Victor D. Quintanilla

Victor D. Quintanilla

Associate Professor of Law; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center 2004
  • M.P.A., University of Texas at Austin 2001
  • B.B.A, University of Texas at Austin 2001
  • Joined the Maurer School of Law faculty in 2012
  • Research focuses on judicial decision-making and jurisprudence viewed through the lens of social psychology
  • Was previously a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and an associate at Sidley Austin LLP
  • Graduated magna cum laude and elected to Order of the Coif at Georgetown University Law Center

Victor D. Quintanilla is an associate professor of law at the Maurer School of Law and an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He joined the Maurer School of Law faculty in 2012. His research investigates access-to-justice, civil processes, legal decision-making, and civil rights jurisprudence by drawing on theory and methods within the field of social psychology.  He examines how accounts of human behavior based upon psychological science compare and contrast with assumptions about human behavior embedded within the law.

Quintanilla's current empirical projects involve several psychological phenomena, including implicit social cognition, lay theories of discrimination, empathy, emotions, procedural justice, and explore issues of race, gender, discrimination, and access to justice. At Indiana Law, he teaches civil procedure, advanced civil procedure, and law and social psychology. 

Quintanilla has presented his interdisciplinary research at a variety of academic conferences, including the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Conference for Empirical Legal Studies (CELS), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Law & Society Association (LSA). 

Before joining the law school, Quintanilla served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; an associate of Sidley Austin LLP; a staff law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a law clerk to the Honorable Peter J. Messitte of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

During the 2015-16 academic year, he is serving as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Selected Works