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Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Post-Conviction Justice ProjectEmail: email@example.com
Telephone: (213) 740-2865
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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 458
Last Updated: October 3, 2018
Heidi Rummel co-directs the Post-Conviction Justice Project. Under her supervision, second and third-year law students represent California life-term inmates, primarily women and youth offenders. The Project has won the release of more than 100 clients through the parole process, on habeas corpus challenging the denial of parole, and on habeas corpus challenging murder convictions where expert testimony of Intimate Partner Battering was not received by the court. Since 2012, the Project has represented juveniles sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on constitutional challenges to their sentences, petitions for resentencing, and resentencing hearings.
Rummel has worked to pass recent legislative reforms in California, including expanding the scope of habeas relief for inmates with a history of battering related to their crime (AB 593 amending Penal Code § 1473.5); requiring the parole board to give specialized consideration to a history of battering at parole hearings (AB 1593 amending Penal Code § 4801); creating a process for juveniles sentenced to life without parole to petition for a resentencing hearing (SB 9 amending Penal Code § 1170(d)); creating the Youth Offender Parole Hearing process (SB 260 and SB 261 amending Penal Code §§ 3051 and 4801); and revising the fitness criteria for juveniles to be transferred to adult court (SB 382 amending Penal Code § 1170.17 and Welfare and Institutions Code § 707).
Prior to joining the USC Gould School of Law faculty, Rummel served in the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles from 1996-2005 prosecuting federal criminal civil rights offenses, including human trafficking, police misconduct, and hate crimes. She also prosecuted gang crimes, arson cases, and child pornography offenses, and served as deputy chief in the General Crimes Section. Previously, Rummel was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she handled state court prosecutions and appellate matters.
Rummel teaches a post-conviction clinical seminar, Legislative Policy Practicum, Criminal Law, Legal Analysis of Evidence, and Trial Advocacy.
Rummel holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors and a JD from the University of Chicago with honors. She clerked for the Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
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Susan Estrich writes an op-ed about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is not responding well to the COVID-19 outbreak. She said, "Right now, HIPAA is making it impossible to know whether you have been in contact with an infected person and, in turn, whether you may be infecting a high-risk loved one."
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“Children’s concealment of a minor transgression: The role of age, maltreatment, and executive functioning,” (with Shanna Williams and Kelly McWilliams) Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 191 (2020).
Thomas D. Lyon
“The effects of the putative confession and evidence presentation on maltreated and non-maltreated 9- to 12-year-olds’ coached concealment of a minor transgression,” (with Angela Evans) Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 188 (2019).
"The Adversarial Mindset," Psychology, Public Policy and Law.