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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, where he also served as a visiting professor during the fall 2016 semester.

Prof. Sacharoff’s research interests include criminal law and procedure (especially the Fourth Amendment), as well as computer law and encryption. His works have appeared in the Texas Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, and the Washington University Law Review, and have been cited by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and in treatises including LAFAVE, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE and THE NEW WIGMORE: A TREATISE ON EVIDENCE

Professor Laurent 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. In this job, he represented scores of prisoners and won several significant money damages awards for prison beatings, failure to protect, and other constitutional violations. He also served as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell handling complex commercial litigation.

Professor 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. 

He is the Reporter for the Arkansas Criminal Practice Committee.


The Fourth Amendment Inventory, 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.