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Seth W. Stoughton

Title: Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law
E-mail: swstough@law.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-3055
Office:

1525 Senate Street
Room 325
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources:

CV (pdf)

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Seth W. Stoughton

Background

Seth Stoughton is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he is affiliated with the Rule of Law Collaborative. His scholarship focuses on the regulation of police and has appeared in the Minnesota Law Review, the Tulane Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and other journals. He is a frequent lecturer on policing issues, regularly appears on national and international media, and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, TIME, and other news publications. He teaches Police Law & Policy, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and the Regulation of Vice.

Seth served as an officer with the Tallahassee Police Department for five years. In that time, he trained other officers, helped create policies to govern the use of new technologies, earned multiple instructor and operator certifications, and taught personal safety and self-defense courses in the community. In 2004, he received a Formal Achievement Award for his role as a founding member of the Special Response Team. After leaving the police department in 2005, Seth spent three years as an Investigator in the Florida Department of Education's Office of Inspector General, where he handled a variety of criminal and administrative investigations. In 2008, he received a statewide award for his work combating private school tuition voucher fraud.

Seth earned his B.A. in English from Florida State University. He attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor on the Virginia Law Review, an Elsie Hughes Cabell Scholar, and the recipient of the Thomas Marshall Miller Prize. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty at South Carolina, Seth was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he taught legal writing and a Regulation of Vice seminar.

Follow him on Twitter @PoliceLawProf.

Teaching

  • Criminal Law (LAWS 524)
  • Criminal Procedure (LAWS 544)
  • Regulation of Vice (LAWS 756)

Scholarship

  • “Moonlighting: The Private Employment of Off-Duty Officers”, ___ Ill. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017), draft available at [SSRN
  • “The Blurred Blue Line: Reform in an Era of Public and Private Policing”, ___ Am. J. Crim. L. ___ (forthcoming 2017), draft available at [SSRN
  • “A Tactical Fourth Amendment”, 103 Va. L. Rev. 211 (2017) (with Brandon Garrett), [SSRN
  • “Principled Policing: Warrior Cops & Guardian Officers”, 51 Wake Forest L. Rev. 611 (2016), [SSRN
  • “Policing Facts”, 88 Tul. L. Rev. 847 (2014), [SSRN