Ty Alper

  • Clinical Professor of Law
    Co-Director, Death Penalty Clinic
  • 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 “Third-Party Sexual Harassment: The Challenge of Title IX Obligations for Law School Clinics” (Washington Law Review, 2021); “Criminal Defense Attorney Confidentiality in the Age of Social Media” (Criminal Justice, 2016); “The United States Execution Drug Shortage: A Consequence of Our Values” (Brown Journal of World Affairs, 2014); “Blind Dates: When Should the Statute of Limitations Begin to Run on a Method-of-Execution Challenge?” (Duke Law Journal, 2011); “The Role of State Medical Boards in Regulating Physician Participation in Executions” (Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, 2009); and “Stories Told and Untold: Lawyering Theory Analyses of the First Rodney King Assault Trial” (with Anthony G. Amsterdam, et al., Clinical Law Review, 2005). Alper is a member of the California, District of Columbia, Georgia and Alabama bars. He also serves as an elected member of the Berkeley (Ca.) Board of Education.


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