L. Song Richardson

Dean and Chancellor's Professor of Law

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

L. Song Richardson


Criminal procedure, criminal law, law and social science


L. Song Richardson is the Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law with joint appointments in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Asian American Studies. She received her AB from Harvard College and her JD from Yale Law School. Her interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study decision-making and judgment in a variety of contexts. Her scholarship has been published by law journals at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke and Northwestern, 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 Constitution and the Future of Criminal Justice in America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. She is a co-editor of Criminal Procedure, Cases and Materials published by West Academic Publishing. Currently, she is working on a book that examines the history of race in the U.S. and its implications for law and policy. 

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, Dean 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. A leading expert on implicit racial and gender bias, Richardson is frequently invited to speak to law firms, district attorney and public defender offices, police departments, universities, judges, bar associations, and private industry across the nation about the science of implicit bias and its influence on decisions, perceptions, and judgments. She also presents her work at academic symposia and non-academic legal conferences.

She has won numerous awards and recognitions, including the American Association of Law School’s Derrick Bell Award, which recognizes a faculty member’s extraordinary contributions to legal education through mentoring, teaching, and scholarship. She was recently named one of the Top Women Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal, one of the 100 Most Influential business and opinion shapers in Orange County, and one of the two most influential Korean Americans in OC.

Dean Richardson is a member of the American Law Institute. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools, an association whose goal is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education, including promoting the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve local, national and international communities.

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, Community Scholars Program: Experiential Legal Technology

