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Alan Hirsch

About Alan Hirsch

I am a professor/attorney/writer, educated at Amherst College (B.A. in Philosophy, 1981) and Yale Law School (J.D., 1985).  While my work has embraced numerous aspects of both the civil and criminal justice systems, I have increasingly focused my attention on false confessions – studying it, writing about it, and assisting attorneys as a retained expert consultant and/or witness.  I've been retained in more than 90 cases, and have testifed in Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia.

I am currently in my eighth year teaching in the Justice and Law Studies program at Williams College, where I have also taught Constitutional Law.  My involvement with the law over two decades also includes:

          Law Clerk for Judge Edward Becker on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

          Senior Attorney/Writer for the Federal Judicial Center, authoring materials designed to assist federal judges in the administration of justice.

          Author of six books and monographs, a dozen scholarly articles in leading law journals, and more than twenty op-eds and magazine articles on various aspects of the legal system, appearing in The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Newsday, among other publications.