Elizabeth A. Reilly is the interim dean and a C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Professor at
The University of Akron School of Law. Before her appointment in July 2012, she served as
Vice Provost for Academic Planning at the University of Akron. As vice provost, she
facilitated reporting and implementation for Vision 2020, internationalization,
facilities planning and new market learning initiatives. 

During her tenure, Dean Reilly has played an active role at The University of Akron. She
was chair of the President's Commission on Equity, and served on numerous task
forces for the President and Provost, including the Diversity Committee, the RTP Task
Force, the Academic Salary Affairs Task Force, the Program Review Task Force, and the
Institute for Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee. 

She began her academic career in 1980 as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law and
joined the faculty full time in 1984. From 1995 - 2009, Professor Reilly served as
Associate Dean. She taught torts, lawyers as leaders and sexual orientation and the law,
as well as feminist and race theory, constitutional law, criminal law, federal courts and
pretrial advocacy. Her research focuses on the intersections between individual and
collective interests in areas such as reproductive choice, gender identity, juvenile
justice, tort duties and damages, and the religion clauses. She is the author of numerous
articles, including "Radical Tweak - Relocating the Power to Assign Sex," 12
Cardozo J. L. & Gender 297 (2005) and "The ‘Jurisprudence of Doubt': How
the Premises of the Supreme Court's Abortion Jurisprudence Undermine Procreative
Liberty," 14 Journal of Law and Politics 757 (1998). She is the editor of and a
contributor to Infinite Hope and Finite Disappointment: The Story of the First
Interpreters of the 14th Amendment, published by the University of Akron Press in 2011. 

Dean Reilly received one of two Outstanding Teacher Scholar Awards from the University in
2004. She has presented regularly at academic and professional conferences and groups.
Prior to joining the University, Professor Reilly was an attorney and counselor of law
for Whitaker & Reilly, where her emphasis was on criminal and personal injury
litigation, both trial and appellate. She has been a member of the Akron Bar
Association’s Board of Trustees and the Ohio Supreme Court's Rules Advisory
Committee, as well as former chair of the Juvenile Rules Subcommittee. Professor Reilly
has served on the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates, Juvenile Justice
Committee, and Section on Women in the Profession Board of Governors. She has been a
member of the Association of American Law Schools executive committees of the Section on
Legal History and Section on Education Law. 

A member of the first class of women to attend Princeton University, she majored in
English Language and Literature, and was graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Professor Reilly received her J.D. at The University of Akron School of Law, where she
was first in the class. 



Empathy and Pragmatism in the Choice of Constitutional Norms for Religious Land Use Disputes, Albany Government Law Review (2009)

From the perspective of both religious entities and local governments, religious land use requests are...



Infinite Hope-- Introduction to the Symposium: the 140th Anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment, Akron Law Review (2009)

The Fourteenth Amendment embodies hope. This article introduces the Symposium celebrating the 140th anniversary of...



The Union as it Wasn't and the Constitution as it Isn't: Section Five and Altering the Balance of Power, Akron Law Review (2009)

The original prototype of Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment, as introduced by its primary...



Radical Tweak -- Relocating the Power to Assign Sex, Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender (2005)

Simply, starkly, the law mandates an answer--every child must be male, or female. The need...



Priest, Minister or Knowing Instrument: The Lawyer’s Role in Constructing Constitutional Meaning, Tulsa Law Review (2003)

This article will first explain how the theory of protestant constitutionalism requires an examination of...


Contributions to Books


Union as it wasn't: The 39th Congress's Interpretation of Section Five and Separation of Powers, Infinite Hope and Finite Disappointment: The First Interpreters of the Fourteenth Amendment (2011)


Compensatory Damages- Chapter 3, Damages in Tort Actions (1989)


Punitive Damages- Chapter 40, Damages in Tort Actions (1988)

Unpublished Papers


Faculty Salary Compression: A Model for Response (with Chand Midha, Thomas Calderon, and Richard Steiner), University of Akron Legal Studies Paper No. 04-09 (2004)

This paper describes a process used by The University of Akron to address salary compression....