University of Southern California

Heidi Rummel

Heidi Rummel is a directing attorney for the Post-Conviction Justice Project, a clinical program where students advocate for the legal rights of convicted prisoners. A former federal prosecutor, Professor Rummel specializes in criminal law and procedure, state and federal habeas law and the California parole system, evidence, criminal civil rights, and human trafficking. She teaches a post-conviction clinical seminar, Criminal Law, Legal Analysis of Evidence, and Trial Advocacy.

Professor Rummel worked at 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, Professor Rummel was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she handled state court prosecutions and appellate matters.

Professor Rummel holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. She clerked for the Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

 

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