Neil Richards

Faculty-Neil Ricards

Neil Richards

Professor of Law


B.A. w/special honors, 1994, George Washington University
J.D., 1997, University of Virginia
M.A. (legal history), 1997, University of Virginia

Curriculum Vitae





Rachel Mance - (314) 935-6403

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-4794


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 578

Courses Taught

Speech, Press & the Constitution
Information Privacy Law
First Amendment Theory
Individual Rights and the Constitution


Neil Richards is an internationally-recognized expert in the fields of privacy, First Amendment, and information law. His recent work explores the complex relationships between free speech and privacy in cyberspace. Professor Richards’ articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Georgetown Law Journal. His book, Intellectual Privacy, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Professor Richards also co-directs both the Washington University-Cambridge University International Privacy Law Conference and the Washington University Free Speech Conference

Professor Richards is a recipient of the Washington University student body’s David M. Becker Professor of the Year Award. Prior to joining the law faculty in 2003, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. with Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering, where he specialized in appellate litigation and privacy law. He is also a former law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, and Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. More recently, he successfully represented a St. Louis fantasy sports company in high-profile litigation against Major League Baseball. He was the inaugural Hugo Black Fellow at the University of Alabama Law School and a Temple Bar Fellow with the Inns of Court in London.

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