Texas Tech University

Catherine Christopher

Associate Professor of Law

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 to first-year students, and she teaches Texas Practice and Advanced Legal Analysis to third-year students. 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's scholarship focuses primarily on emerging technologies in the banking industry, including Bitcoin and mobile banking. She is a regular participant in the SCALS Faculty Exchange and has presented at The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies 17th Annual Faculty Conference. She also speaks and writes about legal writing, academic support, and feminist issues. She has spoken on these topics at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, the American Association of Law Schools 2015 Annual Meeting, and the Fourth Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference on Teaching the Academically Underprepared Law Student.

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, where she was the Bluebook Editor of the Pittsburgh Tax Review. 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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  • B.A., Barnard College
  • B.A., Columbia University
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh


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


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

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

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

Teaching Negotiation to 1Ls, The Learning Curve, Winter 2015, at 19 (with Shery Kime-Goodwin, Brie D. Sherwin, and Robert T. Sherwin)

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

Note, Will Filing Status Be Portable? Tax Implications of Interstate Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage, 4 Pitt. Tax Rev. 137 (2007)