Christina E. Wells

Christina E. Wells
  • Freedom of speech
  • Gender and the law
  • Administrative law
  • Government secrecy
  • Executive and judicial action in wartime and times of crisis
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Control of information
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Enoch H. Crowder Professor of Law

BA cum laude (1985), University of Kansas Phi Beta Kappa
JD with honors (1988), University of Chicago Law School

Professor Wells joined the faculty in 1993 after having been an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in Chicago and Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe in Los Angeles, primarily in the area of business litigation. While in school, she was Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.

In 2001, Professor Wells was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic, studying and lecturing on constitutional rights at Masaryk & Palacky Universities. In 2002, she was invited back to present a series of lectures on American constitutional decision making. In 2003, Professor Wells received the Sustained Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the University of Missouri Law School Foundation.

Professor Wells focuses her research on issues involving free expression and access to government information and teaches Freedom of Speech, Gender and the Law, Remedies and Administrative Law.

Recent Publications


First Amendment: Cases & Theory with Ron Krotoszynski, Steve Gey and Lyrissa Barnette Lidsky, (Aspen 2013).
| Aspen Publishers |

Book Chapters/Collected Works

The Promise and Peril of Protesting in the Internet Era, in FREE SPEECH IN AN INTERNET ERA (Carolina Academic Press, 2013).
| SSRN | Carolina Academic Press |

Academic Journals

Protest, Policing and the Petition Clause, __ ALABAMA LAW REVIEW __ (forthcoming 2015).
| SSRN |

Contextualizing Disclosure's Effects: Wikileaks, Balancing and the First Amendment, 97 IOWA LAW REVIEW BULLETIN 51 (2012).
| SSRN | Westlaw |

Lies, Honor, and the Government’s Good Name: Seditious Libel and the Stolen Valor Act, 59 UCLA LAW REVIEW DISCOURSE (2012).
| SSRN | UCLA Law Review Discourse |

Complete Listing of Publications