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Barbara Kritchevsky

Barbara Kritchevsky

Director of Advocacy and Cecil C. Humphreys Professor of Law

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B.A. (summa cum laude), 1977, Middlebury College; J.D. (cum laude), 1980, Harvard University.


Pennsylvania; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


Associate, 1980-83, Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Philadelphia, PA., Litigation; joined The University of Memphis School of Law faculty in 1983. Associate Dean 2001-2009. Director of Advocacy since 8/2009.

Teaching Interests

Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Brief Writing, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Federal Courts, Legal Argument and Appellate Practice, Torts.


Author of article on negligence per se in The Wisconsin Law Review (2009), articles on Section 1983 litigation in the UCLA Law Review (1988), Toledo Law Review (1991), George Washington Law Review (1992), Villanova Law Review (1996), the Urban Lawyer (1999 & 2005), Rutgers Law Journal (2004), and Cardozo Law Review (2004). Author of articles on state constitutional law, criminal law, moot court, and constitutional law in The University of Memphis Law Review. Coach: 2008 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition national finalists and best oral advocate and 2010 regional champions; 1996, 1994, and 1993 Wagner Moot Court national champions, 2003 and 1992 semifinalists; 2006 National Moot Court national finalists, 1999 and 1993 national quarter-finalists, and 2008-09 regional finalists. Officer or Executive Committee Member, Civil Rights Section, Association of American Law Schools (since 1/2002).