John Acevedo Visiting Professor of Law

Phone: 540-458-8366


Office: 437 Lewis Hall

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal History


BA, California State University at San Bernardino

JD, University of Southern California

PhD, University of Chicago


John Acevedo teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure – Adjudication in spring 2023 at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Law.

Professor Acevedo earned his Ph.D. in history from The University of Chicago, where he wrote his dissertation on the criminal law and procedure of the Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts Bay colony. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law where he was a fellow in the Center for Law, History, and Culture. He received his undergraduate degree in history with honors from California State University at San Bernardino.

Professor Acevedo was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of La Verne College of Law and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Barry University School of Law. In addition he has taught law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law. He has also taught undergraduate courses on American history and historical theory at the University of Chicago.

Professor Acevedo's research interests focus on remedies to police misconduct, the concept of dignity takings, and the history of criminal law and procedure in the British Empire. His work examines the interplay between law and society from both a contemporary and historical focus. A selection of his publications include:

Dignity Takings in the Criminal Law of Seventeenth-Century England and the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 92 Chicago-Kent Law Review 743 (2017).

The Ideological Origins of the Right to Counsel, 68 South Carolina Law Review 87 (2016).

Restoring Community Dignity Following Police Misconduct, 59 Howard Law Journal 621 (2016).