Professor Henry L. Chambers, Jr., teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, law and religion, employment discrimination, evidence, and sexual harassment. His scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Law and Religion, Maryland Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Georgia Law Review, and Alabama Law Review, among other venues. Professor Chambers has been a member of the American Law Institute since 2002 and is active in the Virginia State Bar, including serving as chair of its Section on the Education of Lawyers from 2007-2009. Professor Chambers has served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2011. He also frequently lectures on constitutional law through the We The People program, which provides civic education instruction to school teachers and the public.
Paper, "Why Lincoln Waited To Issue the Emancipation Proclamation," Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, January 2013
Paper, "Dred Scott: Tiered Citizenship and Tiered Personhood," Dred Scott Symposium, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, March 2006
Moderator, "Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act," Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference, Section on Minority Groups, Washington, D.C., January 2006
Presenter, "Employment Discrimination," Institute for Federal Judicial Law Clerks (Fourth Circuit), Richmond, Va., September 2005
Panelist, Voting Rights Act, Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, April 2004
Paper, "Rank Ordering and Merit at the Margin," Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, January 2004
Paper, "Retooling the Intent Requirement under the 14th Amendment," Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review Symposium Vision and Revision: Exploring the History, Evolution and Future of the Fourteenth Amendment, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2003
Moderator/Panelist, "Marbury v. Madison-The Past, Present and Future of Judicial Review," Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, Columbia, Missouri, October 2003
Presenter, "Employment Discrimination Litigation in Federal Courts," Institute for Federal Judicial Law Clerks (Fourth Circuit), Richmond, Virginia, September 2003
Paper, "Gender Conformity and the Hostile Work Environment," Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 2003
Paper, "Taking Summary Adjudication and Disparate Treatment Seriously," Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 2003
Paper, "The Natural and Probable Consequences of Colorblind Districting," University of Kansas Law School, Lawrence, Kansas, February 2002
Panelist, Election Process and Constitutional Law, Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Washington, D.C., January 2002
Paper, "Disparate Treatment after Hicks and Reeves," St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, January 2002
Paper, "The Natural and Probable Consequences of Colorblind Districting," St. Louis University Law School, St. Louis, Missouri January 2002
"The Reconstruction Amendments" and "The Bill of Rights," We The People..., The Citizen and the Constitution, New England Summer Institute, Newport, Rhode Island, July 2006
"Judicial Review," We The People..., The Citizen and the Constitution, California State Institute, San Diego, California, July 2006
"How Have the Protections of the Bill of Rights Been Developed and Expanded," We The People. . . .The Citizen and the Constitution, Western Region Summer Institute, Los Angeles, California, July 2004
"How Have the Protections of the Bill of Rights Been Developed and Expanded," We The People. . . .The Citizen and the Constitution, Central Region Summer Institute, Columbia, Missouri, July 2003
"How Have the Protections of the Bill of Rights Been Developed and Expanded," We The People. . . The Citizen and the Constitution, Southeastern Region Summer Institute, Greenville, South Carolina, June 2003
Center for Civic Education, We the People. . . The Citizen and the Constitution Mentors' Conference, Pasadena, California, February 2003 Invited Scholar, Center for Civic Education, We the People. . . The Citizen and the Constitution Scholars Conference, Pasadena, California, January 2003
"Bill of Rights," We The People. . . .The Citizen and the Constitution, Central Region Summer Institute, Columbia, Missouri, July 2002
The McDonnell Trial: A Clarification of Corruption Law or A Confused Application of Corruption Law, 48 U. Rich. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015).
The Problems Inherent in Litigating Employer Free Exercise Rights, ___ Colo. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015).
Reading Amendments and Expansions of Title VII Narrowly, 95 Boston U.L. Rev. 781 (2015).
The Supreme Court Chipping Away at Title VII: Strengthening It or Killing It, 74 La. L. Rev. __ (2014).
