Jonathan A. Rapping

Visiting Associate Professor of Law

Winter 2015


Jonathan Rapping teaches criminal law and criminal procedure at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, where he is the funding Director of its innovative Honors Program in Criminal Justice, and is the Executive Director of the Southern Public Defender Training Center. Prior to joining the AJMLS faculty Professor Rapping was the Chief of Training for the Orleans Public Defenders and has been instrumental in the rebuilding of that office in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Before joining the Orleans Public Defenders, he was the first Training Director for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. In that capacity he developed the GPDSC Honors Program, designed to recruit young public defenders to offices throughout the state and to provide them with the training and support needed to help transform indigent defense representation in those jurisdictions. Prior to that, he was the Training Director for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Professor Rapping has designed training programs and supervised new lawyers for the past seven years. He had been a public defender for twelve years prior to joining the faculty at JMLS and continues to represent indigent clients in the South. He has tried a wide variety of cases, both adult and juvenile and has represented clients charged with offenses ranging from misdemeanors to capital murder. Professor Rapping was an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Georgetown University and has served as a visiting professor with Harvard's Trail Advocacy Workshop. He has designed and participated in training programs for public defenders across the country. Professor Rapping received a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, a M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. Professor Rapping was awarded a Soros Fellowship to design and implement the Southern Public Defender Training Center, a training center for public defender offices throughout the South. In recognition of his work in New Orleans, he was a co-recipient of the prestigious Lincoln Leadership Award, given by Kentucky's Department of Public Advocacy to honor leadership in national efforts to improve indigent defense. In 2009 Professor Rapping was selected as one of Harvard Law School's Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows in recognition of his contribution to the public interest legal arena. Rapping currently serves on the Board of the Federal Defender Program, Inc. in Atlanta, GA.

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