Ricardo J. Bascuas

Professor of Law

J.D. 1996, Yale Law School

Phone: 305-284-2672
Office: G273

Professor Ricardo J. Bascuas teaches in the areas of evidence, criminal procedure, and international criminal law. He created and directs the School of Law's Federal Appellate Clinic, which, in partnership with the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Southern District of Florida, represents indigent defendants before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Professor Bascuas is the co-author of the casebookInvestigative Criminal Procedure: A Contemporary Approach. In 2014, the Faculty Senate awarded him the University’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

Professor Bascuas received his B.S. from the University of Miami in 1993 and his J.D. from the Yale Law School in 1996. For the three years prior to his joining the School of Law faculty, Professor Bascuas was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Miami, representing indigent defendants at both the trial and appellate levels.

Professor Bascuas began his law career practicing civil and criminal law in Miami as an associate at Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP. After leaving the firm, he clerked for United States District Judge Adalberto Jordan.


The Fourth Amendment in the Information Age, 3 Virginia Journal of Criminal Law (2013).

Investigative Criminal Procedure, Interactive Casebook Series, Thomson West (2010) (with Sam Kamin)

"The American Inquisition: Sentencing After the Federal Guidelines," 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1 (2010)

"Of Defense Lawyer and Pornographers: Pretrial Asset Seizures and the Fourth Amendment," 62 U. Miami L. Rev. 1159 (2008)

"Property and Probable Cause: The Fourth Amendment's Principled Protection of Privacy," 60 Rutgers L. Rev. 575 (2008)

"Fourth Amendment Lessons from the Highway and the Subway: A Principled Approach to Suspicionless Searches," 38 Rutgers L.J. 719 (2007)

"The Unconstitutionality of 'Hold Until Cleared': Reexamining Material Witness Detentions in the Wake of the September 11th Dragnet," 58 Vand. L. Rev. 677 (2005)

"Cheaters, Not Criminals: Antitrust Invalidation of Statutes Outlawing Sports Agent Recruitment of Student Athletes," 105 Yale L. J. 1603 (1996) (Note)

 News / Media

Professor Ricardo Bascuas "11th Circuit Answers Novel Question In Case Handled By UM Law Clinic"in Daily Business Review.

Professor Ricardo Bascuas comments on the Fourth Amendment in the Information Age on CrimProf Blog.

Phone: 305-284-2672
Office: G273
Faculty Assistant

Arguello, Alberto

Phone: (305)284-3996
Office: F300A