L. Song Richardson

Professor of Law

BA, Harvard College
JD, Yale Law School

Professor Richardson joined the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law in 2012.  She received her BA from Harvard College and her JD from The Yale Law School.

Professor Richardson’s current research uses the science of implicit social cognition 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.  She is also co-editing a book titled The Future of Criminal Justice in America that will be published by Cambridge University Press.  Professor Richardson’s scholarship has been published by law journals at Cornell University, the University of California, Duke, Iowa, Northwestern University, the University of Minnesota, and Indiana (Bloomington), among others.  

Her 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, Professor 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.

Professor Richardson has been featured in numerous local and national news programs, including 48 Hours.  She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Law and Social Science.