Victor D. Quintanilla

Victor D. Quintanilla

Professor of Law; Co-Director, Center for Law, Society & Culture; 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 the co-director of the Law School's Center for Law, Society & Culture, professor of law, and an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Quintanilla’s research investigates access to justice, civil justice, and legal education by drawing on theory and methods within the field of psychological science, including experiments conducted with judges, lawyers, law students, and members of the public. He is currently serving as the principal investigator for a research line that seeks to design interventions to nourish the value of access to justice, collaborative problem-solving, and service among law students; a second research line that seeks to design interventions that promote productive mindsets, diversity, and enhance performance on the LSAT, bar exam, and within law schools; and a third research line that seeks to conduct Indiana's statewide legal needs and legal aid system scan. Quintanilla is developing an interdisciplinary approach to improve and innovate the delivery of legal services known as human-centered access-to-justice design. He served as a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2015-2016). He has presented his research at a variety of academic conferences, including the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues,  the Conference for Empirical Legal Studies, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Law and Society Association. 

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.

In the media
Selected Works
  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination
  • Law and Social Psychology
  • Judicial Decision-Making