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