Laura I Appleman

Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Professor of Law


  • JD, Yale University, 1998
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994

Areas of Expertise

Dean Appleman teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, family law and sentencing law and policy.

Professional Experience

After graduation in 1998, Appleman served as law clerk to Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From 2000-05, she was a criminal appellate public defender at the Center for Appellate Litigation, where she briefed and argued approximately 50 appeals in front of the New York appellate courts, including the New York Court of Appeals. From 2005-06, Dean Appleman was a visiting assistant professor at Hofstra University School of Law. She joined the Willamette University College of Law faculty in 2006.

Honors and Professional Affiliations

Appleman is a member of the Yale Law School Executive Committee, is co-reporter for the Yale Law School class of '98, has served on the Criminal Advocacy Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and has worked with the Brennan Center for Justice on issues of indigent defense and criminal procedure. She currently blogs at the Faculty Lounge.

Appleman is admitted to practice law by the State Bar of New York.

Key Works


Chapters of Books or Articles Within Books

Law Review Articles and Essays

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