The Cost of Non-Compensable Workplace Harm, 8 FIU L. Rev. 317 (2013).
Lincoln, The Emancipation Proclamation and Executive Power, 73 Md. L. Rev. 100 (2013).
Slavery, Free Blacks and Citizenship, 43 Rutgers L. J. 487 (2013).
Much Ado About Nothing Much: Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia v. Truro Church, 45 U. Rich. L. Rev. 141 (2010) (with Isaac McBeth).
The Wild West of Supreme Court Employment Discrimination Jurisprudence, 61 S.C. L. Rev. 577 (2010).
Biblical Interpretation, Constitutional Interpretation and Ignoring Text, 69 Md. L. Rev. 92 (2009).
Fear, Irrationality, and Risk Perception, 69 Mo. L. Rev. 1047 (2004).
Retooling the Intent Requirement under the Fourteenth Amendment, 13 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 611 (2004).
The Effect of Eliminating Distinctions Among Title VII Disparate Treatment Cases, 57 SMU L. Rev. 83 (2004).
(Un)Welcome Conduct and the Hostile Work Environment, 53 Ala. L. Rev. 733 (2002).
Discrimination, Plain and Simple, 36 Tulsa L.J. 557 (2001).
Employer Prerogative and Employee Rights: The Never-Ending Tug-of-War, 65 Mo. L. Rev. 877 (2000).
A Unifying Theory of Sex Discrimination, 34 Ga. L. Rev. 1591 (2000).
Enclave Districting, 8 Wm. & Mary Bill of Rts. J. 135 (1999).
Reasonable Certainty and Reasonable Doubt, 81 Marq. L. Rev. 655 (1998).
Separation of Powers and the 1995-1996 Budget Impasse, 16 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 51 (1996) (with Dennis E. Logue, Jr.).
Getting It Right: Uncertainty and Error in the New Disparate Treatment Paradigm, 60 Alb. L. Rev. 1 (1996).
The President As Spiritual Leader: Pardons, Forgiveness, Mercy and Justice, in Frontiers in Spiritual Leadership (Scott Allison, Craig Kocher & George Goethals eds.) (Palgrave forthcoming).
Minimizing State of Mind Issues in Title VII Retaliation Cases, in Evolving Issues in Discrimination: Social Science and Legal Perspectives (forthcoming 2013).
Bond v. Floyd, in Milestone Documents in African American History: A Reference Guide for Students (Schlager Group 2010).
The Civil Rights Act of 1964, in Milestone Documents in African American History: A Reference Guide for Students (Schlager Group 2010).
Plessy v. Ferguson, in Milestone Documents in African American History: A Reference Guide for Students (Schlager Group 2010).
Book Review, 26 Journal of Law and Religion 635 (2011) (reviewing Holy Writ: Interpretation In Law and Religion).
The court had to uphold McDonnell's conviction (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sat., Jul. 18, 2015
Voting Rights Podcast (Your Weekly Constitutional)
Fri., May. 22, 2015
The Challenge (Richmond.com)
Sat., Apr. 4, 2015
Federal lawsuit seeks fix to 'racial gerymandering' (Roanoke.com)
Thu., Jan. 1, 2015
Today's top opinion: Voting - fraudities (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Ex-Governor's Corruption Trial Has Lurid Slideshow (Voice of America)
Mon., Aug. 25, 2014
Civil Rights Act turns 50 this week (The Roanoke Times)
Sat., Jun. 28, 2014
Proposal seeks to update Voting Rights Act (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Apr. 28, 2014
NSU Hosts 2nd '1619' History Conference (The New Journal and Guide)
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
Experts unsure whether McDonnell will be indicted (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Aug. 26, 2013
12 Investigates: Key figures disclose new gifts on public record (NBC12)
Mon., Jul. 8, 2013
Morality Wasn't the Issue in 1787 (The New York Times)
Tue., Feb. 26, 2013