Cynthia V. Ward

Cynthia V. Ward

Professor of Law
Degrees: J.D., Yale Law School; B.A., Wellesley College
Email: [[cvward]]
Office phone: (757) 221-1476
Office location: Room 215
Areas of Specialization

Criminal Law; Criminal Responsibility; Domestic Violence; Law and Psychology; Law and Sexual Violence; Legal Theory

Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Cynthia Ward joined the William and Mary law faculty in the fall of 1997.

Professor Ward is a graduate of Wellesley College. She received her J.D. from the Yale Law School, where she served as Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal. Before coming to William and Mary she taught at Arizona State College of Law. Professor Ward's scholarly articles have appeared in Columbia Law Review; Notre Dame Law Review; Northwestern University Law Review; and University of Chicago Law Review, among others. Her current research focuses on Criminal Law, Criminal Responsibility, Law and Psychology, and the law of sexual violence.

Scholarly Publications
Articles and Book Chapters
  • Criminal Justice Reform and the Centrality of Intent, 68 Villanova L. Rev. 51 (2023). Online.
  • Trauma and Memory in the Prosecution of Sexual Assault, 45 Law & Psychol. Rev. 87 (2021). SSRN.
  • Three Questions About "Stand Your Ground" Laws, 95 Notre Dame L. Rev. Reflection 119 (2020). SSRN.
  • Criminal Culpability and the Political Meaning of Age, 38 Criminal Justice Ethics 123 (2019) (review essay). SSRN.
  • Two Models for Amending the 'Fleeing Felon' Rule, 70 Fla. L. Rev. 169 (2019). Online.
  • Restoring Fairness to Campus Sex Tribunals, 85 Tenn. L. Rev. 1073 (2018). SSRN.
  • "Stand Your Ground" and Self Defense, 42 Am. J. Crim. L. 89 (2015). SSRN.
  • Mental Illness and Danger to Self, 3 Mental Health L. & Pol'y J. 253 (2014). SSRN.

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