Professor Copacino is Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and the E. Barrett Prettyman graduate fellowship in criminal trial advocacy. Prior to joining the faculty, he was the Director of the Juvenile Law Clinic at the Antioch School of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and received an LL.M. as a Prettyman Fellow at the Law Center. He has served as lead counsel in hundreds of criminal cases and post conviction cases in the District of Columbia. He regularly participates in local and national training programs for criminal defense lawyers.
"After 13-year-old boy’s fatal shooting, legal experts say deadly force typically can’t be used to defend property," coverage on NBC News, January 12, 2023, featuring Professor John Copacino.
"Georgetown Law Professors Weigh In on D.C. Council Rewrite of Criminal Code," coverage in The Hoya, November 11, 2021, featuring Professor John Copacino, Visiting Professor Eduardo Ferrer, and Associate Professor Vida Johnson.
"Law Students Win Compassionate Release for Clients Through GULC Clinics," coverage in The Hoya, April 23, 2021, featuring Professor John Copacino, Associate Professor Vida Johnson, Professor Abbe Smith, and Dean William Treanor.
"Opinion: Misdemeanor court has been closed for a year. Keep it that way," an opinion piece by Professor John M. Copacino, Professor Abbe Smith, and Associate Professor Vida Johnson, in The Washington Post, March 4, 2021.