    Professor Aliza Kaplan

    • Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) Lewis & Clark Law School10015 S.W. Terwilliger BoulevardMSC 51 Portland OR 97219