Justin T. Sevier

Justin Sevier

Justin T. Sevier

Charles W. Ehrhardt Professor of Litigation
Contact Information

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

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 leading law journals—including the Georgetown Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, 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.

Professor Sevier is the recipient of The Open Door Faculty Teaching Award, awarded to one professor at the College of Law annually, and a University Teaching Award, awarded annually to eight professors across the University. He teaches courses on evidence, torts, closely-held businesses, behavioral law and economics, and the American jury.

Select Recent Publications

Legitimizing Character Evidence, 68 Emory L. J. ___ (forthcoming 2019)

Consumers, “Seller-Advisors,” and the Psychology of Trust (with Kelli Alces Williams), 59 B.C. L. Rev. 931 (2018) 

Evidentiary Trapdoors, 103 Iowa L. R. 1155 (2018)

Vicarious Windfalls102 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)