Kevin Lapp

Kevin Lapp, Associate Dean for Faculty, Professor of Law

Associate Dean for Faculty
Professor of Law

Courses Taught

  • Evidence
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Children and the Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration and the Border Practicum



  • BA, University of Puget Sound
  • MA, American History, University of Georgia
  • JD, magna cum laude, New York University School of Law


Kevin Lapp's scholarship focuses on criminal law and procedure, punishment, and immigration law. Lapp's current work examines American punishment through the lens of the January 6 Capitol Breach prosecutions, analyzing the narratives of responsibility and the sentencing outcomes in those cases for insights about modern criminal justice and the rule of law. Lapp's previous work has critically examined the special place of children and adolescents in the law, including the evolving scope of Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections and their application to juveniles, the expansion of the modern culture of dataveillance to youth, and the right of child litigants to counsel. Lapp also has examined the results of countries incorporating punitive criminal justice norms into immigration law, reimagined the norms that drive immigration policies and practices, and critiqued the ways that nations define and regulate membership. Before joining the Loyola faculty, Professor Lapp taught at the New York University School of Law. He spent four years at the Legal Aid Society of New York City in the Juvenile Rights Practice, representing young people in juvenile delinquency and child welfare proceedings. He clerked for the Honorable A. Howard Matz in the Central District of California. Professor Lapp has been a visiting professor at UCLA School of Law.  Professor Lapp was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018 by the graduating class.

Selected Scholarship