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Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Presidential Assistant Professor of Law

Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Shaun Ossei-Owusu is an interdisciplinary legal scholar with expertise in legal history, criminal law and procedure, civil rights, and the legal profession. His work sits at the intersection of law, history, and sociology, and focuses on how governments meet their legal obligations to provide protections and benefits to poor people and racial minorities. Continue reading…

Articles and Book Chapters

Police Quotas, 96 NYU L. Rev. __ (2021).

Velvet Rope Discrimination, 107 VA. L. REV. __ (2021).

The Welfarist Right to Counsel, 68 UCLA L. REV. __ (2021).

Racial Revisionism, 119 MICH. L. REV. __ (2021).

Civil vs. Criminal Legal Aid, 95 S. CAL. L. REV. __(2021).

The Sixth Amendment Façade: The Racial Evolution of the Right to Counsel, 167 U. PA. L. REV. 1161 (2019).

Code Red: The Essential Yet Neglected Role of Emergency Care in Health Law Reform, 43 AM. J. L. & MED. 344 (2017).

The State Giveth and Taketh Away: Race, Class and Urban Hospital Closings, 92 CHI.-KENT L. REV. 1037 (2017).

Racial Horizons and Empirical Landscapes in the Post-ACA World, 2016 WIS. L. REV. 493 (2016).

More publications can be found here.

Working Papers

The New Penal Bureaucrats (forthcoming)
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The Racial Reckoning of Public Interest Law (forthcoming with Atinuke Adediran)

Leisure Justice (forthcoming)

Research Areas

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Legal History
  • Law and Society
  • Civil Rights
  • Race, Class, Gender and the Law
  • Legal Profession
  • Social Welfare Law


  • Criminal Law
  • The Legal Profession
  • Law and Inequality

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