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.


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

Articles & Reviews

The Dangerous Few: Taking Seriously Prison Abolition and Its Skeptics, 135 Harvard Law Review 2013–2052 (2022).
Hanging Up the Robe, 33 Federal Sentencing Reporter 184–187 (2021).
For Cause: Rethinking Racial Exclusion and the American Jury, 118 Michigan Law Review 785–839 (2020).
In Defense of Reentry: A Response to Shreya Subramani’s Productive Separations (with Kelly Orians), 47 Fordham Urban Law Journal 993–1008 (2020).
Why Do Rule 48(a) Dismissals Require 'Leave of Court'?, 73 Stanford Law Review Online 28–37 (2020).
What Justice Thomas Gets Right about Batson, 72 Stanford Law Review Online 1–16 (2019).
The Jim Crow Jury, 71 Vanderbilt Law Journal 1593–1654 (2018).
Positivism and Predisposition: The Forgotten Foundations of the Entrapment Doctrine, 103 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 111–146 (2013).
A Union of Amateurs: A Legal Blueprint to Reshape Big-Time College Athletics (with Nicholas Fram), 60 Buffalo Law Review 1003–1078 (2012).
Bivens's Revisions: Constitutional Torts After Minneci v. Pollard, 100 California Law Review 1711–1744 (2012).


Mock Class: Criminal Law

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