Rory Little

Visiting Professor of Law

(fall term)


Rory Little is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is also a Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. He is a nationally recognized authority on criminal litigation ethics, federal criminal law, appellate litigation, and constitutional issues.

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Rory Little

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Faculty Assistant


Barbara Consiglio

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D. Yale Law School, 1982

B.A., University of Virginia, 1978

 

Courses Taught


  • Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics

Rory Little is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is also a Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. Little came to UC Hastings in 1994 after a 12-year career as a practicing litigator, criminal defense and prosecution lawyer, and appellate lawyer. He is a nationally recognized authority on criminal litigation ethics, federal criminal law, appellate litigation, and constitutional issues.

Little served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer; Justice Potter Stewart (ret.), working on matters before the First, Third and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal; and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor Little also clerked for Justices Powell, Stevens, and Chief Justice Burger.

After his clerkships, Little practiced privately at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s Organized Crime & Racketeering Strike Force as a Trial Attorney. In 1989, he became the Appellate Chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California, and has since argued more than 60 federal and state appeals. From 1996 to 1997, Little took a leave of absence from UC Hastings to serve as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in Washington, D.C. under Attorney General Janet Reno and Deputy AG Jamie Gorelick. He now maintains an Of Counsel position for appellate matters with the firm of McDermott, Will & Emery.