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

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. 

Presentations
"Capital Punishment, Human Rights, and the Market for Death Penalty Drugs," The Death Penalty in North Carolina and the U.S., Duke University Kenan Institute for Ethics (2015) (with Jim Gibson)
"Death Penalty Drugs and the International Moral Marketplace," Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Roundtable (2014)
"God, Civic Virtue, and the American Way: Reconstructing Engel," Washington & Lee University (2014)
"Upside-Down Judicial Review," Universidad Federal de Rio De Janeiro (2013)
"God, Civic Virtue, and the American Way: Reconstructing Engel," Florida International University (2013)
"Death Penalty Drugs and the International Moral Marketplace," Law & Society Annual Conference (2013)
"Passive-Aggressive Executive Power," Constitutional Law Schmooze (2013)
"A Note to the Popular Constitutionalists," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (2012)
"Upside-Down Judicial Review, Judges and Judging Roundtable,"  American University Washington College of Law (2011)
"Upside-Down Judicial Review," University of Nebraska School of Law (2011)
"Upside-Down Judicial Review, American Constitutional Society," University of Richmond School of Law (2011)
"Cruel and Unusual," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (2011)
"The Countermajoritarian Classics (and an Upside Down Theory of Judicial Review)" University of Houston Law School  Criminal Procedure Speaker Series (2010)
"The Doctrinal Side of Majority Will," Michigan State University School of Law (2010)
"The Mirage of Miranda," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (2010)
"The Death Penalty: Contemporary Issues in Contemporary Society"
Washington & Lee School of Law (2007), William & Mary School of Law (2008), University of Richmond School of Law (2009)
"Writing For Tenure," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (2009)
"Death Is Different (But Not Really)," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (2008)
"Death Is Different (But Not Really)," Emory Law School (2008)
"Death Is Different (But Not Really)," William & Mary School of Law (2008)
"Deciding Death," Duke Law Journal Annual Fall Lecture (2007)
"Death is Different (But Not Really)," Seton Hall School of Law (2007)
"Deciding Death," University of Richmond Center for Civic Engagement (2007)
"Furman Fundamentals," Wake Forest School of Law (2006)
"Deciding Death," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (2006), William & Mary School of Law (2005)
"Deciding Death," William & Mary School of Law (2005)
Memberships
Founder, Virginia Junior Faculty Forum
Founder, Richmond Law Faculty Colloquy Series
Founder, Richmond Law Teaching & Scholarship Workshop Series
Bar Admissions
Virginia
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
Publications
Articles
Death Penalty Drugs and the International Moral Marketplace, 103 Geo. L.J. (forthcoming 2015) (with James Gibson).
The Politics of Botched Executions,  49 U of Rich. L. Rev. 825 (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 (2015).

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

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

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

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

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). 

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

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

In the News

Where do the death penalty abolitionists go from here? (Bloomberg Business)
Tue., Jun. 30, 2015

On Glossip (PrawfsBlawg)
Mon., Jun. 29, 2015

Gay marriage shows court at its best (Bloomberg View)
Fri., Jun. 26, 2015

'An antidemocratic and largely foreign conspiracy' (PrawfsBlawg)
Thu., Jun. 25, 2015

In anticipation of Glossip (PrawfsBlawg)
Wed., Jun. 24, 2015

Is criticism of lethal injection just a front for opposing the death penalty? (PrawfsBlawg)
Tue., Jun. 16, 2015

Is lethal injection about us or them? (PrawfsBlawg)
Wed., Jun. 10, 2015

Unconstitutional repeal? (PrawfsBlawg)
Fri., Jun. 5, 2015

Got drugs? (PrawfsBlawg)
Thu., Jun. 4, 2015

Why is Glossip so hard? (PrawfsBlawg)
Fri., May. 1, 2015

Pharmacy Groups Balk at Supplying Lethal Injection (NBC News)
Mon., Mar. 30, 2015

McAuliffe officials try to get Va. House to change vote on lethal injection (The Washington Post)
Wed., Feb. 25, 2015

Against Lethal Injection Secrecy in Virginia (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sat., Feb. 14, 2015

Va. Senate Backs Secrecy on Execution Drugs (Courthouse News Service)
Wed., Feb. 11, 2015

Virginia Senate approves bill aimed at continuing executions by lethal injection (The Republic)
Tue., Feb. 10, 2015

Capital Punishment Cover-Up (Slate)
Tue., Feb. 3, 2015

Va. Senate panel advances bill to ensure supply of lethal-injection drug (The Washington Post)
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015

Bill proposes secrecy on Virginia executions (Daily Press)
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015

Botched US execution sparks death penalty debate (Channel News Asia)
Sun., May. 18, 2014

Gibson and Lain: Capital punishment, illuminated (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., May. 7, 2014

Europe taught America how to end the death penalty. Now maybe it finally will (The Guardian)
Mon., May. 5, 2014

Painful Death Penalty Failure (95bFM)
Fri., May. 2, 2014

Could Europe Put a Stop to the Death Penalty in Texas? (KUT.org)
Thu., Apr. 24, 2014

Death penalty crisis reveals macabre options still open in US (The Conversation)
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014

Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney addresses political ties to Morrissey (NBC12, CapitalBay Online)
Fri., Aug. 30, 2013

12 Investigates: Growing number of guilty pleas (NBC12)
Thu., Feb. 21, 2013

"Upside-Down Judicial Review" is the download of the week (Legal Theory Blog)
Sat., Jan. 14, 2012


Education
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
Evidence