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About Edward P. Richards

Professor Richards received his undergraduate degree from Rice University, where he studied environmental science, biology, and behavioral science. He did graduate work in molecular physiology and pharmacology at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Michigan before receiving his J.D. from the University of Houston. After law school, he received his M.P.H. in disease control from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He was the Ruby M. Hulen/UMKC Professor of Law at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law before joining the LSU Law Center in 2002.

Professor Richards worked on health and public health policy law for many years, including work on HIV/AIDS, smallpox bioterrorism, and pandemic flu with the public and national security communities, including the CDC and Department of Justice. He is currently researching the impact of climate change on sea level rise and extreme weather events on coastal cities and ecological systems. He has authored more than more than 150 articles and five books. He moderates the Administrative Law Discussion Forum and is active in the national environmental and administrative law academic communities. For more information, see the Climate Change Law and Policy Project Blog and Professor Richards’ personal WWW site:


Present Clarence W. Edwards Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Law Center
Present Director, Climate Change Law and Policy Project; Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Law Center

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - 2015 Chair, AALS Section on Administrative Law
2000 - 2001 Chair, AALS Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care
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Honors and Awards

  • 2001 President's Award, American College of Legal Medicine
  • Chair-elect, American Association of Law School, Health Law Section
  • 1999 Elmer F. Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Missouri
  • 1999 Brenner Faculty Publishing Award, University of Missouri Kansas


  • Administrative Law
  • National Security Law
  • Health Care Tort Law
  • Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Law


1983 M.P.H., University of Texas School of Public Health
1978 J.D., University of Houston
1972 B.A., Rice University

Contact Information

Edward P. Richards
Clarence W. Edwards Professor of Law
Paul M. Hebert Law Center
1 E. Campus Dr.
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office: 426


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