John Rappaport

John Rappaport

Assistant Professor of Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar

John Rappaport studies criminal procedure and the criminal justice system. Within these fields, his work examines the boundaries and interaction between public forces and private ones, including liability insurers, "retail justice" companies, and the private defense bar. Much of John's current research focuses on policing and police misconduct, including the effects on police behavior of collective bargaining rights, unionization, and regulation by insurance.

John graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2006. He clerked for Judges Stephen Reinhardt and Paul Watford of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court. He also practiced in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Los Angeles Federal Public Defender’s office and as a litigator at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. He studied mathematics as an undergraduate, earning his degree with distinction from Stanford University. Before joining the faculty, John taught at the Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law.


Harvard Law School
JD, magna cum laudeJune 2006

Stanford University
BS in mathematics with distinction, June 2002


The University of Chicago Law School
Assistant Professor of Law, 2015-present
Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow & Lecturer in Law, 2013-2015

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit San Francisco, CA
Law clerk, the Honorable Paul J. Watford, January-June 2013
Law clerk, the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, 2006-2007

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Los Angeles, CA
Litigation Associate, 2010-2012

Supreme Court of the United States
Law clerk, the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2009-2010

Office of the Federal Public Defender Los Angeles, CA
Deputy Federal Public Defender, Capital Habeas Unit, 2007-2009

Journal Articles

  • "Some Doubts About 'Democratizing' Criminal Justice," 87 University of Chicago Law Review __ (2020) (forthcoming). ssrn
  • "Criminal Justice, Inc.," 118 Columbia Law Review 2251 (2018). ssrn cu www
  • "The Structural Function of the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel of Choice," 2017 Supreme Court Review 117 (2017). ssrn cu www
  • "How Private Insurers Regulate Public Police," 130 Harvard Law Review 1539 (2017). ssrn cu
  • "An Insurance-Based Typology of Police Misconduct," 2016 University of Chicago Legal Forum 369 (2016). ssrn cu
  • "Second-Order Regulation of Law Enforcement," 103 California Law Review 205 (2015). ssrn cu
  • "Unbundling Criminal Trial Rights," 82 University of Chicago Law Review 181 (2015). ssrn cu

Working Papers

  • "Is Police Behavior Getting Worse? The Importance of Data Selection in Evaluating the Police," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 865 (2019) (with Aurelie Ouss). ssrn cu
  • "Collective Bargaining Rights and Police Misconduct: Evidence from Florida," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 831 (2018) (with Dhammika Dharmapala & Richard H. McAdams ). ssrn cu

Other Publications

  • "Jeff Sessions Is Scapegoating the ACLU for Chicago’s Murder Rate Spike," Slate, May 11, 2018. www
  • "Cops Can Ignore Black Lives Matter Protesters. They Can’t Ignore Their Insurers," Washington Post, May 4, 2016. www
  • "Does the Path to True Police Reform Run Through Liability Insurers?," Washington Post, April 11, 2016. www
  • "How Private Insurers Regulate Public Police," CLS Blue Sky Blog, March 3, 2016. www
  • "How the Insurance Industry Could Reform American Policing," Washington Post, March 1, 2016. www