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Laurent A. Sacharoff

Laurent A. Sacharoff

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law

(LAWD)-Dean of Law


Phone: 479-575-4578

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Prof. Sacharoff teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and cybercrime. He was named outstanding law school professor of the year for 2015, and in 2016, he was named the university-wide rising teacher of the year. He also periodically teaches criminal law during the summer at Brooklyn Law School.

Prof. Sacharoff is an expert in computer crime, digital surveillance, the Fourth Amendment, and the law of passwords and encryption. His works have appeared in the Texas Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, and the Washington University Law Review. Courts have cited his work for basic Fourth Amendment principles, as well as new court splits over compelling passwords. 

Prof. Sacharoff received his B.A. from Princeton University and graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After law school he clerked for the Honorable John S. Martin, Jr. in the Southern District of New York and then joined the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, where he was the pro-bono fellow handling prison litigation. Prof. Sacharoff also worked as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York, where he tried numerous cases to juries, argued suppression motions, and arranged plea deals. 


Criminal Trespass and Computer Crime, 62 Wm. & M. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2020) [ssrn]

The Fourth Amendment Inventory as a Check on Digital Searches, 105 Iowa L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2020) [ssrn]

What Am I Really Saying When I Open My Smartphone: A Response to Prof. Kerr, 97 Tex. L. Rev. Online 63 (2019) [link]

Unlocking the Fifth Amendment: Passwords and Encrypted Devices, 87 Fordham L. Rev. 203 (2018) [ssrn]

Who Should Own Police Body Camera Videos?, 95 Wash. U. L. Rev. 269 (2017) (co-author Sarah Lustbader). [ssrn]

Conspiracy as Contract, 50 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 405 (2016) [ssrn]

Trespass and Deception, 2015 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 359 (2015)

The Relational Nature of Privacy, Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1249 (2012) [ssrn]

Miranda's Hidden Right, 63 Ala. L. Rev. 535 (2012) [ssrn]

Former Presidents and Executive Privilege, 88 Tex. L. Rev. 301 (2009). [ssrn]

Listener Interests in Compelled Speech Cases, 44 Cal. W. L. Rev. 329 (2008) [ssrn].

(with Jacob Worlow), Open Carry in Arkansas—An Ambiguous Statute, 2014 Ark. L. Notes 1548 (2013)

2016 University-wide Rising Teacher of the Year

2015 Law School Professor of the Year

Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2011 Call-for-Papers Winner: Miranda's Hidden Right.