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Laura Appleman

Van Winkle Melton Professor of Law; University Research Integrity Officer

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Salem Campus

Collins Legal Center 449
245 Winter Street SE
Salem  Oregon  97301


Professor Laura Appleman joined the College of Law faculty in 2006. Appleman teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, family law and sentencing law and policy.

Prior to coming to Willamette, Appleman served as a law clerk to Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after graduation from Yale University. From 2000-05, 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. 

Appleman is a member of the Yale Law School Executive Committee, is co-reporter for the Yale Law School class of '98, 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. She currently blogs at the Faculty Lounge.

Appleman is admitted to practice law by the State Bar of New York.


  • JD, Yale University, 1998
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
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Willamette University
College of Law
245 Winter Street SE
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
(503) 370-6405