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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Professor Mary Berkheiser, a Juvenile Defense Trailblazer

Professor Berkheiser serves as professor of law, director of clinical programs, and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the Boyd School of Law.

She was recently highlighted as a “true juvenile defense trailblazer” in an article on the National Juvenile Defender Center website commending her commitment to the juvenile defense community.

“Mary has left an indelible mark on legal education in the state,” said the article, referring to her role as a founding faculty member at the William S. Boyd School of Law. “But it’s her passion for protecting the rights of children that makes her a leader in juvenile defense, taking on issues such as waiver of counsel, shackling, and juvenile life without parole on a local, state, and national level.”

Professor Berkheiser's areas of expertise include clinical legal education and teaching, criminal procedure, juvenile law, criminal law, and appellate law.