Christopher M. Fairman is the Associate Dean for Faculty and the Alumni Society
Designated Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He is an
award-winning teacher who has received Ohio State’s highest recognition for teaching
excellence, the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching presented by the Alumni
Association and the Office of Academic Affairs. He was also honored with the 2004
Excellence in Education Award from Ohio Magazine and the Outstanding Professor Award
2003, as voted by the Moritz Law Graduating Class of 2003. 

Area of Specialty: Civil procedure, professional ethics, alternative dispute resolution 

Research and Scholarship: Professor Fairman’s current scholarly interests include use of
civil procedure to address so-called frivolous litigation such as judicially-imposed
heightened pleading requirements or legislative initiatives like the Lawsuit Abuse
Reduction Act. Professor Fairman is also interested in the intersection of alternative
dispute resolution and legal ethics. One of his most recent articles, “A Proposed Model
Rule for Collaborative Law,” has framed the current debate over ethics rules and
collaborative law and is the subject of a colloquy with Professor John Lande (Missouri)
published in the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution in 2007. 

Professor Fairman's most recent contribution to his Selected Works is found in
"Essays" below: FUCK AND LAW FACULTY RANKINGS. This essay challenges Brian
Leiter's recent use of SSRN download data to create a new ranking of law faculty.
His new ranking excludes Fairman's scholarship due to its popularity. 



Fuck, Cardozo Law Review (2007)


Protecting Consumers: Attorney Ethics and the Law Governing Lawyers, Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report (2006)


A Proposed Model Rule for Collaborative Law, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (2005)


Popular Press


House Follies, Legal Times (2005)


No McJustice for the Fat Kids, Legal Times (2003)

Unpublished Papers


Institutionalized Word Taboo: The Continuing Saga of FCC Indecency Regulation, ExpressO (2013)

Indecency regulation by the Federal Communication Commission and Supreme Court is the product of word...



Fuck, ExpressO (2006)

This Article is as simple and provocative as its title suggests: it explores the legal...