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Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb

November 2020

Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb Speaks at Spelman CollegeTeri A. McMurtry-Chubb, J.D., C’95, is a professor of law at Mercer University Law School, and currently on leave at the University of Illinois Chicago John Marshall Law School as a visiting distinguished professor of law. McMurtry-Chubb researches, teaches, and writes in the areas of critical rhetoric, discourse and genre analysis, and legal history.

In 2018, she began a two-year appointment as a civil rights analyst for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. With the publication of Legal Writing in the Disciplines: A Guide to Legal Writing Mastery (Carolina Academic Press 2012), McMurtry-Chubb became the first woman of color to author a standalone legal writing textbook for law students. McMurtry-Chubb has used her writing skills for advocacy, including as a co-author of the woman law professor letter opposing the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

A prolific writer, she also authored the rewritten Supreme Court opinion for Loving v. Virginia (1967) in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press 2016). In 2019, she received the 2018 Teresa Godwin Phelps Award for Scholarship in Legal Communication for her article The Rhetoric of Race, Redemption, and Will Contests: Inheritance As Reparations in John Grisham’s Sycamore Row, 48 Univ. Memphis L. Rev. 890 (2018). 

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