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 A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From 2000-2005, 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, serves on the Board of Advisers for the Green Bag’s annual Reader and Almanac, 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.

SSRN Author Page


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

Books and Book Chapters

Law Review Articles

  • A Tragedy of Errors: Blackstone, Procedural Asymmetry, and Criminal Justice , 128 HARV. L. REV. F. 91 (2015)
  • Justice in the Shadowlands: Pretrial Detention, Punishment, & the Sixth Amendment, 69 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 1297 (2013)
  • The Community Right to Counsel, 16 BERKELEY J. CRIM.L. (2012)
  • Oscar Wilde's Long Tail: Framing Sexual Identity in the Law, 70 MD. L. REV. 985 (2011)
  • The Plea Jury, 85 IND. L. J. 73 (2010)
  • The Lost Meaning of the Jury Trial Right, 84 IND. L. J. 397 (2009)
  • Towards a Common Law of Sentencing: Gall, Kimbrough and the Search for Reasonableness, 21 FED. SENT. REP. 3-6 (2008)
  • Retributive Justice and Hidden Sentencing, 68 OHIO ST. L. J. 1307 (2007)
  • Rethinking Retribution: Understanding Punishment Theory After Blakely, 18 FED. SENT. REP. 247-249 (2006)
  • Reports of Batson's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: How the Batson Procedure Enforces a Normative Framework for Legal Ethics, 78 TEMPLE L. REV. 101 (2005)
  • The Rise of the Modern American Law School: How Professionalization, German Scholarship and Legal Reform Shaped Our System of Legal Education, 39 NEW ENG. L. REV. 251 (2005)

Other Writing

  • Sentencing, Empirical Desert & Restorative Justice, in PAUL H. ROBINSON, STEPHEN GARVEY & KIMBERLY KESSLER FERZAN, EDS., CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS (Oxford 2009)
  • Splitting the Baby: The Danger of Distinguishing Between Offense and Offender Characteristics, in PAUL H. ROBINSON, STEPHEN GARVEY & KIMBERLY KESSLER FERZAN, EDS., CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS (Oxford 2009)
  • Please Don't Squeeze the Client, Legal Times, Vol. XXIX, No. 42 (October 16, 2006)
  • The Ethics of Indigent Criminal Defense Representation: Has New York Failed the Promise of Gideon?, 16.4 Prof. Lawyer (2005) (article)


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