Russell L. Christopher

Professor of LawJohn Rogers Hall 254
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Professor Christopher's research is in the area of criminal law and criminal procedure.  His recent work includes articles on rape, statutory rape, rape by fraud, blackmail, victim's rights, the theory of punishment, attempts, and criminal defenses.  His work has appeared in a wide variety of journals including Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Fordham Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and Philosophy & Public Affairs.  He has also published two books in Oxford University Press.

Christopher joined the TU College of Law faculty in 2002 after serving as a visiting assistant professor of law at Florida State University School of Law, as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, a research scholar in the faculty of law at Columbia University School of Law, and a judicial clerk in the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. 

Education and Degrees Earned

  • University of Michigan School of Law J.D. (Law), 1988
  • Hamilton A.B. (Philosophy), 1983

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Sentencing
  • White Collar Crime
  • Philosophy of Law

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 2002   Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Florida State University, School of Law
  • 2001   Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University, School of Law
  • 1997-2001     Research Scholar in the Faculty of Law, Columbia University, School of Law

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 1996-1997 Judicial Clerkship to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • 1994-1996 Research Associate to Prof. George P. Fletcher, Columbia University School of Law
  • 1988-1990 Associate, Webster & Sheffield, New York, New York and Washington, D.C.
  • 1987 Summer Associate, Troy & Gould, Los Angeles, California
  • 1987 Summer Associate, O'Connor, Cavanagh et al., Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1986 Summer Associate, Legal Department, American Home Products Corporation, New York, New York

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Committee for Model Jury Instructions
  • Editorial Board for the journal, Criminal Law and Philosophy
  • New York State Bar (inactive)

Courses Taught at TU

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sex Crimes
  • Theory and Practice of Punishment

Awards & Recognition

  • 2008 University of Tulsa College of Law Outstanding Scholarship Award (awarded for Best Article published in 2006)
  • 2007 University of Tulsa Women’s Studies Governing Board Course Development Grant
  • 2006-2007 University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 2001 Humboldt Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation