Associate Professor of Law

Law, S. J. Quinney College of


Professor Baradaran is an expert in criminal law and constitutional and policy issues related to prison reform, bail, drugs, violent crime, race, judicial decisionmaking and the privacy rights of citizens. She served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar researching pretrial detention in Malawi and lecturing in criminal law at the University of Malawi. While in Malawi she worked as a justice advisor to the British Department for International Development, advised a coalition of international nongovernmental organizations and represented criminal defendants in felony cases and in constitutional litigation. She worked as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York, receiving national press for her role in prison reform litigation. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, on National Public Radio and other media outlets.


Criminal law (murder, rape cases, etc.), searches (illegal searches, drug searches, stop and frisk, racial profiling), pretrial detention, bail issues, prison overcrowding, incarceration, international crime, terrorism, money laundering, human and child trafficking, fair trade, white collar crime, grand jury investigations, prosecutors, drug policy/legalization

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