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Kenneth Agran's Investigative Criminal Procedure:
A Law & Order Casebook
About The Author

Kenneth D. Agran

  • B.A., Dartmouth College, History & Government, 1992 (summa cum laude)
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1995 (magna cum laude)


Ken Agran's fascination with the law and legal argument began in high school, when he joined the debate team and learned how to research and debate the major legal and policy questions of the time. At Dartmouth College, Ken continued to pursue his passion for debate, and during his senior year, he and his partner were unanimously selected by a national panel of coaches as the recipients of the Rex Copeland Award, given annually to the best college debate team in the country. While his competitive debate career ended with his college graduation, Ken still found himself surrounded by opinionated and argumentative people at Harvard Law School, and he felt right at home: He won the Sears Prize at the end of his second year after earning the top grades in his class, and during his third year, he served on the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, Ken opened his own law practice, developing special expertise in appellate litigation and in the award of attorney fees under California's private attorney general statute.

Ken began his teaching career in 1999 in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Irvine, designing a series of law courses for undergraduates. A few years later, he took his teaching talents to the law school level, first as an adjunct professor at Whittier Law School and Chapman University School of Law, and then as a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Whittier Law School. Over the years, he designed and taught eight different law school courses—Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Bioethics & the Law, Child Custody: Law & Practice, and Education Law—and consistently received outstanding student evaluations.

In recent years, Ken has taken some time off from classroom teaching to focus on several creative endeavors combining his interests in law, writing, legal education, and entertainment. Among these projects is Investigative Criminal Procedure: A Law & Order Casebook, the first in a planned series of LAW & ORDER casebooks published by West Academic.

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