Stephen Rushin

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Rushin's research focuses on issues in criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, information privacy, and constitutional law. He is currently writing a book, The Answer to Police Misconduct (in contract with the Cambridge University Press), that uses a range of empirical methods to examine the Justice Department’s implementation of structural reform litigation in American police departments. Professor Rushin’s work has also recently appeared in the Minnesota Law Review and the Fordham Law Review, among other journals. 

Professor Rushin has the received numerous teaching awards. At Illinois, he has been recognized as a “Teacher Ranked as Excellent” by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. At Berkeley, Professor Rushin received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.

Various national media outlets have discussed or cited his work, including NPRTIME, the National Law Journal, the New Scientist, and the Oakland Tribune. Most recently, he appeared on the nationally televised HBO news series VICE to discuss his work on police surveillance. Prominent civil rights and criminal justice organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Brotherhood of Police Officers, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, have cited his work in court filings and public reports. 

Professor Rushin holds a J.D. from Berkeley, where he was a member of the California Law Review and received multiple awards for academic performance. He holds a B.A. in government from the University of Texas, where he graduated with high honors. Rushin is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) Program at Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Rushin was a Selznick Fellow and recipient of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Scholarship.

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