Gerald Caplan

Gerald Caplan

Professor of Law
B.A., M.A., J.D., Northwestern University


Phone: 916.739.7251
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In 2001, Gerald Caplan completed his ninth year as dean of Pacific McGeorge and rejoined the law school faculty. Before serving as dean, he enjoyed a distinguished legal career in government. Following graduation, Professor Caplan served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as a general counsel for the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia.

In 1973, Attorney General Elliot Richardson appointed him Director of the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, until 1977, when he joined the law faculty at George Washington University. Subsequently, Professor Caplan was retained by the United States Department of Justice to review the use of deadly force by the Los Angeles Police Department.

In 1985-86, he headed an independent commission that critiqued the Philadelphia Police Department following the MOVE bombing and row-house fire and recommended measures to reorganize the department. Professor Caplan also served as interim president of Legal Services Corporation (1982) and deputy director of the FTC's Consumer Protection Bureau (1991-92).

Professor Caplan's essay on Justice Holmes has been widely praised and his article on Miranda v. Arizona reprinted in several anthologies. Caplan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Children's Law Center, and he is a member of California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) Autism Advisory Task Force.

Courses: Contracts, Criminal Law

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