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Rachel Moran

Associate 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 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. Her articles have appeared in the UC Irvine Law Review, Washington Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Villanova Law Review, and Buffalo Law Review, among others. Her work has also been cited in CNN, The Economist, Vox, Bloomberg News, and many other 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.


Selected Publications

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

Law Enforcement Perspectives on Public Access to Misconduct Records, 42 Cardozo L. Rev. (forthcoming 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)

 

Spring 2021 Courses

Spring 2021 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 796 - 01 Topics Controversies Policing - - - R - - - 1505 - 1635 MSL 238

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1505 - 1635

Location:

MSL 238

Course Registration Number:

26432 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 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 - - - - 1500 - 1625 MSL 242

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1500 - 1625

Location:

MSL 242

Course Registration Number:

26453 (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 949 - 01 Clinic:Adv. Crim&Juvenile Def. - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

26568 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Rachel Moran

Students in the Advanced Criminal and Juvenile Defense clinic defend both children and adults accused of crimes in juvenile and criminal court. Participation in one semester of the Criminal and Juvenile Defense clinic is a prerequisite for applying. Advanced students may continue representing existing clients or receive new cases presenting legal issues they did not encounter during their initial clinic semester. The seminar portion of the class will focus on refining skills learned during the initial clinic semester, such as drafting memoranda and motions, investigating, crafting persuasive narratives, examining witnesses, and litigating hearings and trials. Prerequisites: LAWS 948

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 950 - 17 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

26588 (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)

Summer 2021 Courses

Summer 2021 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2021 Courses

Fall 2021 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 948 - 01 Clinic: Crim. & Juvenile Def. - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

45461 (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)