Henry L. Chambers Jr.
Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law
Courses Taught Employment Discrimination Employment Lawyering Criminal Law White Collar Crime Evidence
Profile

Professor Henry L. Chambers, Jr., teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, law and religion, and employment discrimination. He is active in the Virginia State Bar, including serving as chair of its Section on the Education of Lawyers from 2007-2009, and has been a member of the American Law Institute since 2002. Professor Chambers served as Special Assistant Attorney General for redistricting matters for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2011-2013. He also frequently lectures on constitutional law through the We The People program, which provides civic education instruction to school teachers and the public; at James Madison’s Montpelier; and at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville.

Presentations
Presenter, "Controversy History: Voting Rights and Redistricting," The Valentine Museum, Richmond (Nov. 2017).
Panelist, "Civil Discourse: A Debate on Gerrymandering," University of Richmond School of Law (Oct. 2017).
Panelist, "Practical Considerations and Emerging Issues in Jury Research, Selection, and Misconduct," 2017 Bench-Bar Conference, Richmond Bar Association (Oct. 2017).
Presenter, "A Constitutional Conversation: Permits, Protests, and Public Safety," Hill Tucker Bar Association, Richmond (Sept. 2017).
Panelist, "Supreme Court Preview," ACS and Federalist Society, University of Richmond School of Law (Sept. 2017).
Presenter, "Voting Rights Today and Tomorrow," Old Dominion Bar Association Mid-Winter Meeting (Feb. 2017).

Moderator, “Criminal Investigations in the 21st Century – Following the Electronic Trail,” Richmond Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference (Oct. 2015).

Lecturer, “Policing, Liberty and the Constitution,” From Ferguson to Charleston: A Racial Justice Forum (Sept. 2015).

Lecturer, “The Voting Rights Act at 50: Big Huzzah or Last Hurrah?,” National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington (July 2015).

Panelist, “50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: Protecting, Extending, and Ensuring the Franchise,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Commission Event on Commemorating The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia (Aug. 2015).

Paper, "Why Lincoln Waited To Issue the Emancipation Proclamation," Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (Jan. 2013).

Paper, "Dred Scott: Tiered Citizenship and Tiered Personhood," Dred Scott Symposium, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas (March 2006).

Moderator, "Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act," Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference, Section on Minority Groups, Washington, D.C. (Jan. 2006).

Presenter, "Employment Discrimination," Institute for Federal Judicial Law Clerks (Fourth Circuit), Richmond, Va. (Sept. 2005).

Panelist, Voting Rights Act, Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut (April 2004).

Paper, "Rank Ordering and Merit at the Margin," Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland (Jan. 2004).

Paper, "Retooling the Intent Requirement under the 14th Amendment," Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review Symposium Vision and Revision: Exploring the History, Evolution and Future of the Fourteenth Amendment, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Nov. 2003).

Moderator/Panelist, "Marbury v. Madison-The Past, Present and Future of Judicial Review," Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, Columbia, Missouri (Oct. 2003).

Presenter, "Employment Discrimination Litigation in Federal Courts," Institute for Federal Judicial Law Clerks (Fourth Circuit), Richmond, Virginia (Sept. 2003).

Paper, "Gender Conformity and the Hostile Work Environment," Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (June 2003).

Paper, "Taking Summary Adjudication and Disparate Treatment Seriously," Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (June 2003).

Paper, "The Natural and Probable Consequences of Colorblind Districting," University of Kansas Law School, Lawrence, Kansas (Feb. 2002).

Panelist, Election Process and Constitutional Law, Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Washington, D.C. (Jan. 2002).

Paper, "Disparate Treatment after Hicks and Reeves," St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri (Jan. 2002).

Paper, "The Natural and Probable Consequences of Colorblind Districting," St. Louis University Law School, St. Louis, Missouri (Jan. 2002).

"The Reconstruction Amendments" and "The Bill of Rights," We The People..., The Citizen and the Constitution, New England Summer Institute, Newport, Rhode Island (July 2006).

"Judicial Review," We The People..., The Citizen and the Constitution, California State Institute, San Diego, California (July 2006).

"How Have the Protections of the Bill of Rights Been Developed and Expanded," We The People. . . .The Citizen and the Constitution, Western Region Summer Institute, Los Angeles, California (July 2004).

