Leigh B. Bienen


Leigh B. Bienen is a Senior Lecturer Emerita at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and a criminal defense attorney whose areas of expertise include capital punishment, sex crimes, and rape reform legislation. She has taught law at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and D.C. and a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law and Social Science
  • Animal Rights
  • Women and the Law

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  • BA with honors in English, Cornell University
  • MA, University of Iowa Writers Workshop
  • JD, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Prior Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Lecturer and Administrative Director, 1991-1995, Undergraduate Program, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 1991-95
  • Assistant Deputy Public Defender, Director, 1977-1991, Special Projects section, New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate
  • Law Associate, Boalt Hall, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • Research Attorney, 1975-1976, Center of Rape Concern, Philadelphia General Hospital

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