Aliza Plener Cover
Associate Professor of Law
College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720-0051
Boise, ID 83720-0051
- B.A. (magna cum laude), Yale College, 2003;
- J.D. Yale Law School, 2008
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
- Supermajoritarian Criminal Justice, ___ Geo. Wash. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming).
- The Pope and the Capital Juror, ___ Yale L. J. Forum ___ (forthcoming).
The Arbiters of Decency: A Study of Legislators' Eighth Amendment Role (with David Niven), ___ Wash. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming).
Hybrid Jury Strikes, 52 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 357 (2017).
- The Eighth Amendment's Lost Jurors: Death Qualification and Evolving Standards of Decency, 92 Ind. L.J. 113 (2016).
- 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).
Recent Blog Posts
Professor Aliza Cover’s co-authored article on the death penalty is published in the Washington Law Review
Posted Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:05:00 -0800
Professor Cover’s article, The Arbiters of Decency: A Study of Legislators’ Eighth Amendment Role, which she co-authored with David Niven, a political science professor at the University of Cincinnati, is now in print in the Washington Law Review. Read more
Posted Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:45:00 -0700
Professor Cover published a Guest Opinion editorial in the Idaho Statesman prior to the vote to confirm now-Justice Kavanaugh. Read more
Posted Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800
Professor Aliza Plener Cover's article, The Eighth Amendment's Lost Jurors: Death Qualification and Evolving Standards of Decency, was selected as a finalist for the AALS Criminal Justice Section's Junior Scholars Paper Competition. Read more