Professor of Legal Research
Head of Collections, Legal Information Center
Christopher Vallandingham is Head of Collections and Professor of Legal Research in the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Legal Information Center. He has worked at UF Law since 2000, with expertise in military law, intelligence law, and Florida territorial law. Since 2010, Vallandingham has served as a reserve officer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His current rank is Major and he serves as a legal advisor to Task Force 76, which is a U.S. Army Reserve task force which responds to attacks upon the United States using weapons of mass destruction. He is currently the Chair of the Florida Bar’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee. He previously served as an Arabic linguist in U.S. Army intelligence units. He was the co-founder and president of the International Intelligence Ethics Association and the co-founder of the International Journal of Intelligence Ethics. He taught for two years in a high school in Cairo, Egypt. Vallandingham has numerous published works including entries, books chapters, articles, book reviews and case histories. His work contains: the report “Combatting Targeted Disinformation Campaigns (Department of Homeland Security, 2019); the chapter “Territorial Courts” in Florida’s Other Courts: Uncommon Law in the Sunshine State (University Press of Florida, 2018); multiple entries in the two-volume The Central Intelligence Agency: An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies (ABC-CLIO, 2015), the chapter “Tracking Down Legal Sources on Prestatehood Florida” in Prestatehood Legal Materials: A Fifty-State Research Guide (Haworth Information Press, 2005) and “The Ethics of Spying: A Review of the Literature” in the Defense Intelligence Journal. He earned his J.D. degree from UF Law.
J.D., University of Florida
M.S., Florida State University
B.A., University of South Florida
Teaching and Scholarship
Legal Research, National Security Law
- University of Florida: Joined the Legal Information Center in 2001 as Assistant University Librarian; Associate University Librarian with tenure since July 2008; Head of Collections, since 2013; Head of Instruction, 2012-2013
- Other Work Experience: Judge Advocate, United States Army Reserve, 2010-present, Current role: Legal Advisor, Task Force 76, 76th Operational Response Command. Current rank is Major.
- Professional Affiliations: Florida Bar; American Association of Law Libraries; American Bar Association; Florida Supreme Court Historical Society; Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
- Professional Committees: Chair, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, The Florida Bar, 2020-present; Vice Chair, National Security Committee, International Law Section, American Bar Association, 2016-present; Board of Trustees, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, 2017-present; Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2017-present; Member, Editorial Board, The Florida Bar Journal/News, 2018-present; President, International Intelligence Ethics Association, 2008-2013; Co-founder, International Journal of Intelligence Ethics; President, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, North Florida Chapter, 2006-2008.
- The Central Intelligence Agency: An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies (ABC-CLIO, 2015) (Contributed the following entries: Hughes-Ryan Amendment, Legal Restrictions of the Central Intelligence Agency, The Central Intelligence Agency Information Act of 1984, Deutch Rules, Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, and The Kirkpatrick Report).
- Territorial Courts in FLORIDA’S OTHER COURT 43-76 9Robert M. Jarvis, ed. University Press of Florida, 2018).
- Tracking Down Legal Sources on Prestatehood Florida in PRESTATEHOOD LEGAL MATERIALS: A FIFTY-STATE RESEARCH GUIDE 249-275 (Michael Chiorazzi, Marquerite Most, eds., Haworth Information Press, 2005).
- U.S.-Turkey Relations Continue to Deteriorate, 54 ABA/SIL YIR 440 (2020).
- Drones: Use in International Military Operations, 52 ABA/SIL YIR 475 (2018).
- The Ethics of Spying: A Review of the Literature, 16 DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE JOURNAL, no. 1, 121-133 (2007).
- Propagating the Species: Will Librarians Go the Way of the Dodo Bird?, 7 AALL SPECTRUM, no. 5, 16-20, 32 (2003).
- E-Reference Services Program Weighs the Pros and Cons of the 24/7 Connection, 7 AALL SPECTRUM , no. 1, 12, 27 (2002).
- Kenneth Burton Thomson, A Case of Treason, Vol. 93 Fla. B.J. 58 (2019).
- Antoon De Baets, Censorship of Historical Thought: A World Guide, 1945-2000, 95 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL,, no. 1, 104-106 (2003).
- Jane Kelsey, International Economic Regulation, 22 LEGAL INFORMATION ALERT, no. 4, 13-14. (2003).
- Pauline Sadler, National Security and the D-Notice System, 21 LEGAL INFORMATION ALERT, no. 8, 12, 14, (2002).
- Louis T.M. Conti, Florida Limited Liability Company: Forms and Practice Manual, 21 LEGAL INFORMATION ALERT, no. 7, 14-15 (2002).
- Dean Tong, Elusive Innocence: Survival Guide for the Falsely Accused, 21 LEGAL INFORMATION ALERT, no. 6, 15-16 (2002).
- Combatting Targeted Disinformation Campaigns: A whole-of-society issue, 2019 PUBLIC-PRIVATE ANALYTIC EXCHANGE PROGRAM, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security (2019).
- Incapacitation of a False Defector from a Terrorist Organization, THE CASE HISTORY DIALOGUE BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE PRACTITIONERS AND CIVIC ASSOCIATES: A PRIVATE-ACCESS DIALOGUE FOR THE INTELLIGENCE ETHICS EDUCATION INITIATIVE (2005) This commentary was archived with identifying information in The Intelligence Ethics Collection at the Hoover Institution Archives, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University.
- Deception in Prosecution of a Spy, THE CASE HISTORY DIALOGUE BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE PRACTITIONERS AND CIVIC ASSOCIATES: A PRIVATEACCESS DIALOGUE FOR THE INTELLIGENCE ETHICS EDUCATION INITIATIVE (2004). This commentary was archived with identifying information in The Intelligence Ethics Collection at the Hoover Institution Archives, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University.