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

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.

Panelist, "Post-2020 Election Panel," Post-2020 Election Panel, University of Richmond School of Law (November 2020)
"Democracy," Voting 2020: From Movement to Action, University of Richmond Department of Athletics (October 2020)
Panelist, "History of Monument Avenue Statues," Time to Talk Town Hall: Free Speech, Removal of Statues, and Ongoing Protests, Virginia State Bar (August 2020)
Presenter, "Redistricting in Virginia: The Near Past, Present, and Future of Voting Rights in the Commonwealth," Old Dominion Bar Association 2020 Winter Meeting, Old Dominion Bar Association (February 2020)
"Dred Scott and Plessy," Dred Scott Presents Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation, Hampton Roads Community Foundation (January 2020)
Presenter, "Fairness and Criminal Justice: Emerging Appellate Issues & Hot Topics in the Law," The Judicial Conference of Virginia, Court of Appeals of Virginia (May 2019)
Presenter, "MeToo, #MeToo, and Sexual Harassment: Is There Anything New Under the Sun?," Modern Social Movements and Their Workplace Impact, Texas A&M School of Law (April 2019)
Panelist, "Reforming Redistricting: Commissions, Litigation & Gerrymandering," Elections: Where Law & Politics Meet, University of Virginia Journal of Law & Politics (March 2019)
Panelist, "Separation of Powers: Presidential Lawmaking and Executive Power," Presidential Lawmaking and Executive Power, The Administrative Law Review and the American University Program on Law and Government, American University School of Law (March 2019)
Presenter, "Technological Change and Voting Rights," The Schmooze - Maryland Constitutional Law Discussion Group, University of Maryland School of Law (March 2019)
Panelist, "Unconscious Bias in the Courtroom," Beyond Diversity: Inclusion 2.0, Greater Richmond Society for Human Resource Management (March 2019)
Moderator, "Got Voice?," Got Voice? Town Hall Meeting on Freedom of Expression, University of Richmond Faculty Senate (February 2019)
Moderator, "Lincoln, the Republicans and the Supreme Court," Foundry Series: Politics and the Supreme Court, American Civil War Museum (January 2019)
Vice Chair, Virginia State Bar (2006 - present)
Member, Virginia State Bar, Section on the Education of Lawyers (2004 - present)
Member, Section on Minority Groups Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools (2003 - present)
Member, Members' Consultive Group Society of American Law Teachers, American Law Institute (2002 - present)
Member, Members' Consultive Group, Restatement of Employment Law, American Law Institute (2002 - present)
Member, American Bar Association (1991 - present)
Occasional Reviewer, Law and Society Review, Law and Society Association (2000 - 2005)
Member, Section on Employment Discrimination Law Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools (2001 - 2002)
Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
Professional Experience
Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law (2018 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Professor of Law (2004 - 2018)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Visiting Professor of Law (2004 - 2004)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
James S. Rollins Professor of Law (2002 - 2004)
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Visiting Professor of Law (2002 - 2002)
Washington University School of Law
Associate, Litigation Department (1991 - 1994)
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Washington, DC
Journal Articles

The Fight over the Virginia Redistricting Commission, Richmond Public Interest Law Review (2021).

Readying Virginia for Redistricting After a Decade of Election Law Upheaval, 55 University of Richmond Law Review 227 (2020).

Curating Campus Speakers, 53 University of Richmond Law Review Online 3 (2019).

Technological Change, Voting Rights, and Strict Scrutiny, 79 Maryland Law Review 191 (2019).

The President, Prosecutorial Discretion, Obstruction of Justice, and Congress, 52 University of Richmond Law Review 609 (2018).

Neoliberalism and the Lost Promise of Title VII, 2018 Jotwell: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots) 1 (2018).

State and Local Officials and Voter ID, 15 Election Law Journal 234 (2016).

Reading Amendments and Expansions of Title VII Narrowly, 95 Boston University Law Review 781 (2015).

The Problems Inherent in Litigating Employer Free Exercise Rights, 86 University of Colorado Law Review 1141 (2015).

Slavery, Free Blacks and Citizenship, 43 Rutgers Law Journal 487 (2013).

