Thomas Frampton

  • Associate Professor of Law

Thomas Frampton studies criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure with a focus on how legal actors, institutions and doctrines have responded, or failed to respond, to the dramatic expansion of the carceral state. He is interested in the intersections of criminal law, racial inequality and social hierarchies. His research draws on his background in American studies and his experiences as a public defender in Louisiana to provide a better understanding of contemporary legal practices and policies within the historical context of racial and economic inequality in the United States.

Before coming to UVA Law, Frampton was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School, where he taught Legal Research & Writing. Prior to that, he worked for several years with the Orleans Public Defenders, where he served as a staff attorney in the Trial and Special Litigation divisions. He clerked for Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York and Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Frampton is a graduate of Berkeley Law and Yale University.

Education

  • J.D.
    University of California at Berkeley
    2012
  • M.A.
    Yale University
    2006
  • B.A.
    Yale University
    2006

“Why Do Rule 48(a) Dismissals Require ‘Leave of Court’?” 73 Stan. L. Rev. Online (forthcoming 2020).
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“For Cause: Rethinking Racial Exclusion and the American Jury,” 118 Mich. L. Rev. 785 (2020).
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“What Justice Thomas Gets Right about Batson,” 72 Stan. L. Rev. Online 1 (2019).
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“The Jim Crow Jury,” 71 Vand. L. Rev. 1593 (2018).
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“‘Some Savage Tribe’: Race, Legal Violence, and the Mormon War of 1838,” 40 J. Morman Hist. 175 (2014).
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“Positivism and Predisposition: The Forgotten Foundations of the Entrapment Doctrine,” 103 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 111 (2013).
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“A Union of Amateurs: A Legal Blueprint to Reshape Big-Time College Athletics” (with Nicholas Fram), 60 Buff. L. Rev. 1003 (2012).
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“Bivens’s Revisions: Constitutional Torts After Minneci v. Pollard,” 100 Cal. L. Rev. 1712 (2012).
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“The Uneven Bulwark: How (and Why) Criminal Jury Trial Rates Vary by State,” 100 Cal. L. Rev. 183 (2012).
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