McGeorge School of Law

Gerald Caplan

Dean Emeritus
Gerald Caplan

BA, MA, JD, Northwestern University


Professor Gerald Caplan served as the seventh dean of McGeorge after a distinguished record in public administration and in academia. Among other government positions he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, General Counsel for the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia, Director of the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, President of the Legal Services Corporation, and Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Protection Bureau. Caplan 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. After building a reputation as a scholar in the field of criminal justice, his current research interests now also include contracts and the judicial process.

Scholarship/Professional Activities

Medical Marijuana, A Study of Unintended Consequences, 43 McGeorge L. Rev. 127 (2011).

Legal Autopsies: Assessing the Performance of Judges and Lawyers Through the Window of Leading Contract Cases, 73 Albany L. Rev. 1 (2009).

The Making of the Attorney General: John Mitchell and the Crimes of Watergate Reconsidered, 41 McGeorge L. Rev. 311 (2010) (reviewing James Rosen, The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate (2008)).

Searching for Holmes Among the Biographers, George Washington L. Rev. 769-805 (2002).

ABSCAN Ethics: Moral Issues and Deception in Law Enforcement (Ballinger 1983).