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Rachel Moran

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • LL.M., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
    B.A., Houghton College

  • Expertise
  • Criminal Law and Procedure, Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Police Accountability

Rachel Moran is an associate professor and founder of the Criminal and Juvenile Defense Clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. The 2020 graduating class selected her as the law school's Professor of the Year.

Moran focuses her scholarship on issues pertaining to police accountability, policing reform, and public access to records of police misconduct. In 2019 she was named a Bellow Scholar a biennial national recognition for clinical professors engaged in empirical research that has significant potential to improve the quality of justice. In 2021 she received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Her articles have appeared in the Boston College Law Review, UC Irvine Law Review, Washington Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Villanova Law Review and Buffalo Law Review among others. She has also provided commentary for the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, PBS NewsHour, and many other national, international, and local media outlets.

Moran attended law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she graduated with High Honors and served on the law review. While in law school Moran won numerous advocacy competitions and best advocate awards, including the national championship of the National Moot Court Competition, and was honored with the American College of Trial Lawyers Fulton Haight Award given to the national best appellate advocate. After law school Moran worked at a private criminal defense firm, representing clients on trial for offenses ranging from misdemeanors to first-degree murder. She then became an assistant appellate defender with the Office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender. In that capacity she argued numerous criminal appeals in Illinois appellate courts and the Illinois Supreme Court. Moran helped spearhead the office's constitutional challenges to the mandatory transfer of children to criminal court, as well as the severe sentencing schemes that resulted in hundreds of children in Illinois serving life or de facto life sentences.

Before coming to University of St. Thomas, Moran taught as a Clinical Fellow at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Moran previously served as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and coached many mock trial teams, including two national best advocates and the 2015 National Trial Competition champions.

Brady Lists, 107 Minn. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2022), https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4054540

Doing Away With Disorderly Conduct, 63 B.C. L. Rev. 65 (2022), https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3807607

Law Enforcement Perspectives on Public Access to Misconduct Records 42 Cardozo Law Review 1237 (2021), https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3552012

Police Privacy 10 UC Irvine L. Rev. 153 (2019)

Contesting Police Credibility 93 Wash. L. Rev. 1339 (2018)

In Police We Trust 62 Vill. L. Rev. 953 (2017)

Ending the Internal Affairs Farce 64 Buff. L. Rev. 837 (2016)