Laura H. Nirider

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Project Director, Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth


Laura Nirider is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Project 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."

Areas of Expertise

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Confessions
  • Police Interrogations

Selected Publications

  • Arresting Development: Convictions of Innocent Youth in 62 rutgers law review 887-941 (2010) (with Joshua A. Tepfer, and Lynda M. Tricarico ).
  • Combatting Contamination in Confession Cases in 79 university of chicago law review 837-862 (2012) (with Joshua A. Tepfer, and Steven A. Drizin).
  • Adjudicated Juveniles and Collateral Relief in 64 maine law review 553 (2012) (with Joshua A. Tepfer).
  • Reducing Risks: An Executive’s Guide to Effective Juvenile Interview and Interrogation (International Association of Chiefs of Police/Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, 2012) (with Joshua Tepfer, and Steven Drizin).
  • Opinion Editorial: Recording Interrogations Should Be the Norm in Arizona Republic (April 22, 2013).
  • Investigative Strategies in Confession Cases in 14 children's rights litigation newsletter (Summer 2012).

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  • AB, University of Chicago
  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law

Prior Appointments

  • Project Co-Director, Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Commercial Litigator, Sidley Austin LLP

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