Faculty: Rachel Van Cleave
- Comparative Criminal Justice
- Criminal Law
- Gender and the Law
- Property, Wills & Trusts
RESEARCH INTERESTS & AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
- Comparative Criminal Justice
- Property/Wills & Trusts
- State Constitutional Law
- JSM, Stanford University School of Law
- JD, Hastings College of the Law, University of California
- BA, Stanford University
PROFESSIONAL & TEACHING EXPERIENCE
- Interviewed on the Chicago Public Media station WBEZ on Italian rape law.
- Clerked for the Hon. Sam D. Johnson, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Austin.
- J. Hadley Edgar Professor, Texas Tech University School of the Law.
- Taught legal research and writing at Santa Clara University School of Law and Stanford University School of Law.
- Studied Italian criminal justice system as a Fulbright Scholar.
- Visit Professor Van Cleave's SSRN page.
- Practice Perfect, Spring/Summer GGU Lawyer 22 (2013).
- Future of the Legal Profession, The Daily Journal (May 7, 2012).
- Luogo e Spazio, Place and Space: Gender Law and Democracy in Italy, 42:2 Univ. of Baltimore L. Rev. (forthcoming 2012).
- Promoting Experiential Learning at Golden Gate University School of Law, ch. 6 in Reforming Legal Education (Information Age Publishing, 2012).
- Engaging the Legal Academy in Disaster Response, 10 Seattle J. for Social Justice 211 (2011). Written by Rachel van Cleave, et al.
- A Primer for Teaching Law as an Adjunct Professor, The Recorder, May 18, 2011. This article was also published under a slightly different title on May 10, 2011 and in The Legal Intelligence on May 27, 2011.
- So You Want To Teach Law, The Recorder, May 10, 2011.
- Justice Carter's Dissent in People v. Gonzalez: Protecting Against the "Tyranny of Totalitarianism", ch. in The Great Dissents of the "Lone Dissenter": Justice Jesse W. Carter's Twenty Tumultuous Years on the California Supreme Court (Carolina Academic Press, 2010).
- Karen Lee Hawkins: Untaxed Creativity, ch. in Profiles In Prominence (Golden Gate Univ. 2009).
- Renaissance Redux? Chastity and Punishment in Italian Rape Law, 6 Ohio State J. of Crim. Law 335 (2008).
- Mapping Proportionality Review: Still a "Road to Nowhere," 43 Tulsa L. Rev. (Symposium: Supreme Court Review) 709 (2008).
- Rape and the Querela in Italy: False Protection of Victim Agency, 13 Michigan J. of Gender & Law 273 (2007).
- Italy, ch. 9 in Criminal Procedure: A Worldwide Study. Bradley, Craig M., ed. (2007).
- Property Lessons in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson and the Wake of Hurricane Katrina, 43 Cal. W. L. Rev. 97 (2006).
- Sex, Lies, and Honor in Italian Rape Law, 38 Suffolk U. L.R. 427 (2005).
- Does the Phrase "Convicted in Any Court" in a Firearms Law Include Foreign Convictions? 2004-2005 US Sup. Ct. Cas. 85 (2004-2005).
- "Death is Different" - Is Money Different? Criminal Punishments, Forfeitures, and Punitive Damages: Shifting Constitutional Paradigms for Assessing Proportionality, 12 USC Interdisciplinary L.J. 217 (2003).
- When is a Court "Punishing" Out-of-State Conduct Rather than Merely "Considering" Such Conduct? 2002-2003 US Sup. Ct. Cas. 124 (2002-2003).
- When Does a Retroactive Decrease in the Frequency of Parole Reconsideration Hearings Violate the Ex Post Facto Clause? 1999-2000 US Sup. Ct. Cas. 191.
- Does the Ex Post Facto Clause Bar Texas From Retroactively Limited the Need for Proof That a Sex Offense Victim Made an "Outcry"? 1999-2000 US Sup. Ct. Cas. 136.
- The Role of United States Federal Courts in Extradition Matters: The Rule of Non-Inquiry, Preventive Detention and Comparative Legal Analysis, 13 Temp. Int'l & Comp. L.J. 27 (1999).
- Advancing Tolerance and Equality Using State Constitutions: Are the Boy Scouts Prepared? 29 Stetson L. Rev. 237 (1999).
- Must Jury Instructions Clearly Explain the Consequences of a Jury's Failure to Reach a Unanimous Verdict as to Either Life Imprisonment or Death? 1998-1999 US Sup. Ct. Cas. 272.
- State Constitutional Interpretation and Methodology, 28 N.M. L. Rev. 199 (1998).
- Criminal Law, 29 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 527 (1998).
- An Offer You Can't Refuse? Punishment Without Trial in Italy and the United States: The Search for Truth and an Efficient Criminal Justice System, 11 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 419 (1997).
- A Matter of Evidence or of Law? Battered Women Claiming Self-Defense in California, 5 UCLA Women's L.J. 217 (1994).
- When is an Error Not an "Error"? Habeas Corpus and Cumulative Error Analysis, 46 Baylor L. Rev. 59 (1994).
- A Constitution in Conflict: The Doctrine of Independent State Grounds and the Voter Initiative in California, 21 Hastings Const. L. Q. 95 (1993).
At a vigil held September 17, 2012, at UC Hastings, GGU Law Interim Dean Rachel Van Cleave shared special memories of Ambassador Chris Stevens, a personal friend and former classmate, who was killed last week when the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was bombed. Read the Eulogy