Shari Sarah Motro was born in New York and grew up in Herzliya. She studied philosophy at Yale and law at NYU. Motro practiced law at Davis Polk and Wardwell before joining the faculty of the University of Richmond School of Law in 2005. She also taught at Yale College, University of Fribourg, and Georgetown University. While she remains affiliated with the University of Richmond, Motro now lives in Jerusalem. Her writing bridges cultures and religions in and through Jerusalem.