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Jan Stiglitz, a professor at California Western School of Law and a 1975 graduate of Albany Law School, was recently named Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer magazine.
Professor Stiglitz, a co-director of the California Innocence Project, was honored in part for helping to exonerate Brian Banks after he served more than five years in prison for a wrongful conviction. Banks is the former Long Beach high school football standout who was falsely accused of the rape and kidnapping of a classmate. Last year, California Innocence Project attorneys and students helped clear his name, thanks to new evidence and more comprehensive investigatory work.
The California Innocence Project is a law school clinical program dedicated to the release of wrongfully convicted inmates and providing an outstanding educational experience for students enrolled in the clinic. The California Innocence Project reviews approximately 2,000 claims from inmates each year and has earned the exoneration of nine wrongfully convicted clients since its inception.
At California Western School of Law, Professor Stiglitz teaches Civil Procedure I & II, Torts I, California Innocence Project I & II, and Internship Seminar. He also has a scholarly and practical interest in appellate advocacy, and he has edited and helped write the last five editions of California Appellate Practice Manual and has chaired California's Appellate Advisory Commission.
Professor Stiglitz originally practiced labor law in New York City. In addition to his J.D. from Albany Law, he also earned an LL.M. from Harvard and a degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.