Shari Motro
Professor of Law
Professor of Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL)
Courses Taught Federal Income Taxation Sex, Mindfulness and the Law Wills and Trusts Narrative Design and the Law Information Design and the Law Marriage, Money and the Law The Lawyer as Peacemaker

Professor Shari Motro teaches and writes about tax law, mindfulness, and the legal regulation of intimate relationships. She is the author of West's The Income Tax Map: A Bird’s-Eye View of Federal Income Taxation for Law Students, and her scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, and Iowa Law Review. Professor Motro is also a frequent commenter in the popular press, and has published editorials in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe, among other venues. She is co-founder of the Richmond Contemplative Law Group, and she has received the Black Law Students Association's Willie Moore Award for promoting cross-cultural understanding and diversity, as well as the University of Richmond's Distinguished Educator Award.

"Scholarship Against Desire," University of Oregon School of Law (April 2015)
"Scholarship Against Desire," Drexel Law School (September 2014)
Bar Admissions
New York
Professional Experience
Professor of Law (2011-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Associate Professor of Law (2008-11)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Professor of Law (2005-08)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Senior Fellow (2004-05)
Empax, New York, N.Y.
Lecturer (2003)
Yale University, New Haven, Ct.
Associate (2001-02)
Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, N.Y.
The Income Tax Map (West 13th ed. 2014).
Scholarship Against Desire, 27 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 115 (2015).
The Three-Act Argument: How to Write a Law Article That Reads Like a Good Story, 64 Journal of Legal Education 707 (2015).
Preglimony, 63 Stanford Law Review 647 (2011).
The Price of Pleasure, 104 Northwestern University Law Review 917 (2010).
Labor, Luck, and Love: Reconsidering the Sanctity of Separate Property, 102 Northwestern University Law Review 1623 (2008).
Additional Publications
Americans Are "Internationals," Too, Inside Higher Ed., Nov. 17, 2014
Responsibility Begins at Conception, The New York Times, Op-Ed Page, July 7, 2012.
Let Palestinians Write Their Own Destiny, The Richmond Times Dispatch, Sept. 20, 2011.
In Praise of Open Windows, The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2010.
Why I Left Israel, and Why I’m Going Home, The Wall Street Journal, May 8, 2008.
My Audacious Hope, The Guardian, Feb. 13, 2008.
Marriage Benefits, The New York Times, Editorial Desk, June 2, 2007 (with Peter Smallwood).
Letter from Tel Aviv: The View from the Bubble, The Boston Globe, Ideas, July 20, 2006.
The I.R.S.'s Shotgun Marriage, The New York Times, Op-Ed Page, Apr. 14, 2006.
Lessons from the Swiss Cheese Map, Legal Affairs, Sept.-Oct. 2005, at 46.
Single and Paying for It, The New York Times, Op-Ed Page, Jan. 25, 2004.

B.A., Yale University 1995
J.D., New York University School of Law 2001
Contact Information
(804) 287-8923
Areas of Expertise
Tax Law and Policy
Gender and the Law
Information Design and the Law