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About Christopher M Fairman

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.


Present Alumni Society Designated Professor of Law, The Ohio State University
Present Associate Dean for Faculty, The Ohio State University



Research Interests

Civil Procedure and Legal Ethics

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Honors and Awards

  • Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, The Ohio State University Alumni Association and the Office of Academic Affairs (2004).
  • 2004 Excellence in Education Award, Ohio Magazine (Dec. 1, 2004).
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Moritz College of Law (2003).


  • Civil Procedure I & II
  • Professional Responsibility
  • ADR Ethics

Contact Information

Moritz College of Law
55 West 12th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
614.292.2422 (direct)
614.292.2035 (fax)


Articles (8)

Essays (1)

Unpublished Papers (2)