Rachel Moran

Rachel Moran, Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar Class of 2008

Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar

Class of 2008

Rachel Moran is currently a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Criminal Defense Clinic at University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Rachel graduated with High Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. During law school she won national championships and best advocate awards in both trial and appellate advocacy competitions, and received the American College of Trial Lawyers Fulton Haight Award as the national best advocate in the National Moot Court Competition. She was also active in the Criminal Defense Litigation Clinic, served as a teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Criminal Law, and was a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

After graduating Rachel began work at a private criminal defense firm, representing clients on trial for offenses ranging from misdemeanors to first degree murder. Rachel then became a public defender, and from 2010-2015 worked for the Office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender, representing indigent adults and juveniles appealing convictions for serious felonies. In that capacity she argued numerous cases in Illinois appellate courts and the Illinois Supreme Court. Rachel also served as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent, teaching Trial Advocacy and Advanced Evidence, and coaching multiple mock trial teams, including the team that won the 2015 National Trial Competition championship. She began her position as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Denver in July of 2015.


2008 Honors Scholars Seminar Paper

Motorists Are People Too: Recalculating The Vehicular Search Incident To Arrest Exception By Prohibiting Searches Incident To Arrests For Nonevidentiary Offenses