Christy Hallam DeSanctis

Christy DeSanctis
Professor of Legal Research and Writing; Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Christy DeSanctis oversees the law school’s legal writing curriculum, including the 1L Legal Research and Writing and Introduction to Advocacy Courses; its in-house Writing Center, and the upper-level Scholarly Writing Program for all journal participants. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor DeSanctis practiced at the Washington, D.C., law firms of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC. There, she focused on trial and appellate litigation at both the state and federal level, including in the U.S. Supreme Court, and worked on a variety of regulatory and legislative matters before federal agencies and Congress. She published numerous practice-oriented articles relating to major legislative efforts with which she was directly involved, including terrorism insurance legislation and federal health and financial privacy legislation. Prior to that, she clerked for John W. Bissell, the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. 

Professor DeSanctis began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Law School’s legal research and writing program in 2002 and assumed the directorship in 2004. She has also taught several undergraduate English courses at the University of Maryland, including 19th and 20th c. American Literature courses, Introduction to the Novel, and a persuasive writing course based on Aristotle’s Rhetoric. In addition to her JD, Professor DeSanctis holds a Master’s degree in English language and literature, with a minor in rhetoric and composition, and is a PhD, candidate in American Literature. She recently published the second edition of a four-volume (interactive electronic) legal research and writing textbook with Foundation Press.



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