John Rappaport researches in the field of criminal procedure, covering topics including plea bargaining and policing. Additional areas of scholarly interest include criminal law, constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, and evidence. His current project examines whether municipal liability insurance may improve or worsen police behavior. His research has recently appeared in the California Law Review and the University of Chicago Law Review.
Rappaport graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2006, after serving as co-chair of the Articles Committee of the Harvard Law Review. 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 studied mathematics as an undergraduate, earning his degree with distinction from Stanford University in 2002.
In addition to his clerkships, Rappaport practiced law as a litigator in private practice and in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Los Angeles Federal Public Defender’s Office. Prior to his appointment to the faculty, he taught at the Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law.