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About William J Chriss

My research is focused on the connections between ideology, jurisprudence, and legal and political history. Current work includes writings on the legal history of the 19th century American Southwest, the history of tort reform in America, the replacement of classical tort theory by bureaucratic regulation, and the ethical and professional challenges generated by attacks on the legal profession and the rule of law. I also teach and write on effective advocacy and on Constitutional issues, particularly the right to privacy and the First Amendment, and I am interested in ancient law, classical history, and their influences on American constitutionalism.


Present Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and Executive Director, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
Present Dickson Allen Anderson Endowed Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
Present History Department, University of Texas at Austin



Research Interests

Legal History, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law, Torts and Insurance, Evidence, Trial Practice and Procedure

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Contact Information

3810 Petes Path
Austin, Texas 78731


Constitutional Law (1)

Canon Law (2)

Privacy (1)

Insurance (1)

Torts (2)

History (4)

Philosophy/Theology (2)

Criminal Law (1)