L. Song Richardson

Interim Dean and Professor of Law

Joint Appointment in Criminology, Law & Society
Faculty Advisory Board, Center on Law, Equality and Race
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy

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Expertise:

Criminal procedure, criminal law, law and social science

Background:

Succeeding Founding Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, L. Song Richardson became interim dean of UCI Law on July 1, 2017. An award-winning teacher and scholar, Interim Dean 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. Her 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. 

Interim Dean 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, she 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. She has been featured in numerous local and national news programs, including “48 Hours.”

Interim Dean 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. She frequently presents her work at academic symposia as well as at non-academic legal conferences. She is a member of the American Law Institute.

Current Courses:
Statutory Analysis
Prior Courses:

Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Law and Social Science, Criminal Law, Race and the Criminal Justice System, Prosecutorial Ethics, Statutory Analysis, Fact Investigation, Constitutional Policing

Recent Publications

Prof. Richardson’s Scholarly Papers on SSRN

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