Lara Zarowsky joined the faculty in 2011 and established the Innocence Project Northwest track of the Legislative Advocacy Clinic. Her Clinic students championed the 2013 law to compensate Washington's wrongly convicted, and the 2015 law to preserve biological evidence. She has served as Director of the Legislative Advocacy Clinic since 2014.
In addition to her clinical work, Professor Zarowsky teaches Negotiation and courses related to Legislation and Public Policy, with special emphasis on the Washington State legislative process.
Professor Zarowsky began her law career in the Washington State Legislature where she served as non-partisan staff to the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committees.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Zarowsky serves as the Policy Director for Innocence Project Northwest where she leads the organization's efforts to collaborate with criminal justice leaders to improve statewide practices to prevent the conviction of the innocent. She lectures nationally on innocence-related criminal justice policy reform, and is a founding member of the working group whose efforts resulted in the 2015 adoption of science-based eyewitness identification standards by statewide law enforcement and prosecutor organizations.
Lara received her undergraduate degree from the Evergreen State College, and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.