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Chapin Cimino

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Chapin Cimino


Office: School of Law, Room 234
Phone: 215.571.4703
Fax: 215.571.4712

Administrative Support:
Anne Marie Cellucci
Phone: 215.571.4701


Chapin Cimino examines the roles of virtue, sincerity and objectivity in legal transactions and litigation.

She previously taught at Villanova University School of Law. She has also taught courses in the Government and Politics Department of Widener University.

After clerking for Judge Edmund V. Ludwig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, she became a commercial litigation associate for Pepper Hamilton, LLP. There, she handled contracts, higher education, white collar defense and antitrust cases, including a stint as lead associate in a multi-million dollar antitrust prosecution that resulted in a victory for the plaintiff.

Professor Cimino's publications include "Campus Citizenship and Associational Freedom: An Aristotelian Take on the Nondiscrimination Puzzle," in the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, "Virtue and Contract Law," in the Oregon Law Review, "Private Law, Public Consequences, and Virtue Jurisprudence," in the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, "Taking Aim at the 'Tempting Targets': Considering Standing, Sincerity and Antidiscrimination in Higher Education," in the Brigham Young University Law Review, and "Class-Based Preferences in Affirmative Action Programs After Miller v. Johnson: A Race-Neutral Option or Subterfuge?" in the University of Chicago Law Review.

As a summer associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, she drafted an amicus curiae brief in a voting rights and equal protection case filed in the United States Supreme Court.

She co-founded the Philadelphia Lawyer Chapter of ACS in 2003, of which she is an active member, and has served on the board of directors for New Directions for Women in Philadelphia.

Professor Cimino received her JD with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where she staffed the Law Review.