Texas Tech University

Catherine Christopher

Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Bar Success

Email: catherine.christopher@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7331

Catherine Christopher is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Bar Preparation Resources Office. She teaches Legal Practice I and II, Texas Practice, Advanced Legal Analysis, Constitutional Law, and Banking Law. She received the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award in 2015 and has taught International Banking Law as a visiting professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania.

Professor Christopher writes and presents on a variety of subjects, including Bitcoin and the blockchain, legal writing, academic support, bar passage, and feminism. A list of her publications is below.

Professor Christopher holds a B.A. in Political Economy from Barnard College of Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. After graduating from law school, Professor Christopher entered private practice with a small boutique firm specializing in banking law. She represented regional banks in commercial real estate transactions, bankruptcies, and foreclosures.

She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Texas, and the Western District of Pennsylvania.

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Education

  • B.A., Barnard College
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh

Courses

  • Legal Practice I and II
  • Texas Practice
  • Advanced Legal Analysis
  • Banking Law
  • Constitutional Law

Publications

Tackling the Texas Essays: Efficient Preparation for the Texas Bar Exam (Carolina Academic Press 2018)

Nevertheless She Persisted: Comparing Roe v. Wade's Two Oral Arguments, 49 Seton Hall L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2019)

Will I Pass the Bar Exam?: Predicting Student Success Using LSAT Scores and Law School Performance, 45 Hofstra L. Rev. 753 (2017) (with Katherine A. Austin and Darby Dickerson)

The Bridging Model: Exploring the Roles of Trust and Enforcement in Banking, Bitcoin, and the Blockchain, 17 Nev. L. Rev. 139 (2016)

Mobile Banking: the Answer for the Unbanked in America?, 65 Cath. U. L. Rev. 221 (2016)

Putting Legal Writing on the Tenure Track: One School's Experience, 31.1 Colum. J. Gender & L. 64 (2015)

Eye of the Beholder: How Perception Management Can Counter Stereotype Threat Among Struggling Law Students, 53 Duq. L. Rev. 161 (2015)

Whack-A-Mole: Why Prosecuting Digital Currency Exchanges Won't Stop Online Money Laundering, 18 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1 (2014)

Academic Advising in Law Schools, The Learning Curve, Winter/Spring 2018 (with M. Alexander Pearl)

Teaching Law and Pop Culture (Christine Corcos ed., forthcoming from Carolina Academic Press) (book chapters, with Brandon Beck, DeLeith Gossett, Wendy-Adele Humphrey, Brie Sherwin, and Nancy Soonpaa)

Profile of a Struggling 1L, The Learning Curve, Summer 2016 at 16

Emerging Technologies in Banking & Finance, in Introduction to Emerging Technologies Law, Vol. 2 at 59 (Victoria Sutton, 2015) (book chapter)

Why on Earth Do People Use Bitcoin?, 2 Bus. & Bankr. L.J. 1 (2014)

Teaching Negotiation to 1Ls, The Learning Curve, Winter 2015, at 19

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