Christina M. Frohock

Professor of Legal Writing & Lecturer in Law

J.D., New York University School of Law
M.A., University of Michigan
B.A., University of North Carolina

Phone: (305)284-2329
Office: C419

Professor Frohock earned her B.A. with Honors in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina and her M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. She earned her J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and won the graduation award for excellence in Constitutional Law. She then joined Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City as a litigation attorney. After moving to Miami, she practiced litigation at both White & Case LLP and Kenny Nachwalter, P.A.

As a member of the Miami Law faculty, she teaches Legal Communication and Research Skills and upper-level courses on Guantánamo legal issues and advanced writing techniques. She recently published a book, Small-Town GTMO, that analyzes the legality of the Guantánamo naval station and describes her experiences on the base. Before joining Miami Law, she taught Constitutional Law at the University of Miami and advanced legal research and writing at Florida International University College of Law.

Professor Frohock is also actively involved in the community. She has presented legal writing training webinars to the Florida Department of Children and Families. She helped found the Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court, administered by the Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, and served as an Inn officer for many years. She belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Legal Writing Institute.

She is admitted to practice law in Florida, New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Southern District of New York, and Eastern District of New York, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


Exactly What They Asked For: Linking Harm and Intent in Wire Fraud Prosecutions, with Marcos Jiménez, 74 U. Miami L. Rev. 1037 (2020).

The Law as Uncopyrightable: Merging Idea and Expression Within the Eleventh Circuit’s Analysis of “Law-Like” Writing, 73 U. Miami L. Rev. 1269 (2019).

Habeas Won and Lost: The Eleventh Circuit’s Narrow View of State Court Judgments, 72 U. Miami L. Rev. 1175 (2018).

SOURCE ALERT: Why Hasn’t Obama Closed the Guantánamo Detention Center?, with Catharine Skipp, (2016).

Guantánamo Journal: A Visit to the Cuba Border, CABA Briefs (2016).

Small-Town GTMO: The Layers of Estate, Sovereignty, and Soil in U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Carolina Academic Press, (2016).

Sentence Structure: Prohibiting “Second or Successive” Habeas Petitions After Patterson v. Secretary, 70 University of Miami Law Review (2016).

The Cuban Rafter Crisis Revisited, CABA Briefs 16 (2015).

Military Justice as Justice: Fitting Confrontation Clause Jurisprudence into Military Commissions, 48 New Eng. L. Rev. 255 (2014).

Guantánamo Military Commissions: “Judicial Approval and Guidance”, 2 Miami L. Mag. 25 (2013).

Tech Savvy and Practice Ready: Social Media Guidance for Current and Future Legal Practitioners, The Bencher (2013).

The Eyes of the World: Charges, Challenges, and Guantánamo Military Commissions After "Hamdan II", 3 U. Miami Nat'l Security & Armed Conflict L. Rev. 7 (2013).

“Brisas del Mar”: Judicial and Political Outcomes of the Cuban Rafter Crisis in Guantánamo, 15 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 39 (2012).

Special Matters: Filtering Privileged Materials in Federal Prosecutions (forthcoming), American Journal of Criminal Law.

 Media Appearances

Internet: Cuba and the Caribbean, a University of Miami Special Report October 10 2017

Radio: WLRN: Latin America Report January 10 2017

Radio: WAMC: The Academic Minute January 9 2017

Newspaper: Independent Journal Review: Legal Restrictions So Tough for Moving Detainees to US It Would Take ‘a Hurricane Destroying Gitmo’ July 28 2015

TV: Al Jazeera America: Nightly News February 19 2014

TV: Al Jazeera America: Nightly News December 20 2013

Newspaper: Miami Herald: Rights in Guantánamo December 5 2012

 Presentations & Awards

A Primer on Legal Writing for Florida Department of Children & Families: CLS (December 9, 2020)

A Primer on Legal Writing for Department of Children & Families: CLS (December 9, 2020)

A Primer on Legal Writing for Florida Department of Children & Families: GC (December 10, 2020)

A Primer on Legal Writing for Department of Children & Families: GC (December 10, 2020)

Leadership in Legal Journalism and Writing (May 18, 2017)

The Future of Cuba Relations (March 31, 2017)

Small-Town GTMO: Q&A with Author (February 16, 2017)

Small-Town GTMO (April 26, 2017)

Legal Scholarship (January 22, 2015)

CABA v. Christopher: Twentieth Anniversary of the Guantánamo Refugees Litigation (February 16, 2015)

Guantánamo Public Memory Project (September 29, 2014)

Upper-Level Writing Electives: A New Paradigm (December 6, 2014)

LRW1: It’s More Than a Memo (December 6, 2014)

Don’t Quote Me: Incorporating One’s Own Scholarship in the Classroom (March 1, 2013)

Technology in the Law (February 11, 2013)

Guantánamo Military Commissions: Judicial Approval and Guidance in Hamdan II (April 4, 2013)

Guantánamo, Military Commissions, and the Imperative of Transparency (November 19, 2012)

“Why Am I Just Learning This Now?” Teaching Grammar To Reinforce the Writing Aspect of Legal Writing (May 31, 2012)

Write It Up: Dissolving the Distinction Between Legal Substance and Legal Writing (March 29, 2012)

Legal and Historical Perspectives on the Cuban Rafter Crisis in Guantánamo (November 29, 2011)

CREAC from Classroom to Courtroom: Using Judicial Opinions To Teach Written Legal Analysis (May 13, 2011)

Phone: (305)284-2329
Office: C419
Faculty Assistant

Amador, Clarita

Phone: (305) 284-4241
Office: G287

Area of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal Philosophy and Theory
  • Legal Writing

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