Christy Hallam DeSanctis

Portrait of Christy Hallam DeSanctis
Professor of Legal Writing; Director, Fundamentals of Lawyering Program
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Christy Hallam DeSanctis joined the full-time faculty at GW Law in 2004 as Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program; she maintains the Director role in GW’s innovative 6-credit Fundamentals of Lawyering Program that replaces LRW. Professor DeSanctis is also the architect of the FL Program, which exposes 1L students to the core competencies of legal practice as well as to professional identity formation and development.

In her role as Director, Professor DeSanctis establishes the curriculum and problems and exercises on which students work; supervises the full-time professors who teach in the program; and has supervisory authority over the teaching assistants (Dean’s Fellows), and the Writing Fellows who staff the law school Writing Center. As well, she helps coordinate the upper-level Scholarly Writing Program, which is focused on students writing notes for one of GW’s nine law journals. Professor DeSanctis serves as an advisor in GW's Inns of Court Program and is a member of that program’s advisory team.

Professor DeSanctis has published several textbooks and numerous articles in legal writing and analysis and storytelling. She has also taught Law and Literature at GW Law for more than a decade. She has served on numerous law school committees, including the Curricular Review Task Force, Strategic Planning Committee, Academic Integrity Committee, Teaching Committee, ABA Self-Study Committee, and Dean Search Committee (as Vice Chair).

Prior to joining the GW faculty, Professor DeSanctis taught as an adjunct professor of legal writing for two years, during which time she also taught both Persuasive Writing and American Literature (19th and 20th c) to undergraduate students at the University of Maryland. She has conducted numerous writing workshops at law firms and other legal services organizations and presented at conferences in legal writing, storytelling, and American Literature.

Professor DeSanctis clerked on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and practiced for six years at large law firms in New York and DC. She holds a JD from New York University School of Law; an MA in English from the University of Maryland (and a PhD (ABD)), with a certificate in literary theory. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with an AB and special distinction in English.



BA, Duke University; JD, New York University; MA, PhD Candidate, University of Maryland