Cristina D. Lockwood

Cristina D. Lockwood

Professor of Law

Lockwood, Cristina D.
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 225
Phone: 313-596-0217
Lockwood, Cristina D.
Areas of Expertise:
Legal Writing
Legal Research
Professional Responsibility


  • J.D. Wayne State University '91
  • B.A. University of Michigan '88


Cristina Lockwood’s scholarship primarily focuses on legal writing and legal research where she has authored two textbooks, one on Michigan legal research and one on legal writing (with Christopher Soper). She also publishes in the area of professional responsibility focusing on the impact of certain professional conduct rules on the poor. She was an associate at Ford Marrin Esposito & Witmeyer in New York City where she litigated complex environmental insurance cases and was an associate at Mark F. Makower & Associates, P.C., in Detroit where she gained significant litigation experience involving construction and condominium law, including appellate and trial level practice.

Professor Lockwood joined the Detroit Mercy Law faculty in 1995 after serving as an adjunct at Detroit Mercy Law for several years. In 2022, she was promoted to Professor of Law.


    Courses Taught

    Applied Legal Theory and Analysis I & II (Law 1080)

    Torts (Law 1130)

    Professional Responsibility (2470)

    Torts Seminar (Law 4700)

    Professional Responsibility Seminar


    Selected Publications

    Successful Legal Analysis and Writing: The Fundamentals (5th ed., West 2022) (with Christopher D. Soper)

    Legal Ethics, Chapter 22, in ICLE, Michigan Basic Practitioner Handbook (6th ed., forthcoming 2022)

    The Presence of Justice: A Call to Expand the Humanitarian Exception in ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(e), 36 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 65 (2022)

    Cristina D. Lockwood, Michigan Legal Research, Fourth Edition (Carolina Academic Press 2021). 

    Lawrence Dubin & Cristina Lockwood, in ICLE, Michigan Basic Practitioner Handbook, Chapter 22 (6th ed., 2021)


    Selected Presentations

    Developing an Inclusive and Culturally Proficient Community Using “Communities of Practice” in Class and Small Breakout Groups, 2021 ALWD Biennial Conference (June 2021)(with Cara Cunningham Warren).

    Interdisciplinary Collaboration:  Weaving the Professional Conduct Rules into the Legal Writing Curriculum, The Central States Area Legal Writing Conference (September 2019).

    Bringing Ethics on Board: Incorporating Ethics into the Legal Writing and Research Curriculum, New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teacher Conference (May 2019).