The Cost of Non-Compensable Workplace Harm, 8 FIU Law Review 317 (2013).

Much ado about Nothing Much: Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia v. Truro Church, 45 University of Richmond Law Review 141 (with Isaac McBeth) (2010).

Dred Scott: Tiered Citizenship and Tiered Personhood, 82 Chicago-Kent Law Review 209 (2007).

Fear, Irrationality, and Risk Perception, 69 Missouri Law Review 1047 (2004).

Retooling the Intent Requrement under the Fourteenth Amendment, 13 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 611 (2004).

Colorblindness, Race Neutrality, and Voting Rights, 51 Emory Law Journal 1397 (2002).

Discrimination, Plain and Simple, 36 Tulsa Law Journal 557 (2001).

A Unifying Theory of Sex Discrimination, 34 Georgia Law Review 1591 (2000).

Enclave Districting, 8 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 135 (1999).

Reasonable Certainty and Reasonable Doubt, 81 Marquette Law Review 655 (1998).

Separation of Powers and the 1995-1996 Budget Impasse, 16 Saint Louis University Public Law Review 51 (with Dennis Logue) (1996).

Book Chapters

Justice Scalia's Modest Employment Discrimination Law Legacy, in The Conservative Revolution of Antonin Scalia (Rowman & Littlefield) (David Schultz et al., eds.) (2018).

The President As Spiritual Leader: Pardons, Forgiveness, Mercy and Justice, in Frontiers in Spiritual Leadership (Palgrave ) (2016).

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

Bond v. Floyd, 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).

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

Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186 (1962), in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan) (2008).

Civil Rights Act of 1964, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan) (2008).

Random Drug Testing, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan) (2008).

Right to an Attorney, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan) (2008).

Johnson v. DeGrandy, in The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (Oxford University Press) (2005).

Book Reviews

Book Review, 26 Journal of Law and Religion 635 (2011).

Newspaper Articles

Faith & Values: Does Religion infringe on women’s rights?, Richmond Times-Dispatch (September 2011).

Worship only one measure of a church, Richmond-Times Dispatch (April 2011).

In the News

Experts: Outcome of Presidential race may not be known by Election Night (NBC12)
Tue., Nov. 3, 2020

Amendment 1 and the “Representatives Picking Their Voters” Trope (Blue Virginia)
Thu., Oct. 29, 2020

Voting Yes On Amendment 1 Suggests Virginia Is Not Only For Lovers, But Also For Quitters (Blue Virginia)
Tue., Oct. 27, 2020

Despite Disingenuous Claims By Supporters, Amendment 1 Is *Not* a Principled Move Toward Nonpartisan Redistricting (Blue Virginia)
Thu., Oct. 8, 2020

AG Herring heading to court in attempt to remove Kanye West from Nov. ballot (NBC 12)
Wed., Sep. 2, 2020

Descendants of Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson landmark cases discuss white privilege (Daily Press)
Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Another View: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 (WHRO Public Media)
Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Descendants of two famous court cases to talk racism and reconciliation at Norfolk State on Tuesday (The Virginian-Pilot)
Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Court case descendants to discuss legacy of racist laws (The Virginian-Pilot)
Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

Richmonders react to President Trump's impeachment hearing (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Virginia looks at scrapping defunct, racist laws still on the books (The Washington Post)
Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Abraham Lincoln, Politics, and the Supreme Court (C-SPAN)
Thu., Jan. 24, 2019

Trump's birthright order won't fly (Richmond's Morning News, WRVA)
Wed., Oct. 31, 2018

Repealing the second amendment (Richmond's Morning News, WRVA)
Wed., Mar. 28, 2018

Williams: Banning high school athletes from kneeling for the national anthem is a bad idea, and here's why (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Thu., Jan. 18, 2018

Virginia determines tied house election with lottery draw (Community Idea Stations)
Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

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

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

U of R law professor skeptical McDonnell would get convicted in retrial (NBC12)
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

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 (
Sat., Apr. 4, 2015

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

Federal lawsuit seeks fix to 'racial gerymandering' (
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

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 8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Voting Rights
Employment Discrimination
White Collar Crime
Criminal Law
Constitutional Law