Skip to main content

About Sarah M. R. Cravens

Interim Co-Dean 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. Dean 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. Having previously served as Director of Faculty Research and Development and Asst. Dean for Global Engagement, Dean Cravens stepped into the role of Interim Co-Dean in July 2016. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty, Dean 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. Dean Cravens writes on various aspects of the judicial role, covering such topics as the meaning and use of discretion, statements of judicial conscience in concurring and dissenting opinions, and a theological account of wisdom for judges. 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).


Present Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Law, The University of Akron

Curriculum Vitae



Enter a valid date range.

Enter a valid date range.

Contact Information

Sarah M. R. Cravens
Associate Professor of Law
University of Akron School of Law
Akron, OH 44325
(330) 972-2332


Articles (7)

Contributions to Books (2)

Working Papers (1)

Presentations (2)