Brooks named professor at USD School of Law

Justin Brooks, the founding director of the California Innocence Project, was recently named a professor of practice at the University of San Diego (USD)’s School of Law. He stepped into the new role in late August at the start of USD’s fall semester.

In his new role, Brooks will concentrate on improving the justice system in Latin America through advanced legal education and hands-on advocacy training, USD said in a news release. Through Brooks’ guidance, law professors and students will get the tools and legal expertise they need to make an impact in their communities through the judicial system, the release said.

Justin Brooks

Justin Brooks, founding director of the California Innocence Project, is now a professor of practice at the University of San Diego (USD)’s School of Law.

(Union-Tribune)

Outside of his role at USD, Brooks will focus on Latin American innocence projects by meeting with organizers in countries spanning from Chile to Mexico and the Caribbean and providing his legal expertise to help free prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted.

As the founding director of the California Innocence Project from 1999-2023, Brooks helped to free 40 wrongfully convicted people from prison in the United States and expanded his reach to Latin America, assisting in the launching of 38 innocence projects that have exonerated more than 30 people.

The addition of Justin Brooks to USD’s School of Law will continue the university’s mission of confronting humanity’s urgent challenges and working for justice not just in San Diego, but around the world.

In the news release, Robert Schapiro, dean and C. Hugh Friedman Professor of Law at USD, said “Justin will greatly advance our programs in Mexico and across Latin America by building partnerships, spreading professional knowledge and working toward a more just world.”

Alliant University professor elected president of APA

Debra Kawahara, Ph.D., an associate dean and professor at Alliant University in San Diego, has been elected president of the American Psychological Association, the university said in a news release.

Kawahara’s one-year team will begin Jan. 1, 2025.

The APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 146,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. The vote was open to all APA members, according to the new release.

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