Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Visiting Faculty and Faculty in Residence

Cristina C Tilley

Title/s: Distinguished Scholar in Residence

Specialty Area: Conflict of Laws, Torts, Media Law

Office #: Corboy 1315

Phone: 312.915.7897

E-mail: ctilley@luc.edu

CV Link: tilley 2015 cv.docx


Professor Tilley has been teaching at Loyola since 2013.  Her research focuses on identification and navigation of the boundary between private and public law, with particular emphasis on the optimal treatment of speech and speech injuries.  She has been a frequent source in national media coverage of injuries associated with cyberspeech.  In addition, Professor Tilley has studied the claim that cameras in the courtroom serve a public education function.  Her work appears in such publications as the Yale Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.  Professor Tilley teaches Torts, Contracts, Conflicts, Remedies, and Media Law.  In addition, she has developed the school’s Legal Interviewing curriculum.

Professor Tilley graduated from Northwestern University Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review and went on to teach as a Visiting Assistant Professor.  She clerked for Judge Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  She was a member of the Appellate Litigation Group at Mayer Brown, where she worked extensively on asbestos litigation, securities class action issues, and First Amendment matters.  Prior to her legal career, she was a news reporter, specializing in business and legal affairs at United Press International and other publications.


B.S.J. Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
J.D. cum laude, Northwestern University

Selected Publications

Cristina Tilley SSRN Page

Tort Law Inside Out, 126 Yale Law Journal ___ (forthcoming 2017).

Tort, Speech, and the Dubious Alchemy of State Action, 17 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 1117 (2015)

I am a Camera:  Scrutinizing the Assumption that Cameras in the Courtroom Furnish Value by Operating as a Proxy for the Public, 16 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 697 (2013)

Rescuing Dignitary Torts from the Constitution, 78 Brooklyn Law Review 65 (2012)

Reviving Slander, 2011 Utah Law Review 1025 (2011)

A Feminist Repudiation of the Rape Shield Laws, 51 Drake Law Review 45 (2002)

A “Persona Test” for Newsgathering Privilege,93 Northwestern University Law Review 1287 (1999)

Recent Presentations

Tort Law Inside Out, Yale Law Journal Reading Group, September 2016

Anti-Social Media, American Constitution Society, Northern Illinois University School of Law, March 2016

Constructing Community Through Tort, American Bar Foundation, March 2015

Constructing Community Through Tort, Northwestern University School of Law Legal Scholarship Workshop

I am a Camera:  Scrutinizing the Assumption that Cameras in the Courtroom Furnish Value by Operating as a Proxy for the Public, Midwest Political Science Association, April 2014

Tort Rights, Speech Rights, and the Fulcrum of State Action, Loyola University Chicago Constitutional Law Colloquium, November 2013