Introducing Guest Blogger Laura Appleman

06-089-005-appleman.jpgI’m very pleased to announce that Professor Laura Appleman, of Willamette University School of Law, will be doing a reprise visit with us this month. Laura teaches criminal law, criminal procedure and sentencing. She received her J.D. from Yale University, and both her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Willamette faculty this year, she visited at Hofstra University from 2005-06. Prior to entering law teaching, Laura served for five years as an appellate public defender for the city of New York, where she argued approximately 50 appeals (and actually won three!). Laura also served as a law clerk for A. Wallace Tashima of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Her current research focuses on the role of punishment theory in recent sentencing reforms, the conflict between 6th Amendment rights and plea deals/bench trials, and, more generally, issues of legal ethics in criminal procedure. Laura serves on the Green Bag’s Board of Advisers for Almanac of Good Legal Writing and occasionally blogs about legal ethics at The Legal Ethics Forum.

Her recent writing includes:

* Retributive Justice and Hidden Sentencing , 68 Ohio St. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2007)

* Rediscovering Retribution: Punishment Theory After Blakely, Fed. Sent. Rep., Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 247-249 (April 2006)

* Reports of Batson’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: How the Batson Doctrine Enforces a Normative Framework of Legal Ethics, 78 Temple L. Rev. 607 (2005)

* The Rise of the Modern American Law School: How Professionalization, German Scholarship and Legal Reform Shaped Our System of Legal Education, 39 New England L. Rev. 251 (2005)

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