Ruth A. Cross

Headshot of Ruth A. Cross, faculty member at SMU Dedman School of Law.

Director of Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy Program and Clinical Professor of Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy

Full-time faculty


Ruth Cross is the Director of the Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy program and also teaches courses in Texas Pre-Trial Procedure and Texas Trial and Appellate Procedure. She taught legal research and writing as an adjunct at SMU from 1984 until 1999, before joining the faculty on a full-time basis. Prior to SMU, Ms. Cross worked in the Dallas offices of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld and Arter & Hadden as a litigator, with a special emphasis on appellate practice.  Ms. Cross also served as Associate Dean for Administration for the law school from 2008 until 2015. In addition, Ms. Cross has made presentations to various groups regarding legal writing and legal education, including the Legal Netlink Alliance, the U.S. Attorneys Office, The Forensic Group of Dallas, and the Dallas Area Paralegals Association. She has also served as a writing coach for several large law firms.

Area of expertise

  • Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy
  • Civil Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution


B.A., University of Texas at Austin (Plan II, magna cum laude)
J.D., University of Texas School of Law


Texas Pre-Trial Procedure