Chapin Cimino brings an interdisciplinary approach to her research. Her private law research challenges traditional assumptions about the utilitarian goals of contract, as well as the values best served by contract law. Her work includes explorations of contract law through the lens of Aristotle’s virtue theory and Adam Smith’s theory of moral sentiments, as well as a reconsideration of contract law in light of new empirical data establishing that contractors seeks goals beyond financial gain. She applies a similar interdisciplinary perspective to her public law scholarship, with a focus on virtue and sincerity in the application of the First Amendment and anti-discrimination law.
After receiving her JD with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served on the Law Review, Professor Cimino clerked for Judge Edmund V. Ludwig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. After working in law school for Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York City, she joined Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia as a commercial litigator. She began teaching at Villanova Law School in 2004. In 2006, she joined the Kline School of Law as an inaugural faculty member.
Professor Cimino's publications have appeared in the University of Chicago Law Review, the Oregon Law Review, and the Brigham Young Law Review, among other places. She also wrote the Virtue Jurisprudence chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Virtue.
She continues to bring her legal skills to bear on issues of public concern. She represented a journalist in a high-profile freedom of information lawsuit involving the 2016 Democratic Convention, out of which she wrote an article called "Freeing Speech," forthcoming in Thurgood Marshall Law Review, and published an op-ed in US News exploring dangers to a free press. She also serves as a director on the Wallingford – Swarthmore School Board.