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Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Laura Nirider is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Project Co-Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. Nirider represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted of crimes when they were children or teenagers. In connection with that work, she has represented several defendants in high-profile cases involving juvenile false confessions, including members of the West Memphis Three and Dixmoor Five. Nirider has also published several articles and op-eds on juvenile interrogations and post-conviction relief, and in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, she has co-authored one of the only existing juvenile interrogation protocols. Nirider also regularly presents on juvenile interrogations at defender and law enforcement training conferences around the country and has been featured in film and television programs as an expert on juvenile interrogations. Recently, she co-authored an amicus curiae brief on juvenile interrogations that was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in J.D.B. v. North Carolina (2011) for the proposition that the risk of false confession is "all the more troubling...and all the more acute...when the subject of custodial interrogation is a juvenile."