John Rappaport

John Rappaport

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
Professor of Law, 2020-present
Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, 2019-present
Assistant Professor of Law, 2015-2020
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

  • "Collective Bargaining Rights and Police Misconduct: Evidence from Florida," 38 Journal of Law, Economics and Organization __ (2022) (forthcoming) (with Dhammika Dharmapala & Richard H. McAdams). ssrn
  • "Some Doubts About "Democratizing" Criminal Justice," 87 University of Chicago Law Review 711 (2020). ssrn www
  • "The Wandering Officer," 129 Yale Law Journal 1676 (2020) (with Ben Grunwald). ssrn www
  • "Is Police Behavior Getting Worse? Data Selection and the Measurement of Policing Harms," 49 Journal of Legal Studies 153 (2020) (with Aurelie Ouss). ssrn www
  • "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

Other Publications

  • "What is the Connection Between Collective Bargaining and Police Officer Misconduct? Evidence from Florida," ProMarket, June 22, 2020 (with Dhammika Dharmapala & Richard H. McAdams ). www
  • "Collective Bargaining and Police Misconduct: Evidence from Florida," CATO Institute Research Briefs in Economic Policy, July 10, 2019 (with Dhammika Dharmapala & Richard H. McAdams ). www
  • "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