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Professor of Law

Amy Sloan
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1111

Administrative Assistant: Shavaun O'Brien 410.837.4635
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1112


J.D., with highest honors, George Washington University
B.J., University of Texas

Curriculum Vitae


Appellate Process
Legal Research
Legal Writing and Rhetoric

Sloan joined the faculty in 2001. From 2001 until 2010, she led the Legal Skills Program jointly with Eric B. Easton. Prior to joining the faculty, she taught at The George Washington University Law School, where she directed the Legal Research and Writing Program, and at the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. She served as an associate of the George Washington Law Review and as a law clerk to the Hon. William M. Nickerson and the Hon. Edward S. Northrop at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Sloan manages academic matters within the school, including scheduling courses, advising students, working with adjunct faculty, and advising the dean and the faculty on curricular matters.

Sloan's scholarly interests include legal research and writing, classical and contemporary rhetoric, and appellate practice. She is active in the Association of Legal Writing Directors and is a member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars.

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Researching the Law: Finding What You Need When You Need It, 1st ed. 2014; 2d ed. 2017.

Amy E. Sloan, Basic Legal Research: Tools & Strategies (Aspen Publishers), 1st ed. 2000; 2d ed. 2003; 3d ed. 2006, 4th ed. 2009; 5th ed. 2012; 6th ed. 2015.

Amy E. Sloan & Steven D. Schwinn, Basic Legal Research Workbook (Aspen Publishers), 1st ed. 2002; 2d ed. 2005; 2006 Update; 3d ed. 2007; 2008 Update; 2009 Update; Rev. 3d ed. 2010; 4th ed. 2011; 2012 Update; Rev. 4th ed. 2015; 5th ed. 2016.

Analysis, Research, and Communication in Skills-Focused Courses (with Ruth Anne Robbins and Kristen K. Tiscione), in Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (Maranville, Bliss, Kaas, & Sedillo Lopez, eds.) (Lexis 2015).

Articles and Essays

New Wine in Old Wineskins: Metaphor and Legal Research, 92 Notre Dame L. Rev. Online 1 (2016) (with Colin Starger).

95 Theses: Legal Research and the Internet, 20 Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute 45 (2015) (invited submission; available in the inaugural online edition at

Setting a Precedent about Precedent: William Richman on Federal Appellate Justice, 45 Toledo L. Rev. 247 (2014).

The Dog that Didn't Bark: Stealth Procedures and the Erosion of Stare Decisis in the Federal Courts of Appeals, 78 Fordham L. Rev. 713 (2009)

Step Right Up: Using Consumer Decision Making Theory to Teach Research Process in the Electronic Age, 60 S.C.L. Rev. 123 (2008).

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em: A Pragmatic Approach to Non-Precedential Opinions in the Federal Appellate Courts, 86 Neb. L. Rev. 895 (2008).

Appellate Fruit Salad and Other Concepts: A Short Course in Appellate Practice, 35 U.Balt. L. Rev. 43 (2005).

Two Rules for Better Writing, 38 Md. B.J. 57 (September/October2005).

A Government of Laws and Not Men: Prohibiting Non-Precedential Opinions by Statute or Procedural Rule, 79 Ind. L.J. 711 (2004).

Introduction to Erasing Lines: Integrating the Law School Curriculum, 1 J. ALWD 3 (2002).

Creating Effective Legal Research Exercises, in 7 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 8 (1998), reprinted in Best of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing 30 (2001).

No Magic Formula: A New Approach for Calculating the Ten Year Time Period for Admission of Prior Conviction Evidence, 3 Geo. Mason Indep. L. Rev. 351 (1995).

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Articles in ScholarWorks