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Laurie L. Levenson is the William M. Rains Fellow and Director of the Center for Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School. She has written books on California criminal law and is a frequent television commentator on criminal legal issues, first coming to fame as a frequent commentator for CBS in the OJ Simpson trial. She has written about the ethics of being a television commentator.

Levenson graduated Stanford Universitymarker and UCLA Law School, where she was chief articles editor of the UCLA Law Review. After clerking for Judge James Hunter III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, she worked as an assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, where she rose to the position of assistant division chief. She joined the Loyola faculty in 1989.

Along with Erwin Chemerinsky, she has argued that a "meaningful public trial in the 1990s requires that it be broadcast because few people realistically can attend court proceedings."

Levenson was critical of Alan Dershowitz for his representation of Simpson, saying it was not a "good cause"; Dershowitz responded by criticizing her as someone who exploited the case "for her own self-aggrandizement" and didn't understand the importance of the role of the defense attorney.

Levenson serves on the Board of Directors for Bet Tzedek Legal Services - The House of Justice.


  1. Erwin Chemerinsky & Laurie Levenson, The Ethics of Being a Commentator, 69 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1303 (1996)
  2. Cohn, supra, p. 40.

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