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Michael Parente
USC Gould School of Law

Michael Parente

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Post-Conviction Justice Project

Telephone: (213) 740-0383
Fax: (213) 740-5502
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: May 16, 2023

Michael Parente co-directs the Post-Conviction Justice Project, a clinical program in which law students represent clients serving life sentences in California prisons, often for crimes committed in their youth. Under his guidance, students serve as lead counsel at parole hearings, challenge unjust convictions and sentences in court, and advocate for clients in clemency proceedings. In addition, the Project works to pass legislative reforms to improve the parole process and advance other laws impacting incarcerated individuals.

Parente teaches a post-conviction clinical seminar and has taught Criminal Procedure.

Prior to joining the USC Gould School of Law faculty, Parente served as a deputy federal public defender in Los Angeles for 10 years, primarily representing indigent individuals on California’s death row in post-conviction proceedings at all levels of state and federal court.

Parente holds a BS from Cornell University, an LLM in Law and Economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Economics from George Mason University. He received his JD from USC’s Gould School of Law where he was chair of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program and a student supervisor in the Post-Conviction Justice Project.


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