Corinna Barrett Lain
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Criminal Procedure Evidence

Professor Corinna Lain is Associate Dean of Faculty Development and writes in the areas of constitutional theory, Supreme Court decisionmaking, criminal procedure, and the death penalty.  Her scholarship has appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Duke Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and Washington Law Review, among other venues.  Professor Lain is an elected member of the prestigious American Law Institute, and received the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2006. 

Founder, Virginia Junior Faculty Forum
Founder, Richmond Law Faculty Colloquy Series
Founder, Richmond Law Teaching & Scholarship Workshop Series
Bar Admissions
Professional Experience
Associate Dean for Faculty Development (2011-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Professor of Law (2008-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Associate Professor of Law (2005-08)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Professor of Law (2002-05)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Acting Associate Dean (2008)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney (1997-2000)
Henrico Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Richmond, Va.
Judicial Clerkship in chambers of Judge John C. Porfilio (1996-97)
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Denver, CO
Politics of Botched Executions,  49 U of Rich. L. Rev. 825 (2015)
James Gibson and Corinna Lain, Death Penalty Drugs and the International Moral Marketplace, 103 Geo. L.J. (forthcoming 2015).

God, Civic Virtue, and the American Way: Reconstructing Engel, 67 Stan. L. Rev. 479 (2015)

The Highs and Lows of Wild Justice, 50 Tulsa L. Rev. 503 (2014).

Upside-Down Judicial Review, 101 Geo. L. J. 113 (2012). [Journal]

The Unexceptionalism of "Evolving Standards," 57 UCLA L. Rev. 365 (2009). [Journal]

Deciding Death, 57 Duke L.J. 1 (2007). [Journal]

Furman Fundamentals, 82 Wash. L. Rev. 1 (2007).

Countermajoritarian Hero or Zero? Rethinking the Warren Court's Role in the Criminal Procedure Revolution, 152 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1361 (2004). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Accuracy Where It Matters: Brady v. Maryland in the Plea Bargaining Context, 80 Wash. U. L. Q. 1 (2002). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Invited Submissions

Passive-Aggressive Executive Power, 73 Md. L. Rev. 227 (2013). [Journal]

The Virtues of Thinking Small, 67 U. Miami L. Rev. 397 (2013) (symposium contribution). [Journal]

Lessons Learned From the Evolution of "Evolving Standards," 4 Charleston L. Rev. 661 (2010) (symposium contribution). [Journal]

The Doctrinal Side of Majority Will, 2010 Mich. St. L. Rev. 775 (2010) (symposium contribution). [Journal]

B.A., College of William & Mary 1992
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 1996
Contact Information
(804) 289-8738
(804) 289-8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Supreme Court Decisionmaking
Constitutional Theory (Judicial Review)
Criminal Procedure
Death Penalty