Allison Anna Tait

Associate Professor of Law


Allison Tait is a an associate professor of law at the University of Richmond where she teaches trusts and estates, family law, estate planning, critical theory, and feminist legal theory. Professor Tait joined the University of Richmond Law faculty in 2015. Before coming to Richmond, she was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School. She also clerked for the Hon. Richard Palmer of the Connecticut Supreme Court and spent a year as the Gender Equity Postdoctoral Fellow for the Yale Women Faculty Forum. 

Professor Tait's research addresses questions of family wealth preservation and transfer as well as the role of marriage in the household economy from a critical perspective. Recently,  she has written about the legal framework of high-wealth exceptionalism,  the regulation of wealth transfer in family businesses, the use of new trust forms to shelter marital assets, and the division of assets in same-sex divorces.

Grants and Fellowships

Lillian Goldman Perpetual Scholarship Recipien, Yale Law School, (2009 - 2011)

Presidential Public Service Fellow, Yale Law School, (2009 - 2009)


"Trust as Patrimony," Law Faculty Colloquy, Boston College Law (September 2019)

"Trust as Patrimony," Law Faculty Colloquy, Wake Forest School of Law (September 2019)

"Emerging Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Trusts & Estates," SEALS Annual Conference, SEALS (August 2019)

"Discussion Group:Topic Coverage of a Modern Trusts & Estates Course," SEALS Annual Conference, SEALS (July 2019)

"Comments on panel entitled Finding Aesthetics in Unexpected Places," Law & Society Association Annual Conference, (June 2019)

"Comments on panel entitled Planning for an Unstable Future," Law & Society Association Annual Conference, (June 2019)

"Divorce Lending," Law & Society Association Annual Conference, (May 2019)

"Inheriting the Family," Family Law Scholars and Teachers Confernce 2019, Howard University School of Law (May 2019)

"The Private Lives of High-Wealth Families," Shifting Normativities, UBC Allard School of Law (May 2019)

"Divorce Lending," Law, Culture, and Humanities 2019, ASLCH (March 2019)

"Confronting Injustice and Memory in the Public Square," AALS 2019 Annual Confernce, Association of American Law Schools (January 2019)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor (2015 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA

Associate-in-Law (2013 - 2015)
Columbia Law School, New York, NY

Gender Equity Postdoctoral Associate (2011 - 2012)
Yale University, New Haven, CT


B.A., Bryn Mawr

J.D., Yale Law School

Ph.D., Yale University

Contact Information

Room 214, Law School
(804) 287 1814
(804) 289 8992 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

Trusts and Estates
Family Law
Tax-Exempt Organizations
Legal History