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Stephen Rushin


Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

Email: srushin@illinois.edu

Phone: (217) 244-6015


I am currently serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, where I teach Criminal Law and Information Privacy Law. I will be going on the tenure-track law teaching market during the 2014-15 academic year. I am currently working on a book, entitled "The Answer to Police Misconduct" (under external review at the Cambridge University Press) that uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the Justice Department’s implementation of structural reform litigation in American police departments. I have published numerous law review articles and social science book chapters. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Minnesota Law Review (job talk), the Fordham Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review, the California Law Review, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, among other journals.

A variety of national media outlets have featured my research and analysis. Most recently, I have appeared as a subject matter expert on the HBO television news series “Vice,” to discuss my research on police surveillance. I have also discussed my work on police surveillance in various radio and newspaper interviews with major outlets like Time Magazine and the Oakland Tribune. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has also cited my work in their inaugural policy recommendations on the use of police surveillance technologies. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund discussed my co-authored empirical work on the effects of punitive sanctions on juvenile homicide rates in its amicus brief before the Michigan Supreme Court in the case of People v. Carp. And I am currently working on an amicus brief discussing my co-authored 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.

I received my J.D. from Berkeley Law, where I was a member of the California Law Review. I received my B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, where I graduated with high honors. I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley. While at Berkeley I received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. And since starting my current position at the University of Illinois College of Law, I have been recognized as a "Teacher Ranked as Excellent" by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Website: http://www.stephenrushin.com


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


Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Information Privacy, Torts, Constitutional Law, Policing, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Professional Responsibility, 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)

Curriculum Vitae