Associate Professor and Director of Faculty Research & Development Sarah M. R.
Cravens has been with The University of Akron School of Law since 2005. She received her
A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University, her M.Phil from Cambridge University,
and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee University, where she was senior
articles editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review. Her areas of interest include the
judicial role, legal ethics, and theology & law. Professor Cravens currently teaches
Torts, Professional Responsibility, Remedies, and a seminar on the judicial role. She has
been admitted to the Oklahoma state bar, as well as the District of Columbia bar. Prior
to joining the Akron Law faculty, Professor Cravens was a law clerk for The Honorable
Stephanie K. Seymour in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was an
attorney for Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C. Professor Cravens writes on
various aspects of the judicial role, focusing in recent articles on such topics as the
meaning and use of discretion, and statements of judicial conscience in concurring and
dissenting opinions. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary book project on the
judicial role as vocation, for which she spent a sabbatical year as a visiting scholar at
Princeton Theological Seminary (Fall 2013) and as a sabbatical visitor at Cambridge
University (Ridley Hall) (Spring 2014). 



In Good Conscience: Expressions of Judicial Conscience in Federal Appellate Opinions, Duq. L. Rev. (2013)

This article explores judicial references to what judges may or may not do, in their...



Judging Discretion: Contexts for Understanding the Role of Judgment, University of Miami Law Review (2010)

This article approaches from a new angle the problem of understanding the meaning and scope...



Brief Demise of Remittitur: The Role of Judges in Shaping Remedies Law, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review (2008)

Among the underrated remedies decisions discussed in this Symposium, there is a particular episode in...



In Pursuit of Actual Justice, Alabama Law Review (2007)

This Article proposes that the fundamental goal of judicial ethics and practice is to achieve...



Judges as Trustees: A Duty to Account and an Opportunity for Virtue, Washington & Lee Law Review (2005)

The title of this symposium asks whether we have ceased to be a common law...


Contributions to Books


Regulating Judges in the United States: Concerns for Public Confidence, Regulating Judges (2015)

Regulation of judges in the United States, both at present and as it has developed...


Working Papers


'Love's Congruence': A Theological Account of Wisdom for Judges (2015)

This article explores what a theological account of wisdom offers to a judge whose faith...




Judging Discretion, Hon. Stephanie K. Seymour Lecture (2007)

This paper was delivered in October as the inaugural Hon. Stephanie K. Seymour Lecture at...