L. Song Richardson
Professor of Law
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Joint Appointment in Criminology, Law & Society
Faculty Advisory Board, Center on Law, Equality and Race
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy
Criminal procedure, criminal law, law and social science
Professor Richardson’s interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study criminal procedure, criminal law and policing. Currently, she is working on a book that examines the legal and moral implications of mind sciences research on policing and criminal procedure. Professor Richardson’s scholarship has been published by law journals at Yale, Cornell, Northwestern, Southern California, and Minnesota, among others. Her article, “Police Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment” was selected as a “Must Read” by the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Her co-edited book, The Future of Criminal Justice in America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.
Professor Richardson’s legal career has included partnership at a boutique criminal law firm and work as a state and federal public defender in Seattle, Washington. She was also an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Immediately upon graduation from law school, Professor Richardson was a Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellow with the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in Brooklyn, NY. Professor Richardson has been featured in numerous local and national news programs, including “48 Hours.”
Professor Richardson is the 2011 Recipient of the American Association of Law School’s Derrick Bell Award, which recognizes a junior faculty member’s extraordinary contribution to legal education through mentoring, teaching, and scholarship. Richardson frequently presents her work at academic symposia as well as at non-academic legal conferences. She is a member of the American Law Institute.
Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Law and Social Science, Criminal Law, Race and the Criminal Justice System, Prosecutorial Ethics, Statutory Analysis
- Catherine Fisk & L. Song Richardson, Police Unions, 85 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2017).
L. Song Richardson & Rachel Godsil, Racial Anxiety, __ Iowa L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2017).
L. Song Richardson, Systemic Triage: Implicit Racial Bias in the Criminal Courtroom, 126 Yale L.J. 862 (2017).
Tonja Jacobi, L. Song Richardson & Gregory Barr, The Attrition of Rights under Parole, 87 S. Cal. L. Rev. 887 (2014).
L. Song Richardson & Phillip Atiba Goff, Implicit Racial Bias in Public Defender Triage, 122 Yale L.J. 100 (2013).
L. Song Richardson & Phillip Atiba Goff, Self-Defense and the Suspicion Heuristic, 98 Iowa L. Rev. 293 (2012).
L. Song Richardson, Police Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment, 87 Ind. L.J. 1143 (2012).
L. Song Richardson, Arrest Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment, 95 Minn. L. Rev. 2035 (2011).
- Dec. 1, 2016
Speaker, “Habits of the Mind: Implicit Bias in the Workplace,” OC Bar Association
- Nov. 18, 2016
Speaker, “Implicit Bias Basics—What Every Defense Practitioner Needs to Know,” 2016 Federal Death Penalty Strategy Session, Denver, Colorado
- Nov. 15, 2016
Panelist, Implicit Bias presentation for Los Angeles Police Department and Police Commission
- Nov. 8, 2016
Implicit Bias Training for the UCI Police Department
- Nov. 3, 2016
Speaker, “Habits of the Mind: The Influence of Implicit Bias on Judgements,” DECADE Speaker Series, UC Irvine
- Oct. 28, 2016
Panelist, “The Color of Money: The Implications of Race and Ethnicity in Addressing Debt,” National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges annual conference, San Francisco
- Oct. 19, 2016
Speaker, roundtable discussion “Police Killings of African Americans: What’s Law Got to Do With It?” UCLA
- Oct. 7, 2016:
Panelist, Street-Level Policing, Race and Policing Symposium, UC Irvine
- Sept. 15–16, 2016
Speaker, discussing implicit racial bias in the criminal justice system, Annual Western All Star Conference and Confabulation for federal defenders and private criminal defense lawyers, Boise, Idaho
- July 28, 2016
Keynote Speaker, “Promoting Equity for Women Executives,” UCI Chief Executive Roundtable Women’s Forum, Newport Beach
- May 11-12, 2016
Speaker, Scandal in Real Time: A National Conference on Black Women, Politics & Oral History, UC Irvine
- March 4, 2016:
Luncheon speaker, presenting “How Defenders Can Address Implicit Racial Bias,” The Defender Initiative 6th Annual Conference on Public Defense, Seattle University School of Law
- Feb. 27, 2016:
Panelist, “Violence, Trauma and Law,” 2016 West Coast Law and Society Retreat, UC Irvine
- Nov. 20-21, 2015:
Participant, The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America, Duke Law School
- October 24, 2015:
Presenter, “Suspicion Cascades,” Inaugural UC Conference on Social Science and Law, UCI Beckman Center
- June 21, 2014:
Plenary Speaker, “Different Methodologies and Approaches to Scholarship,” AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers, Washington, D.C.
- May 7, 2014:
Plenary Speaker, “The Public Defender’s Duty to Address Racial Inequities in the Criminal Justice System,” 2014 Spring Public Defender Attorney and Investigator Conference, Wilmington, NC
- April 26, 2014:
Panelist, “Interdisciplinary Explorations of Identity, Crime & Punishment,” The Interplay of Race, Gender, Class, Crime and Justice Symposium, UC Irvine Center on Law, Equality and Race
- April 5, 2014:
Panelist, “The Dangers of Discretion in Criminal Justice,” Re-Envisioning Race in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era: New Approaches in Critical Race Theory Conference, Yale Law School
- Jan. 24, 2014:
Panelist, “Testing the Boundaries of the Adversarial Contest,” Criminal Justice Colloquium, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
- Yale Law Journal: Prof. Richardson's book review featured
- The Washington Post: Dean Chemerinsky and 17 UCI Law professors among more than 1,200 law school faculty nationwide opposing nomination of Sessions as Attorney General
- Vox: Prof. Richardson quoted on culture of policing: “People are cops first, and they’re their race second”
- ABA Hidden Injustice Video Series: Prof. Richardson speaks about implicit bias in “Hidden Injustice: Toward a Better Defense
- ABA Hidden Injustice Video Series: Prof. Richardson speaks about unconscious bias in “Hidden Injustice: The Prosecutor’s Paradox”