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Christy H. DeSanctis

Associate Professor of Legal Research & Writing Director, Legal Research & Writing Program
The George Washington Univ. Law School
Washington, DC

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  • B.A., Duke University
  • J.D., New York University
  • M.A., University of Maryland


Professor DeSanctis has been Director of the LRW program and a member of the full-time faculty at the George Washington University Law School since 2004. Prior to joining the GW Law School faculty, Professor DeSanctis practiced at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC. At Collier, she focused on trial and appellate litigation at both the state and federal level, including in the U.S. Supreme Court, and worked on a variety of regulatory and legislative matters before federal agencies and Congress. She also published numerous articles relating to major legislative efforts with which she was directly involved, including terrorism insurance legislation and federal health and financial privacy regulations. Before that, Professor DeSanctis clerked for John W. Bissell in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Professor DeSanctis began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Law School's legal research and writing program in 2002. She has taught several undergraduate English courses at the University of Maryland, including a persuasive writing course based on Aristotle's Rhetoric. In addition to her J.D., Professor DeSanctis holds a master's in English Language and Literature, with a minor in rhetoric and composition, from the University of Maryland, where she is now at work on a Ph.D.

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