Professor Griffin was previously on the faculty at the University of Colorado Law School (2012-2022), where she taught first-year and advanced legal writing courses, as well as an academic support course on legal analysis. While at Colorado Law, Professor Griffin received the Outstanding New Faculty Award (2014, 2015), and the Clifford J. Calhoun Public Service Award (2020). Professor Griffin taught first-year legal writing at Notre Dame Law School from 2005-2012, where she taught first-year legal writing and received the Charles F. Crutchfield Professorial Excellence Award (2009) given by the Notre Dame Black Law Student Association.

After graduating from law school, Professor Griffin practiced in the commercial litigation department of Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C. in Denver.

She is a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, Legal Communication & Rhetoric.

In her scholarship, Professor Griffin seeks to uncover and critique less-examined or unrecognized assumptions underlying our legal system—exploring and evaluating methods of legal reasoning across substantive fields of law. Her work thus far has focused on the use of legal authority as a highly complicated practice greatly oversimplified by traditional hierarchical descriptions.


Dethroning the Hierarchy of Authority, 97 Or. L. Rev. 51 (2018).

How to Do Things With Legal Doctrine (U. of Chicago Press 2020)(with Pierre Schlag).

‘If Rules They Can Be Called,’ 19 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric (forthcoming 2022)

Problems with Authority, 97 St. John’s L. Rev. (forthcoming, 2023)



Pierre Schlag & Amy J. Griffin, How to Do Things with Legal Doctrine (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press 2020). [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Amy J. Griffin, Treatise Tactics, 100 Denv. L. Rev. 347-382 (2023).  [WWW] [HEIN] [W] [L] [SSRN]
Amy Griffin, Problems with Authority, 97 St. John’s L. Rev. 113-191 (2023). [Gtown Law] [SSRN]
Amy J. Griffin, “If Rules They Can Be Called”: An Essay on the Law of Judicial Precedent, 19 Legal Commc’n & Rhetoric 155-168 (2022). [WWW] [Gtown Law] [W] [SSRN]
Amy J. Griffin, Dethroning the Hierarchy of Authority, 97 Or. L. Rev. 51-108 (2018). [WWW] [HEIN] [W] [L] [SSRN]