"How Have the Protections of the Bill of Rights Been Developed and Expanded," We The People. . . .The Citizen and the Constitution, Central Region Summer Institute, Columbia, Missouri (July 2003).

"How Have the Protections of the Bill of Rights Been Developed and Expanded," We The People. . . The Citizen and the Constitution, Southeastern Region Summer Institute, Greenville, South Carolina (June 2003).

Center for Civic Education, We the People. . . The Citizen and the Constitution Mentors' Conference, Pasadena, California, February 2003 Invited Scholar, Center for Civic Education, We the People. . . The Citizen and the Constitution Scholars Conference, Pasadena, California (Jan. 2003).

"Bill of Rights," We The People. . . .The Citizen and the Constitution, Central Region Summer Institute, Columbia, Missouri (Jul. 2002).

Memberships
Members' Consultative Group, Restatement of Employment Law, American Law Institute, 2002-present
Members' Consultative Group Society of American Law Teachers, American Law Institute, 2002-present
Occasional Reviewer, Law and Society Review, Law and Society Association, 2000-2005
American Bar Association, 1991-present
Section on Minority Groups Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools, 2003-present
Section on Employment Discrimination Law Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools, 2001-2002
Vice Chair, Virginia State Bar, 2006-present
Virginia State Bar, Section on the Education of Lawyers, 2004-present
Law School Curriculum Committee, Chair, 2004-present
University Faculty Council Representative, 2004-present Chair, 2005-2006
Presidential Search Committee, 2006-present
Grievance Committee, 2004-present
Committee on Committees, 2005-2006
Bar Admissions
Virginia
District of Columbia
Professional Experience
Professor of Law (2004-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Visiting Professor of Law (Spring Semester 2004)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
James S. Rollins Professor of Law (2002-2004)
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Associate Professor (1994-2002)
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Visiting Professor of Law (Fall Semester 2002)
Washington University School of Law
Associate, Litigation Department (1991-1994)
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Washington, D.C.
Publications
Articles

State and Local Officials and Voter ID, 15 Election L. J. 234 (2016).

Slavery, Free Blacks and Citizenship, 43 Rutgers L. J. 487 (2013). 

Fear, Irrationality, and Risk Perception, 69 Mo. L. Rev. 1047 (2004).

Retooling the Intent Requirement under the Fourteenth Amendment, 13 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 611 (2004).

Colorblindness, Race Neutrality, and Voting Rights, 51 Emory L.J. 1397 (2002) (reprinted in 19 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook 11-1 (Steven Saltzman, ed., 2003)). 

Discrimination, Plain and Simple, 36 Tulsa L.J. 557 (2001).

A Unifying Theory of Sex Discrimination, 34 Ga. L. Rev. 1591 (2000). 

Enclave Districting, 8 Wm. & Mary Bill of Rts. J. 135 (1999).

Reasonable Certainty and Reasonable Doubt, 81 Marq. L. Rev. 655 (1998).

Separation of Powers and the 1995-1996 Budget Impasse, 16 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 51 (1996) (with Dennis E. Logue, Jr.).

Chapters

The President As Spiritual Leader: Pardons, Forgiveness, Mercy and Justice, in Frontiers in Spiritual Leadership (Scott Allison, Craig Kocher & George Goethals eds.) (Palgrave 2016).

Minimizing State of Mind Issues in Title VII Retaliation Cases, in Evolving Issues in Discrimination: Social Science and Legal Perspectives (forthcoming 2013).

Bond v. Floyd, in Milestone Documents in African American History: A Reference Guide for Students (Schlager Group 2010).

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, in Milestone Documents in African American History: A Reference Guide for Students (Schlager Group 2010).

Plessy v. Ferguson, in Milestone Documents in African American History: A Reference Guide for Students (Schlager Group 2010).

Johnson v. DeGrandy, in The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States 521 (Kermit L. Hall et al. eds., 2nd ed. Oxford University Press 2005).

Reviews

Book Review, 26 Journal of Law and Religion 635 (2011) (reviewing Holy Writ: Interpretation In Law and Religion).

