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Geoffrey C. Rapp

Geoffrey C. Rapp

Associate Dean For Academic Affairs and

Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law & Values

Office: LC 2000E 
Campus Phone: 419.530.2856
Fax Number: 419.530.7911  

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Professor Rapp joined the College of Law in 2004 and serves as Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values. He was named 2013 Outstanding Faculty Member by the College of Law alumni association.

Professor Rapp teaches and writes in the areas of corporate law, torts, and the sports industry. 

His recent papers include publications in the North Carolina Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, BYU Law Review, and the Boston University Law Review. He was an early advocate of bounty rewards for securities fraud whistleblowers, an idea adopted in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In 2011, Professor Rapp testified before the U.S. Congress on the topic of Dodd-Frank whistleblower bounties.

Professor Rapp earned an A.B. Phi Beta Kappa in Economics from Harvard College (1998) and a J.D. from the Yale Law School (2001). While in law school, he served as a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Teaching Fellow and Head Teaching Fellow in the Departments of Economics and Computer Science. 

Before entering law teaching, he clerked for Judge Cornelia Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and worked in private practice.

Professor Rapp has been frequently interviewed and quoted by local, national, and international media, including National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, CBS Sports, The New York Times, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The LA Times, The New York Post, Business Week, Forbes, The Guardian (UK), The Toronto Star, Toronto’s National PostBBC Radio, The Washington PostThe Christian Science Monitor,, The Toledo Blade, and The Washington Times. He has also written op-eds and columns for USA TodayThe Washington Post, and 

Professor Rapp is licensed to practice law in New York, Illinois, and Ohio.


Courses Taught

Business Associations
Products Liability
Securities Regulation
Trusts & Estates
Sports Law


Recent Publications

Does the Public Care How the Supreme Court Reasons? Empirical Evidence from a National Experiment and Normative Concerns in the Case of Same-Sex Marriage, North Carolina Law Review (forthcoming 2014-2015) (with Courtney Cahill, FSU)

Mutiny by the Bounties? The Attempt to Reform Wall Street by the New Whistleblower Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, 2012 BYU Law Review 73

Regulating On-Line Peer-to-Peer Lending in the Aftermath of Dodd-Frank: In Search of an Evolving Regulatory Regime for an Evolving Industry, 69 Washington & Lee Law Review 485 (2012) (with Eric Chaffee)

Defense Against Outrage and the Perils of Parasitic Torts,45 Georgia Law Review 107 (2010)

The Wreckage of Recklessness, 86 Washington University Law Review 111 (2008)

Beyond Protection: Invigorating Incentives for Sarbanes-Oxley Corporate and Securities Fraud Whistleblowers, 87 Boston University Law Review 91 (February 2007)


Professor Rapp’s SSRN page


Last Updated: 10/20/15