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CONTACT
rharmon@virginia.edu
(434) 924-7205
Room WB379

ASSISTANT
Lisa R. Lambert

SUBJECTS
Civil rights, criminal law, criminal investigation, criminal procedure, police, and prosecution

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Rachel A. Harmon

Sullivan & Cromwell Professor of Law
J.D., Yale Law School, 1996
M.Sc., London School of Economics, 1993
M.Sc., London School of Economics, 1992
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990

Rachel Harmon teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and civil rights. Her scholarship focuses on the legal regulation of the police.

From 1998 to 2006, Harmon served as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice.After a brief stint at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia, Harmon worked in the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, prosecuting hate crimes and official misconduct cases, many of which involved excessive force or sexual abuse by police officers.She left the Justice Department to join the law faculty as an associate professor of law in the fall of 2006.

Harmon received her law degree at Yale Law School, where she was articles editor for the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. Before law school, as a British Marshall Scholar, she earned an M.Sc. in political theory and an M.Sc. in political sociology, both with distinction, from the London School of Economics. After law school, she clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Scholarship Profile: Promoting Policing at its Best (Virginia Journal 2012)



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Articles

"Legal Control of the Police," in 6 Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice 2898 (Gerben Bruinsma & David Weisburd eds., 2014).

"Why Do We (Still) Lack Data on Policing?," 96 Marq. L. Rev. 1119 (2013).

“Limited Leverage: Federal Remedies and Policing Reform,” 32 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 33 (2012).
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"The Problem of Policing," 110 Mich. L. Rev. 761 (2012) (awarded honorable mention in the Association of American Law Schools Scholarly Papers Competition, 2012).
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"Promoting Civil Rights Through Proactive Policing Reform," 62 Stan. L. Rev. 1 (2009).
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"When is Police Violence Justified?," 102
Nw. U. L. Rev. 1119 (2008).
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