Henry L. Chambers Jr.
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Employment Discrimination Employment Lawyering Criminal Law White Collar Crime Evidence
Profile

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 ReligionMaryland Law ReviewEmory Law JournalGeorgia 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.

Presentations

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

Memberships
Members' Consultative Group, Restatement of Employment Law, American Law Institute, 2002-present
Members' Consultative Group Society of American Law Teachers, American Law Institute, 2002-present
Occasional Reviewer, Law and Society Review, Law and Society Association, 2000-2005
American Bar Association, 1991-present
Section on Minority Groups Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools, 2003-present
Section on Employment Discrimination Law Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools, 2001-2002
Vice Chair, Virginia State Bar, 2006-present
Virginia State Bar, Section on the Education of Lawyers, 2004-present
Law School Curriculum Committee, Chair, 2004-present
University Faculty Council Representative, 2004-present Chair, 2005-2006
Presidential Search Committee, 2006-present
Grievance Committee, 2004-present
Committee on Committees, 2005-2006
Bar Admissions
Virginia
District of Columbia
Professional Experience
Professor of Law (2004-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Visiting Professor of Law (Spring Semester 2004)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
James S. Rollins Professor of Law (2002-2004)
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Associate Professor (1994-2002)
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Visiting Professor of Law (Fall Semester 2002)
Washington University School of Law
Associate, Litigation Department (1991-1994)
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Washington, D.C.
Publications
Articles

The Supreme Court Chipping Away at Title VII: Strengthening It or Killing It, 74 La. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014).

The Cost of Non-Compensable Workplace Harm, 8 FIU L. Rev. 317 (2013). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Lincoln, The Emancipation Proclamation and Executive Power, 73 Md. L. Rev. 100 (2013). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Slavery, Free Blacks and Citizenship, 43 Rutgers L. J. 487 (2013). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

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). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

The Wild West of Supreme Court Employment Discrimination Jurisprudence, 61 S.C. L. Rev. 577 (2010). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Biblical Interpretation, Constitutional Interpretation and Ignoring Text, 69 Md. L. Rev. 92 (2009). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Dred Scott: Tiered Citizenship And Tiered Personhood, 82 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 209 (2007). [L] [W] [HEIN]
Recapturing Summary Adjudication Principles in Disparate Treatment Cases, 58 SMU L. Rev. 103 (2005). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Fear, Irrationality, and Risk Perception, 69 Mo. L. Rev. 1047 (2004). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Retooling the Intent Requirement under the Fourteenth Amendment, 13 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 611 (2004). [L] [W] [HEIN]

The Effect of Eliminating Distinctions Among Title VII Disparate Treatment Cases, 57 SMU L. Rev. 83 (2004). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Colorblindness, Race Neutrality, and Voting Rights, 51 Emory L.J. 1397 (2002) (reprinted in 19 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook 11-1 (Steven Saltzman, ed., 2003)). [W] [HEIN]

(Un)Welcome Conduct and the Hostile Work Environment, 53 Ala. L. Rev. 733 (2002). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Discrimination, Plain and Simple, 36 Tulsa L.J. 557 (2001). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Employer Prerogative and Employee Rights: The Never-Ending Tug-of-War, 65 Mo. L. Rev. 877 (2000). [L] [W] [HEIN]

A Unifying Theory of Sex Discrimination, 34 Ga. L. Rev. 1591 (2000). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Enclave Districting, 8 Wm. & Mary Bill of Rts. J. 135 (1999). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Reasonable Certainty and Reasonable Doubt, 81 Marq. L. Rev. 655 (1998). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Separation of Powers and the 1995-1996 Budget Impasse, 16 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 51 (1996) (with Dennis E. Logue, Jr.). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Getting It Right: Uncertainty and Error in the New Disparate Treatment Paradigm, 60 Alb. L. Rev. 1 (1996). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Chapters

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).

Johnson v. DeGrandy, in The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States 521 (Kermit L. Hall et al. eds., 2nd ed. Oxford University Press 2005).
Reviews

Book Review, 26 Journal of Law and Religion 635 (2011) (reviewing Holy Writ: Interpretation In Law and Religion).

In the News

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

McDonnell trial tells politicians that feds are watching (The Virginian-Pilot, Find Law)
Sun., Jul. 27, 2014

Panel commemorates 50 year anniversary of Civil Rights Act (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., Jul. 2, 2014

Civil Rights Act turns 50 this week (The Roanoke Times)
Sat., Jun. 28, 2014

8News Investigates: Has A Brunswick Politician Been Violating State Law? (WRIC TV 8)
Wed., May. 28, 2014

Housing authority police in Richmond may have overstepped their bounds (Washington Examiner)
Wed., May. 21, 2014

Lawyers argue over whether changes to Scott's district were racial, or political (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., May. 21, 2014

Suit seeks to redraw Scott's congressional district (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Tue., May. 20, 2014

Proposal seeks to update Voting Rights Act (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Apr. 28, 2014

8News Investigates: Allegations of Delegate Ear Marking Tax Dollars to Friend's Charity (WRIC TV 8)
Mon., Mar. 24, 2014

State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information (The Center for Public Integrity)
Wed., Dec. 4, 2013

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

Faith and Values: Lent is season for self-assessment (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sat., Mar. 16, 2013

Morality Wasn't the Issue in 1787 (The New York Times)
Tue., Feb. 26, 2013

Faith and Values: Inclusion, Change are Keys to Success (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sat., Mar. 24, 2012


Education
B.A., University of Virginia 1988
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 1991
Contact Information
(804) 289-8199
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Voting Rights
Employment Discrimination
White Collar Crime
Criminal Law
Constitutional Law