My Bio

web-picAbout 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 100 cases, and have testified in Arizona, Colorado,  the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

I am currently chair of 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.
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