Loftus Becker

Professor of Law Emeritus, Oliver Ellsworth Research Professor

Loftus Becker began his career on the UConn Law faculty in 1977, after teaching at the University of Minnesota Law School from 1971 to 1977. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Professor Becker began his legal career clerking for then Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. In the 1980s he practiced for two years with Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse & Endreson in Washington, DC, where he primarily represented Indian tribes in water rights, oil and gas, and land claims matters.

Professor Becker currently teaches Criminal Law and Constitutional Law, including the introductory courses and a research and writing seminar. He also has taught Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Law and Psychiatry, Family Law, Federal Courts, Computers and the Law, Federal Income Taxation, and a seminar on the Supreme Court. His scholarly writings include “Plea Bargaining and the Supreme Court,” published in the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review; “Comments on The Telecommunications Act of 1966,” which appeared in the University of Connecticut Law Review; and, most recently, Materials on Constitutional Law. Throughout the 1990s, Professor Becker, a former computer programmer,  wrote regularly for MacWeek and MacUser.

Loftus Becker, Materials on Constitutional Law (electronic publication) (most recent addition 2016)
Loftus Becker, The Liability of Computer Bulletin Board Operators for Defamatory Statements Posted by Others, 22 U. Conn. L.Rev. 203 (1990).
Loftus Becker, Plea Bargaining and the Supreme Court, 21 Loyola of L.A. L. Rev 757 (1988).
Loftus BeckerDurham Revisited: Psychiatry and the Problem of Crime, Psychiatric Annals, August-September 1973.  Reprinted in R. Bonnie (ed.), Psychiatry in the Legal Process (1976).