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Gopal Balachandran

Gopal Balachandran | Penn State Law

Director, Externships Program
Co-Director, Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum
Adjunct Professor, LL.M. Legal Writing

(814) 867-5946

J.D., The George Washington University Law School, with honors
M.A., University of Chicago
B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professor Gopal Balachandran joins Penn State Law after more than a decade of service in public defense. He has represented indigent clients in matters ranging from drug distribution to first degree murder and has extensive felony trial experience. Most recently he worked for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in Annapolis, Maryland. He has also worked as a public defender in New York and Massachusetts.

Prior to working in indigent defense, he was an associate at a large law firm in Boston. 

"Naraka" (novel), 2012 Finalist for the Gival Press Novel Award.

“The Bookseller” (short fiction), Newport Review, 2007.

 “Thousandth Life” (short fiction), Cezanne’s Carrot, 2007.

“Lending to the Emerging Debtor in the Face of an Appeal”, The Commercial Lending Review, Jan. 2006, Vol. 21, Issue 1, p. 35.

“Engineering of the Deltoid Protein”, Volume 5, American Peptide Symposia, 1997.