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Prof. Erin Sheley

Assistant Professor, University of Calgary Faculty of Law

Erin joined the Faculty of Law in 2015. Before coming to Calgary she was a Visiting Associate Professor at the George Washington University Law School and an Olin-Searle Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. She has practiced for several years in the litigation group of the Washington, D.C. offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. While in practice she was commended by the Humane Society of the United States for her pro bono work in the prosecution of dog fighting sponsors.

Erin's research considers how the law should account for subjective narratives in evaluating criminal and tort harm.  In one line of articles she argues that the law inconsistently takes into account the extent to which a victim’s subjective narrative of her injury contributes to the injury in a way that can and should be formally remedied. In another, she develops the idea that failing to attend to how crime and the criminal justice system interact with cultural narratives prevents us from understanding and responding to important aspects of criminal harm. Drawing on her doctoral work on narrative and cultural memory, she combines insights from the fields of psychology, narrative studies, and sociology to make the case that the narrative aspects of harm ought to play a more consistent role in shaping civil and criminal liability, procedure, evidentiary rules, and remedies.

Education
  • B.A., Harvard College
  • J.D., Harvard Law School

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Publications and Multimedia
Lockhart v. United States - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 5-6-16 featuring Erin Sheley
May 06, 2016
Navarette v. California - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 5-9-14 featuring Erin Sheley
May 09, 2014
Navarette v. California - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 3-10-14 featuring Erin Sheley
March 10, 2014
United States v. Comstock - Post-Decision Debate SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 05-25-10 featuring Stephen R. McAllister, Ilya Shapiro, & Erin Sheley
May 25, 2010
United States v. Comstock - Post-Argument Debate SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 05-03-10 featuring Stephen R. McAllister, Ilya Shapiro, & Erin Sheley
May 03, 2010