Maria Perez Crist

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Lawyering Skills
Full-Time Faculty
School of Law

  • Location: 203K Keller Hall
  • Phone: 937-229-3794
  • Email: Contact


Maria Perez Crist serves as both associate dean for academic affairs and professor of lawyering skills. As associate dean, she determines the curriculum and class schedule, counsels students regarding classes, and oversees the academic functions and general administration of the School of Law.

Dean Crist joined the School of Law faculty in 1989. She served as the director of the Legal Profession Program for seven years.

As a law student at the University of Michigan Law School, Dean Crist was a finalist in the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition and served on the board of the Women Law Students’ Association.

After graduating in 1981, she entered into a small general practice firm as an associate. She later worked as a contract attorney for the Miami County, Ohio, prosecutor’s office, where she researched and prepared appellate and trial briefs. Dean Crist originally began teaching to ease back into the working world after a few years as a stay-at home mother. She soon discovered she loved teaching and working with students. “Whether they’re struggling or really grasping a concept, the students are always an inspiration,” she says. “They bring a fresh perspective to the law.”

Courses Taught

LAW 6105 Legal Profession I
LAW 6106 Legal Profession II
LAW 6200 ADR for the Litigator
LAW 6300 Family Law
LAW 6315 Law Practice Management
LAW 6910 Transactional Drafting


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1981
B.A., with honors, Northwestern University, 1978

Areas of Law

Civil Litigation
Lawyering Skills
Law Practice Management
Use of Technology in Law Practice

Selected Publications

Preserving the Duty to Preserve: The Increasing Vulnerability of Electronic Information, South Carolina Law Review (2006).

The E-Brief: Legal Writing for an Online World, 33 The New Mexico Law Review 49 (2003).

Contributor, Techniques for Teaching Law, Gerald F. Hess and Steven Friedland 210-211 (Carolina Academic Press 1999).

Technology in the LRW Curriculum: High Tech, Low Tech or No Tech, 5 Legal Writing 93 (1999).

The Internet: Strategies for Effective Use in Law Practice (Ohio CLE Institute Publications 1998).

Using Closed Universe Assignments to Teach Legal Analysis, Legal Writing and Lawyering Skills, (with Rebecca Cochran, Westlaw 1996).

Consulting report, An Analysis of Technology Trends in Law Practice (LexisNexis 1994).

Consulting report, The Role of Computer-Assisted Legal Research in Teaching Legal Research in the First Year (LexisNexis 1992).