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Florida State University


Business Law Faculty

Our business and tax faculty members are prolific scholars with experience as partners or associates at some of the nation’s top corporate law firms.

Justin T. Sevier

Justin T. Sevier

Assistant Professor

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 304
Phone: 850.644.6596


Ph.D., Psychology, Yale University, expected 2017
M.S. and M.Phil., Yale University, 2013
J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2006
A.B., Cornell University, 2003

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Professor Sevier’s teaching and research interests include the law of evidence, corporate decision making and the role of behavioral science in the legal system.  Before joining the Florida State law faculty in 2015, Professor Sevier served as an associate research scholar at Yale Law School and as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.  His scholarship has been published in law journals—including the Georgetown Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review and the Boston College Law Review—and in peer-reviewed publications, including Psychology, Public Policy and Law.

Professor Sevier clerked for Judge Carlos T. Bea, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and he practiced corporate litigation at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City.  He is a member of the New York State Bar, holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), and holds a Master of Science and Master of Philosophy from Yale University.

Select Recent Publications

Consumers, “Seller-Advisors,” and the Psychology of Trust (with Kelli Alces Williams), 59 B.C. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2018)

Evidentiary Trapdoors
, 103 Iowa L. R. ___ (forthcoming 2018)

Vicarious Windfalls, 102 Iowa L. R. 651 (2017)

Popularizing Hearsay
, 104 Geo. L. J. 643 (2016)

On Hearsay Dragon-Slaying
, 67 Fla. L. Rev. Forum 269 (2016)

Testing Tribe's Triangle: Juries, Hearsay, and Psychological Distance, 103 Geo. L.J. 879 (2015)

Redesigning the Science Court, 73 MD. L. Rev. 770 (2014)

How Do The Courts Create Popular Legitimacy? The Role of Establishing the Truth, Punishing Justly, and/or Acting Through Just Procedures (with Tom R. Tyler), 77 Alb. L. Rev. 1094 (2014)

The Truth-Justice Tradeoff: Perceptions of Decisional Accuracy and Procedural Justice in Adversarial and Inquisitorial Legal Systems
, 20 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y & L. 212 (2014)