Social Justice Teaching Fellow
Columbia University, MA 2011
Harvard Law School, JD 2015
Rebecca Chapman joined Northeastern Law in 2021 as LSSC’s Social Justice Teaching Fellow. She is a criminal defense and civil rights advocate, with extensive experience defending against police and state abuses of power. Prior to starting her teaching career, Chapman worked as a staff attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice of the Bronx Defenders. As a public defender in the Bronx, she represented hundreds of clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges. She continued her criminal and civil rights advocacy practice with two Boston boutique law firms, Fick & Marx and J.W. Carney and Associates, and most recently at the Civil Liberties Defense Center.
Chapman received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2015. While at Harvard, she was active in student organizations and clinics. She represented clients charged with crimes as a student attorney with the Criminal Justice Institute and was a member of the Harvard Defenders. Chapman was an editor of Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left and a co-founder of the Harvard Law School Feminist Collective. Chapman also has a MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
- “Affirmative Action for the First Amendment: America’s Most Fundamental Right is Being Eroded,” Los Angeles Review of Books Blog (September 22, 2020).
- “Sorry, Hollywood. Inclusion Riders Won’t Save You,” The New York Times(April 3, 2018).