Brandon Hasbrouck Assistant Professor of Law


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Area of Expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Appellate Advocacy, 13th Amendment


JD, Washington and Lee University

BA, Dominican College


Professor Brandon Hasbrouck researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, movement law, and abolition. His scholarship has been published or forthcoming in print with leading scholarly journals, including the New York University Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern University Law ReviewThe Georgetown Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review (twice), the Washington University Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Professor Hasbrouck's scholarship on equal justice, antiracism, and criminal justice transformation has been the subject of much attention in the academic and popular media. Professor Hasbrouck has published opinion essays in The Washington Post, The Nation, Slate, The Richmond Times, and his work has been cited and/or quoted in federal court opinions, Supreme Court briefs, and leading scholarly and popular publications. Recently, Professor Hasbrouck coauthored an amicus brief in federal court on one of the most important issues at the intersection of constitutional law and civil rights concerning the extension of Bivens remedies. Professor Hasbrouck is frequently consulted on litigation strategies involving civil rights and racial justice. Professor Hasbrouck is the recipient of Ethan Allen Faculty Fellowship for scholarly excellence and John W. Elrod Law Alumni Fellowship for teaching excellence. He is the first professor in the law school's history to have received both awards in the same year. In addition, Professor Hasbrouck was awarded the Lewis Prize for Excellence in Legal Scholarship in 2020 and 2021.

Before joining the academy, Professor Hasbrouck worked at two prestigious law firms, McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, where he drafted briefs and motions in federal and state appellate and trial courts regarding a wide range of issues including constitutional law and criminal law. Professor Hasbrouck clerked for two legendary Black federal judges-Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

Professor Hasbrouck received his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review, was the recipient of the Frederic L. Kirgis, Jr. International Law Award for Excellence in International Law, graduated Order of Coif, was a member of the Black Law Students Association, and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa. He received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Dominican College.

Professor Hasbrouck received an honorary degree of Doctor of Law from Dominican College. He is admitted to the bar of New York State, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.