Ronald C. Tyler

Ronald C. Tyler

Ronald C. Tyler

  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Director, Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Room N122, Neukom Building


  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Drug Policy
  • Policing & Gun Policy
  • Race & the Criminal Justice System
Criminal Defense Clinic - Ron Tyler with Students

Criminal Defense Clinic

Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic represent indigent individuals accused of crimes in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. The cases encompass a wide range of misdemeanor offenses and some of the more common charges include drug possession, assault, theft, and weapons possession.

Under the supervision of Professor Ronald Tyler, students represent clients at all stages of criminal proceedings, including conducting fact investigation, interviewing witnesses, plea negotiations, working with experts, suppression motions, and trials. At every stage of a case, the clinic’s goal is to provide zealous, client centered representation. The students and staff at the Criminal Defense Clinic recognize that being arrested and accused of a crime is a difficult time for the persons accused and their loved ones. We do everything we can to help a client through this challenging time.

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Speaking Engagements

August 1, 2015

Prof. Tyler was a moderator at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2015 Conference in Boca Raton, Florida. The workshop on criminal law and criminal procedure was entitled: “Keeping the Conversation Going: Intractable Problems in the U.S. Criminal Justice System.” The discussion benefitted from the scholarship, clinical projects, litigation and other means by which the panelists sought to address the issues raised in Michelle Alexander's book, “The New Jim Crow.”

February 23, 2015

Prof. Tyler was the keynote speaker at the annual BLSA Black History Month Gala: “Voting Rights: Our Nation, Our Voices.”


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