John Rappaport studies criminal procedure and the criminal justice system. His work examines the boundaries and interaction in criminal justice between public forces and private ones, including liability insurers, “retail justice” companies and the private defense bar. Rappaport’s current research focuses on policing and police misconduct, including the effects on police behavior of collective bargaining rights, unionization and regulation by insurance.
He clerked for Judges Stephen Reinhardt and Paul Watford of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also practiced in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Los Angeles Federal Public Defender’s office and as a litigator at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.