Shari Motro

Senior Research Scholar


Professor Shari Motro researches and writes about tax law, mindfulness, and the legal regulation of intimate relationships. She is the author of West's The Income Tax Map: A Bird’s-Eye View of Federal Income Taxation for Law Students, and her scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, and Iowa Law Review. Professor Motro is also a frequent commenter in the popular press, and has published editorials in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe, among other venues. She is co-founder of the Richmond Contemplative Law Group, and she has received the Black Law Students Association's Willie Moore Award for promoting cross-cultural understanding and diversity, as well as the University of Richmond's Distinguished Educator Award.


Panelist, "Legal Scholarship and Legal Education," The Fate of Scholarship in American Law Schools, University of Baltimore School of Law, March 2016

Faculty speaker, "Hot Topics in Family Law," Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, DePaul Law School, Feb. 2016

Panelist, "Law, Faith, Spirituality," University of Richmond School of Law, Nov. 2015

"Scholarship Against Desire," University of Oregon School of Law, April 2015

"Scholarship Against Desire," Drexel Law School, Sept. 2014

Bar Admissions

New York

Professional Experience

Senior Research Scholar (2019-Present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Professor of Law (2011-2019)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Associate Professor of Law (2008-11)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Assistant Professor of Law (2005-08)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Senior Fellow (2004-05)
Empax, New York, N.Y.

Lecturer (2003)
Yale University, New Haven, Ct.

Associate (2001-02)
Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, N.Y.



The Income Tax Map (West 15th ed. 2016).


Mindfulness, Writing, and the "Inner Lawyer," 19 Rich. J.L. & Pub. Int. xlvi (2016).

Scholarship Against Desire, 27 Yale J.L. & Human. 115 (2015).

The Three-Act Argument: How to Write a Law Article That Reads Like a Good Story, 64 J. Legal Educ. 707 (2015).

Preglimony, 63 Stan. L. Rev. 647 (2011).

The Price of Pleasure, 104 Nw. U. L. Rev. 917 (2010).

Labor, Luck, and Love: Reconsidering the Sanctity of Separate Property102 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1623 (2008).

A New “I Do”: Towards a Marriage-Neutral Income Tax91 Iowa L. Rev. 1509 (2006).


The Price of Pleasure, in In Search of Common Ground on Abortion: From Culture War to Reproductive Justice (Meredith Esser et al. eds., Ashgate 2014).

Additional Publications

Rosholushion, Tikkun Daily, Sept. 17, 2015.

Jewish Law as Invitation, Balkinization, Aug. 19, 2015.

Americans Are "Internationals," Too, Inside Higher Ed., Nov. 17, 2014.

The Cause of Suffering Is Resistance: Let (My People) Go, On Being, April 11, 2014.

Responsibility Begins at Conception, The New York Times, Op-Ed Page, July 7, 2012.

Let Palestinians Write Their Own Destiny, The Richmond Times Dispatch, Sept. 20, 2011.

In Praise of Open Windows, The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2010.

Why I Left Israel, and Why I’m Going Home, The Wall Street Journal, May 8, 2008.

My Audacious Hope, The Guardian, Feb. 13, 2008.

Marriage Benefits, The New York Times, Editorial Desk, June 2, 2007 (with Peter Smallwood).

Letter from Tel Aviv: The View from the Bubble, The Boston Globe, Ideas, July 20, 2006.

The I.R.S.'s Shotgun Marriage, The New York Times, Op-Ed Page, Apr. 14, 2006.

Lessons from the Swiss Cheese Map, Legal Affairs, Sept.-Oct. 2005, at 46.

Single and Paying for It, The New York Times, Op-Ed Page, Jan. 25, 2004.


B.A., Yale University 1995

J.D., New York University School of Law 2001

Contact Information


Areas of Expertise

Tax Law and Policy
Gender and the Law
Information Design and the Law