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Christopher Corts
Professor of Law, Legal Practice
Courses Taught Legal Analysis and Writing I and II Jurisprudence The Happy Lawyer Just Practice

Professor Christopher Corts researches, teaches, speaks, and writes at the intersection of abstract legal theory and the rigors of everyday legal practice. Prior to joining the Richmond Law faculty, he practiced law as a member of the Appellate Practice and Trial Support Group at Carlton Fields in Miami. He holds a juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He holds membership in both the Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. 

Professor Corts’ academic interests include: law’s theoretical relationship to force, coercion, and violence; professional identity formation; mindful/contemplative lawyering; and happy lawyers. 

You can follow him on Twitter @profcorts, where he explores happiness, motivation, and meaning in professional life.

Presenter, "The Ineffable Spirit?: Meaning, Purpose, and the Elusive Pursuit of Spiritual Wellbeing in Professional Life," The 36th International Congress for Law and Mental Health, The International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Rome, Italy (July 2019).
Presenter, "Being a Lawyer: Professional Identity Formation in the 1L Legal Analysis and Writing Course," 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (March 2019).
Panelist, "Giving Voice to Values and the Formation of the Lawyer's Professional Identity," Ethics in Action: Giving Voice to Values in the Law, Charles A. Widger School of Law, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania (March 2019).
Moderator, Wisdom Perspectives on Life and Death: An Interfaith Panel, Chrysalis Institute, Richmond (November 2017).
Presenter, “Mindful Mindlessness: Mental Contrasting as a Tool for Pursuing Happiness in the Law,” and Panelist, “Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness in Law Schools” Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference, Boca Raton (August 2017).

Presenter, "How Does a Christian Theology of Desire and Love Expose the Limits of Law and Consent?" Bonner Center for Civic Engagement URVA is for Lovers, Richmond (Nov. 2016).

Presenter, "Mindful Movement(s): Embodied Practices for Social Justice Lawyering," Society of American Law Teachers Teaching Conference, Chicago (Sept. 2016).

Presenter, "Using Cognitive Science in the Persuasive Writing Classroom," 6th Annual Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, University of Maryland, March 2016.

Presenter, "Different Rules, Same Result: Legal Indeterminacy and the Five Types of Legal Argument in U.S. v. Jones," Johns Hopkins University Pre-Law Program (Jan. 2016).

Moderator, "Law, Faith, Justice" Panel Discussion, University of Richmond School of Law (Nov. 2015).

"The Science of Persuasion: How Cognitive Science Can Improve the Way We Write," the Frank Dunham Federal Criminal Defense Conference, Charlottesville (April 2015).

Bar Admissions
United States Courts of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Courts, Southern District of Florida
United States District Courts, Middle District of Florida
The Supreme Court of the United States
Professional Experience
Professor of Law, Legal Practice (2019-present)

University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Associate Professor of Legal Writing (2016-2019)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Professor of Legal Writing (2013-2016)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Associate (2011-2013)
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Miami, Fla.
Summer Associate (2010)
Carlton Fields, Miami, Fla.
Intern (2010)
Federal Public Defender's Office, Charlottesville, Va.
Civil Division Extern (2009)
United States Attorney's Office, Phoenix, Az.
Additional Publications

A Lawyer Sits (The Practice), 19 Rich. J. L. & Pub. Int. 413 (2016).

J.D., University of Virginia
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A., Otterbein College
Contact Information
Room 318, Law School
(804) 289-8856
(804) 289-8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Legal Writing and Analysis