Seth Stoughton

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law



Seth Stoughton's research focuses on the regulation of police, with particular attention to how criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, and the rules of evidence both define the police function and shape officer behavior.

Seth earned his B.A. in English from Florida State University. Prior to law school, Seth served as a police officer for five years and as a state investigator for nearly three years. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor on the Virginia Law Review, was selected by the faculty to receive the Thomas Marshall Miller Award, and was an Elsie Hughes Cabell Scholar. After law school, Seth clerked for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


  • The Incidental Regulation of Policing (work in progress)
  • Policing Facts, 88 Tulane Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2014)
  • Note, Modern Police Practices: Arizona v. Gant's Illusory Restriction of Vehicle Searches Incident to Arrest, 97 Virginia Law Review 1727 (2011)

Selected Presentations

  • The Incidental Regulation of Policing, Faculty Workshop, Harvard Law School, October 2013 (scheduled)
  • Policing the Constitution, Law & Society Association Conference, May 2013
  • Regulating Police, Climenko Workshop, Harvard Law School, March 2013
  • A Meta-Analysis of Fiscal Loss and Fraud Prevention in Disaster Recovery Consumer and Victim Populations, The International Emergency Management Society Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2008

Areas of Interest

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