Chris Guthrie

Dean
John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law

Chris Guthrie is a leading expert on behavioral law and economics, dispute resolution, negotiation and judicial decision making. Over the course of his academic career, he has been recognized for his research and teaching with two CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Professional Article Prizes, the 2003-04 Outstanding First-Year Course Professor Award at Northwestern University Law School, and multiple teaching and research prizes at the University of Missouri, among other awards. He is one of the authors of the influential textbook Dispute Resolution & Lawyers and has published more than 40 scholarly articles and essays in leading law journals, including the University of Chicago Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Dean Guthrie joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2002 following six years on the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Law. He served as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 2004-08 and became Dean in July 2009. During his academic career, Dean Guthrie has served as a visiting professor at the Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Washington University law schools. Before entering the legal academy, he practiced law with Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California.

Dean Guthrie graduated with distinction and honors from Stanford University and then earned his master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a law degree from Stanford Law School. At Vanderbilt, Dean Guthrie has taught Torts, Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.

Research Interests

Behavioral law and economics, dispute resolution, negotiation, mediation, judicial decision making, legal education and scholarship


Representative Publications

  • Dispute Resolution and Lawyers (West Publishing, 4th edition 2009) (with Leonard R. Riskin, Richard C. Reuben, Jennifer Robbennolt and Nancy Welch)
  • "Remaking the United States Supreme Court in the Courts’ of Appeals Image," 58 Duke Law Journal 1439 (2009) (with Tracey E. George) (symposium)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN | WWW
  • "Carhart, Constitutional Rights, and the Psychology of Regret," 81 Southern California Law Review 877 (2008)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • “'The Threes': Reimagining Supreme Court Decision Making,” 61 Vanderbilt Law Review 1825 (2008) (with Tracey George) (essay)
    Full Text | PDF
  • “Blinking on the Bench: How Judges Decide Cases,” 93 Cornell Law Review 1 (2007) (with Jeffrey J. Rachlinski & Judge Andrew J. Wistrich)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "Can Judges Ignore Inadmissible Information?: The Difficulty of Deliberately Disregarding," 153 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1115 (2005) (with Jeffrey J. Rachlinski & Judge Andrew J. Wistrich)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • "Panacea or Pandora's Box? The Costs of Options in Negotiation," 88 Iowa Law Review (2003)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • "Prospect Theory, Risk Preference & the Law," 97 Northwestern University Law Review 1115 (2003) (symposium)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • "Inside the Judicial Mind," 86 Cornell Lew Review 777 (2001) (with Jeffrey J. Rachlinski and Judge Andrew J. Wistrich)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • "Framing Frivolous Litigation: A Psychological Theory," 67 University of Chicago Law Review 163 (2000)
    Full Text | JSTOR


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Contact Information

(615) 322-9800 (voice)
(615) 322-5151 (fax)
Dean's Suite, Room 108 (office)
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Education

J.D., B.A. Stanford University
Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education

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