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Ty Alper

Title: Clinical Professor of Law; Associate Director, Death Penalty Clinic
Tel: 510-643-7849
Fax: 510-643-2673
Email Address: talper@law.berkeley.edu

FSU Contact: Olivia Layug

Before joining Berkeley Law in 2004, Ty Alper was a staff attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. A former law clerk to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Alper served as senior articles editor of the New York University Law Review.

At the Southern Center, Alper represented Alabama and Georgia death row inmates in all stages of state and federal post-conviction proceedings. He also represented hundreds of Alabama prisoners in federal class-action litigation concerning unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Alper previously served as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center's Criminal Justice Clinic, where he received an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy.

In 2010, the Federation of State Medical Boards awarded Alper the Ray L. Casterline Award for Excellence in Writing for his article on the role of state medical boards in the regulation of physician participation in executions. In 2008, his research into state animal euthanasia statutes and lethal injection protocols received national media attention and was cited by Justice John Paul Stevens in his concurring opinion in Baze v. Rees, 553 U.S. 35 (2008). In 2007, Alper received an "Angel Award" from California Lawyer in recognition of his "fierce commitment to pro bono cases." In 2003, Alper received the Recent Graduate Award from New York University School of Law in recognition of his professional achievements.

His publications include "Toward a Right to Litigate Ineffective Assistance of Counsel," in the Washington and Lee Law Review (2013); "Blind Dates: When Should the Statute of Limitations Begin to Run on a Method-of-Execution Challenge?", in the Duke Law Journal (2011); "The Role of State Medical Boards in Regulating Physician Participation in Executions," in the Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline (2009); "The Truth about Physician Participation in Lethal Injection Executions," in the North Carolina Law Review (2009); "Anesthetizing the Public Conscience: Lethal Injection and Animal Euthanasia" in the Fordham Urban Law Journal (2008); "What Do Lawyers Know About Lethal Injection?" in the Harvard Law and Policy Review (Online, 2008); and "Stories Told and Untold: Lawyering Theory Analyses of the First Rodney King Assault Trial" (with Anthony G. Amsterdam, et al.) in the Clinical Law Review (2005). Alper is a member of the California, District of Columbia, Georgia and Alabama bars.

Education:

B.A., Brown University (1995)
J.D., New York University (1998)
LL.M., Georgetown University (2004)

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