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.
These interests find additional expression in Professor Cimino's commitment to contemplative lawyering. A longtime mindfulness practitioner, Professor Cimino has been trained to teach mindfulness to lawyers by Warrior One, LLC, in San Francisco. She shares what she has learned with Kline Law students in a course she developed called Contemplative Lawyering, as well as at weekly drop-in meditation sessions for the law school community.
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," published in Thurgood Marshall Law Review, and published an op-ed in US News exploring dangers to a free press. She also serves on the Wallingford – Swarthmore Board of School Directors. She is currently giving pro bono legal assistance to a homeless person who approached her at the local county library in November, 2019. The representation concerns a contract.