Lara Bazelon graduated from Columbia University and NYU School of Law. She was a law clerk to Harry Pregerson, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Bazelon spent more than seven years in the Los Angeles Federal Public Defender's Office, where she tried felony cases and litigated capital and non-capital habeas cases. From 2010-2012, Bazelon was a teaching fellow at UC Hasting College of the Law in San Francisco. In 2012, she joined Loyola Law School as the Supervising Attorney of the Project for the Innocent. In 2013, she became the Director of the Project for the Innocent and is a visiting associate clinical professor of law. In 2014, Bazelon was selected to co-chair the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Committee on Ethics, Gideon & Professionalism. Bazelon writes frequently about the intersection of ethics and criminal justice.