Aliza Plener Cover
Associate Dean of Faculty & Professor of Law
Front St. 350
College of Law
University of Idaho
501 W. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702-7232
- J.D. Yale Law School, 2008
- B.A. (magna cum laude), Yale College, 2003
Aliza Cover joined the faculty of the College of Law in 2014. Her teaching and scholarly interests focus on criminal law and procedure, capital punishment, evidence, and constitutional law. Before moving to Idaho, she was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she taught Legal Research & Writing, Moot Court, and a course on the death penalty. Professor Cover earned her undergraduate degree in English and her J.D. from Yale. During law school, she served as a student director of the Immigration Legal Services Clinic and spent her summers at the Refugee Law Project in Kampala, Uganda, and at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She was the Public Editor of the Yale Law Journal and co-chair of the Rebellious Lawyering Conference. After graduating, Professor Cover clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, then worked as a staff attorney at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, representing indigent defendants facing the death penalty.
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Capital Punishment
- Indigent Defense
- Constitutional Law
- Law & Literature
- The Constitutional Guarantee of Criminal Justice Transparency, 74 Ala. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2022).
- Narrowing Death Eligibility in Idaho: An Empirical and Constitutional Analysis, 57 Idaho L. Rev. 559 (2021).
- Supermajoritarian Criminal Justice, 87 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 875(2019).
- The Arbiters of Decency: A Study of Legislators’ Eighth Amendment Role (with David Niven), 93 Wash. L. Rev. 1397 (2018).
- The Pope and the Capital Juror, 128 Yale L. J. Forum 599 (2018).
- Hybrid Jury Strikes, 52 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 357 (2017) (cited by State v. Holmes, 334 Conn. 202 (2019)).
- The Eighth Amendment’s Lost Jurors: Death Qualification and Evolving Standards of Decency, 92 Ind. L.J. 113 (2016) (finalist, 2017 AALS Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholars Paper Competition).
- On Law-Breaking and Law’s Legitimacy, 15 U. Md. L.J. Race Relig. Gender & Class 310 (2015) (symposium).
- Archetypes of Faith: How Americans See, and Believe In, Their Constitution, 26 Stan. L. & Pol’y Rev. 555 (2015).
- Cruel and Invisible Punishment: Redeeming the Counter-Majoritarian Eighth Amendment, 79 Brook. L. Rev. 1141 (2014).