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Friday, November 11, 2005

CrimProf Blog Spotlight: California Western's Laurence Benner

Benner_1This week the CrimProf Blog spotlights Laurence Benner of California Western.

"Professor Benner has been an active participant, educator, and problem solver in the criminal justice arena for over three decades. His scholarship has been cited in the United States Supreme Court and excerpted in leading textbooks on criminal justice and procedure. The Other Face of Justice, which he co-authored, has been nationally recognized as a basic resource on the administration of criminal justice.

Joining California Western's faculty in 1985 following a distinguished career as a trial and appellate advocate, he formerly served as Director and Chief Trial Counsel of a Michigan public defender office, taught at the University of Chicago Law School in the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic and was Chief Legal Counsel to the Ombudsman Commission of Papua New Guinea, a constitutional office established to protect human rights. He was appointed to the U.S. Justice Department's National Study Commission on Criminal Defense Services, served on the American Bar Association Special Committee on Criminal Justice Administration, and is a past member of the Executive Commitee of the Association of American Law Schools Litigation Section.

Professor Benner co-founded California Western's Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, is a founding faculty member of the National Trial Skills Academy, and directs the law school's Bail Project and the San Diego Search Warrant Project."

Here is a link to an article about Benner's San Diego Search Warrant Project, Searching for Narcotics in San Diego: Preliminary Findings from the San Diego Search Warrant Project.  For a select list of his other publications, click here.

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