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Cortney E. Lollar

James and Mary Lassiter Associate Professor of Law

Room 249 College of Law

(859) 257-3250


Professor Cortney Lollar is the James and Mary Lassiter Associate Professor of Law. Professor Lollar teaches and researches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence, with a particular focus on the intersections among criminal law, remedies, race, gender, sexuality, and social science. Her work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court as well as other federal and state courts.
Professor Lollar's expertise in criminal law and procedure have led to her invited testimony before the Department of Defense Judicial Proceedings Panel on sexual assault in the military and Chief Justice Roberts's Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act Program (also known as the Cardone Commission). She has provided argument preview and case analysis for SCOTUSBlog, and been quoted by major media outlets, such as the New York Times, Al-Jazeera America and People magazine. Professor Lollar's publications have appeared in top scholarly journals, including the Virginia Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, and Alabama Law Review, among others.

Prior to joining the faculty of law at University of Kentucky in 2013, Professor Lollar was a clinical faculty fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, where she taught the Criminal Justice Clinic. She previously represented adult and juvenile defendants at the trial and appellate level at the Federal Defender Program in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She has served as a legal consultant in India for the Initiative for Medicines, Access, and Knowledge, and a research assistant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.
Professor Lollar received her B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Law and Social Change.



  • B.A., magna cum laude, Brown University (1997)
  • J.D., New York University (2002)


  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Restitution / Compensation
  • Sex Crimes
  • Evidence

Books & Book Chapters

  • Evidence: Teaching Materials for an Age of Science and Statutes (9th ed., forthcoming), with Ronald Carlson, Edward Imwinkelried & Julie Seaman. 
  • Feminist Judgments: Criminal Law (forthcoming 2021)(rewriting McQuirter v. State opinion). 

Scholarly Articles

Scholarship is available for download at Cortney E. Lollar's SelectedWorks page.

  • Invoking Criminal Equity’s Roots, 107 Va. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2021). 
  • Eliminating the Criminal Debt Exception to Debtors’ Prisons, 98 N.C. L. Rev. 427 (2020).
  • Reviving Criminal Equity, 71 Ala. L. Rev. 311 (2019). 
  • Criminalizing (Poor) Fatherhood, 70 Ala. L. Rev. 125 (2018). 
  • Criminalizing Pregnancy, 92 Ind. L.J. 947 (2017).
  • Punitive Compensation, 51 Tulsa L. Rev. 99 (2015).
  • What is Criminal Restitution?, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 93 (2014).
  • Getting Jurors to Awesome, 103 Ky. L.J. Online (2014),
  • Child Pornography and the Restitution Revolution, 103 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 343 (2013).

Popular Media

  • Kentucky Criminal Law Experts Call for Reform, 78 Bench & B. 26 (Jan. 2014).

University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law Professor Cortney E. Lollar recently authored an opinion piece, "Pardons show Matt Bevin’s compassion. These people are more than their crimes," published in The Courier-Journal on Dec. 16. 

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July 5, 2017

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees recently approved promotions and/or tenure for five UK Law faculty members: Tina M. Brooks, Kristin J. Hazelwood, Diane B. Kraft, Cortney E. Lollar, and Franklin L. Runge.

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June 13, 2017

On Wednesday, May 17, the University of Kentucky College of Law held its sixth annual Developing Ideas Conference. Untenured and recently tenured faculty from across the nation were able to gather and share their developing ideas for scholarship in an informal, supportive, and engaging environment – just before diving into summer research.

Richard C. Ausness, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Professor of Law at UK Law, spearheaded the 2017 conference.

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March 22, 2017

On Monday, March 6, the University of Kentucky College of Law hosted a conference entitled, “In re Gault: 50 Years Later,” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark United States Supreme Court decision In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967). The event took place in the UK Law Courtroom and was open to the public.

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August 3, 2016
By: Whitney Harder

University of Kentucky College of Law faculty and staff are sharing their expertise with legal educators across the country at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference this week. The conference, held in Amelia Island, Florida, runs until Aug. 9.

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April 29, 2016

Over the last few months, UK Law students have lived and breathed StreetLaw – a brand-new student organization at the University of Kentucky College of Law dedicated to teaching high school students and members of the Lexington community about law and the legal system.

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March 16, 2016

The UK College of Law Women’s Law Caucus hosted its annual Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, March 9, at the Hilary J. Boone Center to honor Jane H. Allen and Cortney Lollar for their outstanding contributions as women in the law.

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For those who attended the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Convention you probably saw some familiar faces. Several professors from UK Law presented at the convention and shared their expertise with fellow lawyers. The professors involved and presentations given include:

Allison Connelly: Accommodating Transgender Students in Public Schools; Ferguson, Race and the Law

Josh Douglas: Securing the Right to Vote: The 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Current Developments in Election Law

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developing ideas conference

On Wednesday, May 19, the University of Kentucky College of Law held its fifth annual Developing Ideas Conference.  Richard Ausness, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Professor of Law at UK College of Law, spearheaded the 2015 Conference.

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By Whitney Harder

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Law Cortney Lollar testified before the Department of Defense’s Judicial Proceedings Panel in Washington, D.C. on March 13. The Department of Defense established the Judicial Proceedings Panel to conduct an independent review and assessment of judicial proceedings conducted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice involving adult sexual assault and related offenses.

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The University of Kentucky College of Law welcomes four new faculty starting this fall. Marianna Jackson Clay, Visiting Professor of Law; Jane Bloom Grisé, Director of Academic Success and Professor of Legal Writing; Cortney Lollar, Assistant Professor of Law; and Collin Schueler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law.

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