In the News

Supreme Court faces its own campaign season (US News)
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016

Potentially historic Virginia redistricting case begins in the Supreme Court (WVTF)
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016

Could Donald Trump really jail Hillary Clinton if he wins the election? (The Guardian)
Tue., Oct. 11, 2016

McDonnell retrial decision could take months (The Roanoke Times & The Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Tue., Jun. 28, 2016

U of R law professor skeptical McDonnell would get convicted in retrial (NBC12)
Mon., Jun. 27, 2016

Supreme Court reverses federal corruption convictions of former Gov. Bob Mcdonnell (Virginia Business)
Mon., Jun. 27, 2016

At Supreme Court, McDonnel case asks: What is corruption? (Style Weekly)
Tue., May. 3, 2016

Bob McDonnell's day in court (WRVA)
Thu., Apr. 28, 2016

3rd District case before Supreme Court Monday (Daily Press)
Mon., Mar. 21, 2016

The legal question Burfoot asks (The Virginian-Pilot)
Thu., Feb. 25, 2016

Scalia's death could affect McDonnel appeal (The Roanoke Times)
Sun., Feb. 14, 2016

So Virginia missed its redistricting deadline. What's next? (WAMU)
Thu., Sep. 3, 2015

Court's McDonnell decision is no call for politicians to get grabby again (The Virginian-Pilot)
Wed., Sep. 2, 2015

Court to move on redistricting as deadline passes
Mon., Aug. 31, 2015

Bob McDonnell may be heading to prison (NBC12)
Thu., Aug. 20, 2015

The court had to uphold McDonnell's conviction (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sat., Jul. 18, 2015

Loving v. Virginia comes to fore as court takes up gay marriage (The Roanoke Times)
Tue., May. 26, 2015

Voting Rights Podcast (Your Weekly Constitutional)
Fri., May. 22, 2015

Governor McAuliffe creates sub-panel to study law enforcement technology (NBC12)
Tue., Apr. 21, 2015

The Challenge (Richmond.com)
Sat., Apr. 4, 2015

Supreme Court sends back ruling on redistricting for Virginia's 3rd (Richmond.com)
Mon., Mar. 30, 2015

Federal lawsuit seeks fix to 'racial gerymandering' (Roanoke.com)
Thu., Jan. 1, 2015

Conviction of Ex-Virginia Governor Highlights US Anti-Corruption Strategies (Voice of America)
Fri., Sep. 5, 2014

Jury instructions could guide McDonnell case outcome (The Virginian-Pilot, Find Law)
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014

Today's top opinion: Voting - fraudities (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014

Ex-Governor's Corruption Trial Has Lurid Slideshow (Voice of America)
Mon., Aug. 25, 2014

McDonnell trial tells politicians that feds are watching (The Virginian-Pilot, Find Law)
Sun., Jul. 27, 2014

Panel commemorates 50 year anniversary of Civil Rights Act (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., Jul. 2, 2014

Civil Rights Act turns 50 this week (The Roanoke Times)
Sat., Jun. 28, 2014

8News Investigates: Has A Brunswick Politician Been Violating State Law? (WRIC TV 8)
Wed., May. 28, 2014

Housing authority police in Richmond may have overstepped their bounds (Washington Examiner)
Wed., May. 21, 2014

Lawyers argue over whether changes to Scott's district were racial, or political (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., May. 21, 2014

Suit seeks to redraw Scott's congressional district (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Tue., May. 20, 2014

Proposal seeks to update Voting Rights Act (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Apr. 28, 2014

8News Investigates: Allegations of Delegate Ear Marking Tax Dollars to Friend's Charity (WRIC TV 8)
Mon., Mar. 24, 2014

State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information (The Center for Public Integrity)
Wed., Dec. 4, 2013

NSU Hosts 2nd '1619' History Conference (The New Journal and Guide)
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013

Experts unsure whether McDonnell will be indicted (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Aug. 26, 2013

12 Investigates: Key figures disclose new gifts on public record (NBC12)
Mon., Jul. 8, 2013

Faith and Values: Lent is season for self-assessment (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sat., Mar. 16, 2013

Morality Wasn't the Issue in 1787 (The New York Times)
Tue., Feb. 26, 2013

Faith and Values: Inclusion, Change are Keys to Success (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sat., Mar. 24, 2012


Education
B.A., University of Virginia 1988
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 1991
Contact Information
Room 210, Law School
(804) 289-8199
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Voting Rights
Employment Discrimination
White Collar Crime
Criminal Law
Constitutional Law