Allison Anna Tait
Assistant Professor of Law
Courses Taught Trusts and Estates Family Law
Profile

Allison Anna Tait, an expert in trusts and estates, family law, tax exempt organizations, legal history, and property, joined the University of Richmond Law faculty in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Law. Professor Tait comes to Richmond Law with a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.D. in French literature from Yale, and an LL.M. in tax and organizational governance from Columbia Law School.

At Yale Law School, Professor Tait served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. She then clerked for the Hon. Richard Palmer of the Connecticut Supreme Court, served as a Postdoctoral Scholar for the Yale Women Faculty Forum, and was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School.

Professor Tait serves as co-chair of the Organizing Committee for Family Law Scholars and Teachers, and is secretary for the Law & Humanities Section of AALS.

Grants and Fellowships
Lillian Goldman Perpetual Scholarship Recipient, Yale Law School, 2009-2011
Presidential Public Service Fellow, Yale Law School, 2009
Presentations
Presenter, "Building the U.S. Supreme Court: Writing History and Gender," Southwestern Social Science Association, Austin, Tex. (April 2017).
Presenter, "Feministy Pedagogies," Theorizing Linkages, Practicing Solidarity: Feminist Approaches to Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, Arlington, Va. (April 2017).
Panelist, "Trusting Marriage," 2017 Annual Conference Association of Law, Culture, & the Humanities, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto (April 2017).
"Trusting Marriage," Trusts and Estates Meets Gender, Race, and Class, Oklahoma City University (Sept. 2016).
Presenter, "Corporate Family Law," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Amelia Island, Fla. (Aug. 2016).
Presenter, "Company Men," Emerging Family Law Scholars Conference, New Orleans (June 2016).
Presenter, "Corporate Family Law," Law and Society Conference, New Orleans (June 2016).
Presenter, "Keeping Up Appearances," 19th Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, University of Connecticut School of Law (April 2016).
Presenter, "Characterizing Bigamy: The Disruption of Marital Property Rights in the Nineteenth-Century America," Marriage's Global Past Conference, Cambridge, England (April 2016).
Presenter, "Corporate Family Law," Temple Law School Faculty Colloquy, Philadelphia (March 2016).
Presenter, "Keeping Up Appearances," Joint Scholars & Scholarship Workshop on Feminist Jurisprudence, Fordham Law School, New York (Jan. 2016).

“Divorce Equality.” Presented at the Law and Society Conference; Seattle, WA (May 2015); Emerging Family Law Scholars Conference; Orlando, FL (June 2015); AALS Mid-Year Meeting: The Shifting Foundations of Family Law; Orlando, FL (June 2015)

“Publicity Rules for Public Trusts.” Presented at 18th Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities; Washington D.C. (March 2015)

“Rejecting Amphibious Women and Great Estates.” Presented at the “Consent in Early America” conference; Oxford, England (March 2015)

Chair and Commentator, “Marriage and the Law in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries” panel. North Eastern Conference on British Studies; Lewiston, ME (October 2014)

“Harmful Marriages.” Presented at the Emerging Family Law Scholars Conference; Minneapolis, MN (May 2014)

“Chancery’s Support for Married Women’s Wills in Eighteenth-Century England.” Presented at the American Society for Legal History Annual Conference; Miami, FL (November 2013)

“’Within the Sound of Church Bells’: The Distance Between Formal and Informal Marriage.” Presented at the “Modernizing Marriage through E-Marriage Symposium,” Michigan State University College of Law; East Lansing, MI (November 2010)

“Ruth Stubb’s White Dress: Recognizing Marriage in Polygamous Households.” Presented at the 13th Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities; Providence, RI (March 2010)

“Legal Order Through Literary Narrative.” Presented at the International Symposium on Law and Literature; Paris, France (February 2010)

“Paternal Justice and State Interest. Murderous Fathers in the Theater of Racine and Corneille.” Presented at the 12th Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities; Boston, MA (April 2009)

“Territorial Campaigns:  the Mistress Makes a Map.” Presented at the 5th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies, Wayne State University; Detroit, MI (March 2008)

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor (2015-Present)
University of Richmond School of Law
Associate-in-Law (2013-2015)
Columbia Law School
Gender Equity Postdoctoral Associate (2011-2012)
Yale University, Women Faculty Forum
Publications
Articles
Corporate Family Law, 112 Nw. U. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017).
Keeping Promises and Meeting Needs: Public Charities at a Crossroads, 102 Minn. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017).
The Return of Coverture, 114 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 99 (2016).
Family Law, 51 U. Rich. L. Rev. (2016).

Divorce Equality, 90 Wash. L. Rev. 1245 (2015).

The Secret Economy of Charitable Giving, 95 B.U. L. Rev. 1663 (2015).

Publicity Rules for Public Trusts, 33 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L. J. 421 (2015).

What We Didn’t See Before, 24 Yale J.L. & Human. 3 (2012).

Constructing Courts: Architecture, the Ideology of Judging, and the Public Sphere, with Judith Resnik and Denny Curtis, in Treatise on Legal Visual Semiotics (2012).

Narrative and the Origins of Law, with Luke Norris, in 5 Law and Humanities 11 (2011).

Chapters
Commentary on United States v. Windsor, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017).

Education
J.D., Yale Law School
Ph.D., Yale University
B.A., Bryn Mawr
Contact Information
Room 224, Law School
804-287-1814
Areas of Expertise
Trusts and Estates
Family Law
Tax-Exempt Organizations
Legal History
Property