Laura I Appleman

Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Professor of Law

Dean Appleman graduated from Yale Law School, where she was book review editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Humanities. After graduation in 1998, she 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 faculty of the Willamette University College of Law in 2006. Dean Appleman teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I & II, Family Law, and Sentencing Law & Policy.

Dean Appleman currently blogs at the Faculty Lounge. She 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.

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

Books and Book Chapters

Law Review Articles and Essays

Other Writing

  • "Sentencing, Empirical Desert & Restorative Justice" in Criminal Law Conversations (Robinson, Garvey and Ferzan, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • "Splitting the Baby: The Danger of Distinguishing Between Offense and Offender Characteristics" in Criminal Law Conversations (Robinson, Garvey and Ferzan, eds.) (Oxford University Press 2009).
  • Please Don't Squeeze the Client in XXIX Legal Times (October 16, 2006).
  • The Ethics of Indigent Criminal Defense Representation: Has New York Failed the Promise of Gideon? in 16.4 Professional Lawyer (2005). (article)


  • A Theory of Law, Amended & Mended, in A Micro-Symposium for Orin Kerr’s “A Theory of Law,” Part II, in 2 Journal of Law 490 (2013). (poem)
  • The Great Writ, in 9 Green Bag 2d 93 (2005). (poem)
  • The Appellate Lawyer's Lament, in 8 Green Bag 2d 210 (2005). (poem)