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Stephen Rushin


Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

Email: srushin@illinois.edu

Phone: (972) 896-2057


Stephen Rushin is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. candidate at Berkeley in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) program. His research and teaching focuses on issues in criminal law, criminal procedure, information privacy, evidence, and constitutional law. He is currently working on a book entitled "The Answer to Police Misconduct" (Cambridge University Press) that examines the Justice Department’s implementation of structural reform litigation in American police departments. His work has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in the Minnesota Law Review (job talk) and the Fordham Law Review.

Various national media outlets have discussed or cited his work. He has been quoted by news outlets like NPR, TIME, the National Law Journal, the Oakland Tribune, and the New Scientist. Most recently, he appeared on the nationally televised HBO news series VICE to discuss his work on police surveillance. And he filed an amicus brief discussing his coauthored empirical work on the residual clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act in the case of Johnson v. U.S. before the U.S. Supreme Court. Prominent civil rights and criminal justice organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Brotherhood of Police Officers, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, have cited his work in court filings and public reports.

Stephen has the received numerous teaching awards. The University of Illinois recognized Stephen as a “Teacher Ranked as Excellent.” At Berkeley, Stephen received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.

Stephen holds a J.D. from Berkeley, where he was a member of the California Law Review and received a Third Year High Distinction Award (top 10% of class), among other awards for academic performance. He also holds a B.A. from the University of Texas, where he graduated with high honors. Stephen expects to complete his Ph.D. at Berkeley during the upcoming academic year. While at Berkeley, he was a Selznick Fellow and recipient of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Scholarship.

Website: http://www.stephenrushin.com


B.A., Texas (2008)
J.D., Berkeley (2011)
Ph.D. Berkeley (Expected, 2014-15)


Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Privacy Law, Policing, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Empirical Legal Studies


California Law Review (2009-2011) (Berkeley Law)
Recognized on list of "Teachers Ranked as Excellent" (2013, University of Illinois)
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (2012-2013) (JSP)
FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Scholarship (2012-2013) (JSP)
Selznick Fellow (2011-2012) (JSP)
Third Year High Distinction (10% percent class) (Berkeley Law)

Academic Experiences:

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois College of Law (Appointed for 2013-2015)

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