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 Shari Heather Motro
Shari Heather Motro
Senior Research Scholar

Professor Shari Motro researches and writes about tax law, mindfulness, and the legal regulation of intimate relationships. She is the author of West's The Income Tax Map: A Bird’s-Eye View of Federal Income Taxation for Law Students, and her scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, and Iowa Law Review. Professor Motro is also a frequent commenter in the popular press, and has published editorials in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe, among other venues. She is co-founder of the Richmond Contemplative Law Group, and she has received the Black Law Students Association's Willie Moore Award for promoting cross-cultural understanding and diversity, as well as the University of Richmond's Distinguished Educator Award.

Panelist, "Legal Scholarship and Legal Education," The Fate of Scholarship in American Law Schools, University of Baltimore School of Law (March 2016)
Speaker, "Hot Topics in Family Law," Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, DePaul Law School, (February 2016)
Panelist, "Law, Faith, Spirituality," University of Richmond School of Law (November 2015)
"Scholarship Against Desire," University of Oregon School of Law (April 2015)
"Scholarship Against Desire," Drexel Law School (September 2014)
Bar Admissions
New York
Professional Experience
Senior Research Scholar (2019 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Professor of Law (2011 - 2019)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Associate Professor of Law (2008 - 2011)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Assistant Professor of Law (2005 - 2008)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Senior Fellow (2004 - 2005)
Empax, New York, NY
Lecturer (2003 - 2003)
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Associate (2001 - 2002)
Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, NY
Journal Articles

Mindfulness, Writing, and the Inner Lawyer, 19 Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest xlvi (2016).

Scholarship Against Desire, 27 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 115 (2015).

Preglimony, 63 Stanford Law Review 647 (2011).

The Price of Pleasure, 104 Northwestern University Law Review 917 (2010).

Labor, Luck, and Love: Reconsidering the Sanctity of Separate Property, 102 Northwestern University Law Review 1623 (2008).

A New I Do: Towards a Marriage-Neutral Income Tax, 91 Iowa Law Review 1509 (2006).


The Income Tax Map: A Bird's-Eye View of Federal Income Taxation for Law Students (2016).

Book Chapters

The Price of Pleasure, in In Search of Common Ground on Abortion: From Culture War to Reproductive Justice (Ashgate Press) (2014).

Blog Posts

Rosholushion, Tikkun Daily (September 2015).

Jewish Law as Invitation, Balkinization (August 2015).

Magazine/Trade Publications

Americans Are "Internationals," Too, Inside Higher Ed. (November 2014).

Preglimony, Family Mediation Quarterly 1 (2012).

Lessons from the Swiss cheese Map, Legal Affairs 46 (2005).

Newspaper Articles

Responsibility Begins at Conception, The New York Times (July 2012).

Let Palestinians Write Their Own Destiny, The Richmond Times Dispatch (September 2011).

In Praise of Open Windows, The Wall Street Journal (April 2010).

Why I left Israel, and Why I'm Going Home, The Wall Street Journal (May 2008).

My Audacious Hope, The Guardian (February 2008).

Marriage Benefits, The New York Times (with Peter Smallwood) (June 2007).

The I.R.S.'s Shotgun Marriage, The New York Times (2006).

Letter from Tel-Aviv: The View from the Bubble, The Boston Globe (July 2006).

Single and Paying for It, The New York Times (January 2004).

B.A., Yale University 1995
J.D., New York University School of Law 2001
Contact Information
Room 319, International Center
Areas of Expertise
Tax Law and Policy
Gender and the Law
Information Design and the Law