Ty Alper

  • Clinical Professor of Law
  • talper@law.berkeley.edu
  • Tel: 510-643-7849 | Fax: 510-643-2673
  • 346 Law Building (North Addition), Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200

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 also 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.

Alper has won the Ray L. Casterline Award for Excellence in Writing from Federation of State Medical Boards for his article on the role of state medical boards in the regulation of physician participation in executions; the “Angel Award” from California Lawyer in recognition of his “fierce commitment to pro bono cases”; and the Recent Graduate Award from New York University School of Law in recognition of his professional achievements. In his concurring opinion in Baze v. Rees, 553 U.S. 35 (2008), Justice John Paul Stevens cited Alper’s research into state animal euthanasia statutes and lethal injection protocols.

Alper’s publications include “The United States Execution Drug Shortage: A Consequence of Our Values,” in the Brown Journal of World Affairs (2014); “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); “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.


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

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