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Rachel Moran

Assistant Professor of Law
Degree
LL.M., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
B.A., Houghton College
Office
MOH 121
Phone
(651) 962-4810
Mail
30 S. 10th St. Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2009

Rachel Moran is an assistant professor and founder of the Criminal and Juvenile Defense Clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Before joining the St. Thomas faculty in 2018, Moran spent three years as a clinical fellow in the Criminal Defense Clinic at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she supervised student attorneys representing both children and adults accused of crimes.

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. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Law Review, Villanova Law Review, and Buffalo Law Review, among others.

Moran attended law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she graduated with High Honors. While in law school Moran won four moot court or mock trial competitions and four 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 advocate. Moran also served as an editor on the Chicago-Kent Law Review and a student attorney in the Criminal Defense Litigation Clinic.

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.

While an appellate defender, Moran also served as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy and Advanced Evidence, and coaching mock trial teams. She coached two national best advocates and the team that won the 2015 National Trial Competition championship.

Read Moran's scholarship on SSRN.

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 797 - 01 Topics:Clnc Crim&Juv Defense M - W - - - - 1330 - 1455

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1455

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43432 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

6 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Rachel Moran

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 798 - 01 Topics:Adv Crim&Juv Defense - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43433 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Rachel Moran

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 950 - 16 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43263 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Rachel Moran

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 793 - T3 Tpcs:Clnc Adv Crim Juv Defense - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23221 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Rachel Moran

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 948 - 01 Clinic: Crim. & Juvenile Def. M - W - - - - 1330 - 1455

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1455

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23174 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Rachel Moran

Students in the Criminal and Juvenile Defense clinic defend both children and adults accused of crimes in juvenile and criminal court. Working in teams, students represent clients from the beginning to end of their cases. Students appear in court regularly for a variety of hearings which may include arraignments, pre-trial conferences, motions hearings, plea hearings bench trials, jury trials, sentencing hearings, and expungement hearings. Students develop skills in fact investigation, client counseling, interviewing, negotiation, legal research, motions writing, oral argument, direct and cross examination, jury selection, and all other aspects of pretrial and trial litigation. In class, students learn criminal law-related doctrine and skills, and explore systemic injustices inherent in the legal system and students’ own roles in effecting change.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 950 - 16 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23156 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Rachel Moran

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)