Prof. Richardson’s Scholarly Papers on SSRN

  • Nov. 1, 2019:
    Featured Speaker, Empower Summit, Washington, DC
  • Sept. 27, 2019:
    Keynote Speaker, 2019 LACBA Diversity & Inclusion Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • Aug. 29, 2019:
    Panelist, Inspirational Women Panel, Asian Business Association of Orange County BizCon, Garden Grove, CA
  • Aug. 16, 2019:
    Panelist, "Race, Law and the Mind Sciences: The Many Implications of Implicit Bias," American Bar Foundation Fellows CLE research seminar, San Francisco, CA
  • July 23, 2019:
    Moderator, “Panel on Millennials,” 9th Cir. Judicial Conference, Spokane, WA
  • July 19, 2019:
    Panel Participant, “Dean’s Panel,” Women’s Leadership in Academia, University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA
  • May 28-31, 2019: 
    Speaker, AI and Bias, AI for Good Global Summit, Geneva, Switzerland
  • May 25, 2019: 
    Speaker, 8th Cir. Judicial Conference, Hot Springs, AR
  • May 17, 2019: 
    Keynote Speaker, Implicit Bias, California Bankruptcy Court, Rancho Mirage, CA
  • May 10, 2019: 
    Keynote Speaker, “Advancing Diversity and Gender Equality in the Workplace,” Voice for Girls 2019, Girl Scouts OC, Newport Beach, CA
  • May 7, 2019: 
    Speaker, Implicit Bias, 5th Cir. Judicial Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • April 17, 2019: 
    Speaker, “Unconscious Bias and Equity in the Courtroom,” for Federal Judicial Center’s Court Webcast
  • April 16, 2019: 
    Fireside Chat, California ChangeLawyers Leadership Summit, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutfcliffe Offices, Irvine, CA
  • April 10, 2019: 
    Special Remarks, Korean-American Bar Association Installation Dinner, Los Angeles, CA
  • April 4, 2019:
    Presenter, “Colloquium on Implicit Bias,” UC Irvine Department of Physics and Astronomy, Irvine, CA
  • April 1, 2019:
    Roundtable Participant, “Program on Race, Gender & Policing,” University of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
  • March 18, 2019:
    Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law L. Song Richardson, Featured Speaker, Faculty Dinner, USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute, Pacific Palisades, CA
  • March 7, 2019: 
    Panelist, “Changing our World through Impactful Research,” UCI Foundation Retreat, The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, CA
  • March 2, 2019: 
    Dean Participant, Panel moderated by President Napolitano, UCOP Public Interest Conference, Berkeley Law, Berkeley, CA
  • Feb. 28, 2019:
    Speaker, Breakfast Presentation for the Pacific Club Board of Directors, The Pacific Club, Newport Beach, CA
  • Feb. 18, 2019: 
    Speaker, CLE Lecture on Unconscious Bias, Federal Bar Council Winter Retreat, Maui, HI
  • Feb. 12, 2019:
    Featured Speaker, “Innovation, Creativity and the Brain,” Twilight Seminar Series, Bond University, Queensland, Australia
  • Feb. 9, 2019: 
    Panel Participant, New Leaders of UCI, UCI Reunion Weekend, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • Jan. 28, 2019: 
    Speaker,The Enduring Legacy of Racial Bias: Past, Present and Future, 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, TN
  • Jan. 24, 2019: 
    Moderator, Cornel West and Robert George: Civil Discourse Today, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • Jan. 5, 2019: 
    Speaker, Plenary Session, 2019 AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Jan. 4, 2019: 
    Facilitator, Small Group Discussion - After "Before the JD" - What to Do with the Report?, 2019 AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Jan. 3, 2019: 
    Speaker, Law and Technology, Live with Kellye & Ken, 2019 AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Oct. 19, 2018
    Panelist, “Pragmatics: The First 100 Days and Beyond,” the Provost’s Leadership Academy, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA 
  • Oct. 10, 2018
    Speaker, “What Matters to Me and Why” series, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • Sept. 27, 2018
    Speaker, “Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities” Conference, SaintA, Milwaukee, WI
  • Sept. 20, 2018
    Keynote Speaker, Beckman Coulter Diagnostics “Excellence in Innovation” Banquet, Huntington Beach, CA
  • Sept. 15, 2018: 
    Commentator, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” Brennan Center’s Jorde Symposium, Berkeley Law, Berkeley, CA
  • Sept. 12, 2018:
    Guest of Honor and Featured Speaker, Global Women’s Initiative of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Newport Beach, CA
  • April 30, 2018:
    Speaker, Greater Washington State Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Annual Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • April 27, 2018:
    Guest Speaker, Implicit Bias, Heart of American Sentencing Guidelines Conference, Kansas City, KS
  • March 29, 2018:
    Speaker, UCI Korean American Leadership, UCI Korean American Alumni Chapter, Buena Park, CA
  • March 24, 2018:
    Speaker, "Implicit Bias and the Myth of Color Blind Justice," Innocence Network Conference, Memphis, TN
  • March 15, 2018:
    Speaker, "Implicit Bias," 18th Annual Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
  • March 6, 2018:
    Featured Speaker, "Implicit Bias - Habits of the Mind: The Complexities of Managing a Legal Practice," Orange County Association of Legal Administrators Law Firm Leadership Forum March 2018, Newport Beach, CA
  • Jan. 17, 2018:
    Presenter, "Implicit Bias in the Legal System: An Assessment and Recommendations," Judge William A. Ingram Memorial Symposium, Santa Clara University, CA
  • Jan. 16, 2018:
    Speaker, "Recognition and Elimination of Bias MCLE: Understanding - and Attempting to Address - Implicit Bias in the Workplace," Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law 2018 Elimination of Bias MCLE, Newport Beach, CA
  • Jan. 6, 2018:
    Speaker, "Terry at Fifty: On the Books and On the Ground," AALS Annual Meeting 2018, San Diego, CA
  • Jan. 3, 2018:
    Discussion Group Participant, "Access to Justice in the Age of Technology, Television, and Trump," AALS Annual Meeting 2018, San Diego, CA
  • July 19, 2017:
    Welcome speaker, Expanding Perspectives on Gender Equality conference, UCI Newkirk Alumni Center
  • July 10, 2017:
    Panelist, “Why We Can’t Breathe: Police Violence Against People of Color in Urban America and the Distorting Prism of Race,” 35th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Charles University, Prague
  • Elected to AALS Executive Committee (January 2019)
  • Recipient of the "Be The Change" Legal Excellence Award at the 2nd Annual Diversity & Inclusion Unity in Service Celebration
  • Named Among Top Women Lawyers in California for 2018 – Daily Journal
  • Nominated for Women of the Year award – Orange County Business Journal
  • Featured as one of OC Weekly’s "OC People of 2018" – OC Weekly
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, UCI BLSA
  • 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
  • Member, American Law Institute