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


Succeeding Founding Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, L. Song Richardson became dean of UCI Law, effective Jan. 1, 2018. She previously served as interim dean. An award-winning teacher and scholar, 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 Constitution and the Future of Criminal Justice in America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.

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.”

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. In January 2019, she was elected to the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools. She is also a member of the American Law Institute and the Council of Korean Americans. 

Current Courses:

Community Scholars Program: Experiential Legal Technology

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

Prof. Richardson’s Scholarly Papers on SSRN

  • 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