Sarah M.R. Cravens

Sarah M.R. Cravens

Title: Associate Dean; Associate Professor of Law; C. Blake McDowell Professor
Office: Room 305
Phone: 330-972-2332
Fax: 330-972-7337
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Sarah M. R. Cravens has been with The University of Akron School of Law since 2005.

She received her A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University, her M.Phil from Cambridge University, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee University, where she was senior articles editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review.

Her research areas of interest include the judicial role, legal ethics, and theology & law.  Professor Cravens currently teaches Torts, Professional Responsibility, Remedies, and a seminar on the judicial role.  She has been admitted to the Oklahoma state bar, as well as the District of Columbia bar.  Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty, Professor Cravens was a law clerk for The Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was an attorney for Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C.  Professor Cravens writes on various aspects of the judicial role, focusing in recent articles on such topics as the meaning and use of discretion, and statements of judicial conscience in concurring and dissenting opinions, and wisdom in judging.  She is currently working on an interdisciplinary book project on the judicial role as vocation, for which she spent a sabbatical year as a visiting scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary (Fall 2013) and as a sabbatical visitor at Cambridge University (Ridley Hall) (Spring 2014).



  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA
  • M.Phil., Classics, Cambridge University (Pembroke College), Cambridge, UK
  • A.B., Classics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