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Maria Perez Crist

Professor Emeritus


School of Law


Email: Maria Crist


Professor Maria Perez Crist has been a member of the School of Law faculty since 1989. She taught in the Legal Profession Program and was that program’s director for seven years.  In 2012, she was appointed to serve as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities, Professor Crist was chair of the Admissions Committee and Technology Committee. She was appointed to a state task force by the Ohio Supreme Court to explore legal education reform, and frequently serves as an accreditation team member for the American Bar Association.  

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

Professor Crist retired from the University of Dayton School of Law in May 2015. 

Courses Taught

LAW 6105 Legal Profession I
LAW 6106 Legal Profession II
LAW 6111 Legislation
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).