Wendy Collins Perdue
Dean, University of Richmond School of Law
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Civil Procedure Conflict of Laws

Dean Wendy Collins Perdue’s scholarship spans a number of areas including civil procedure, conflict of laws, land use and public health. Her publications include two case books and numerous articles and book chapters, and her scholarship has appeared in the Virginia Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Washington Law Review, and the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, among other venues. Before joining the Law School as Dean in 2011, she was an Associate Dean and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. A recognized leader in legal education, Dean Perdue is a former Vice President of Order of the Coif, the legal education honor society, and has held a number of positions within the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), including chair of its membership review committee, chair of the sections on civil procedure and conflict of laws, and membership on the nominations committee and section on legal education. Dean Perdue has also served on the Duke Law School board of visitors and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Education.

"Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership" Conference, Seattle University Law School (Sept. 2014).
Sustainable Communities, Environmental Law and Public Health Conference, Univesity of Michigan (September 2013)
Deaning in the "New Normal", AALS Annual Meeting (January 2013)
JDPlus: Scholars to Dollars, Transitioning Law School Grads into Proficient, Productive and Profitable Lawyers, Virginia Bar Association (January 2013)
Address to the National Association of Women Judges (July 2012)
Address to the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys (July 2012)
Address to the Richmond Bar Association (January 2012)
Personal Jurisdiction for the Twenty-First Century, South Carolina Law Review Symposium (October 2011)
Virginia Bar Association Board of Govenors (2013-present)
AALS Executive Committee (2013-present)
Order of the Coif, Vice President (2009- 2011, Executive Committee (2006-2009)
AALS Section on Conflict of Laws, Chair (2008)
AALS Nominations Committee (2005)
Lexis/Nexis, Law School Publications Advisory Board (2005-2007)
AALS Membership Review Committee, Chair (2002-2004)
ABA Section on Legal Education, Committee on Law School Administration (2002-2004)
Editorial Board, Journal of Legal Education (2001 - 2004)
AALS Section on Civil Procedure, Chair (2000), Executive Committee (1999-2001)
Duke Law School Board of Visitors
Professional Experience
Dean & Professor of Law (2011-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (2005-11)
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
Associate Dean for the J.D. Program (1999-2004, 2010-11)
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
Associate Dean for Research (1998-99)
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
Vice-Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board (1998-2007)
Montgomery County, Md.
Associate, Hogan & Hartson, (1979-82)
Washington, D.C.
Law Clerk to Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1978-79)

Civil Procedure: Cases, Materials, and Questions (1st ed. 1996; 2d ed. 1997; 3d ed. 2001; 4th ed. 2005; 5th ed. 2008; 6th ed. 2012) (co-authored with Richard Freer), and Teachers' Manual.

Conflict of Laws: American, Comparative, International (1st ed. 1998; 2d ed. 2003; 3d ed. 2012) (co-authored with Symeon Symeonides & Arthur von Mehren), and Teachers' Manual.


Harry L. Carrico and the Ideal of the Lawyer-Statesman, 47 U. Rich. L. Rev. 759 (2013). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Articles on civil procedure and conflict of laws

Litigating Federal Healthcare Legislation and the Interstices of Procedure, 46 U. Rich. L. Rev. 691 (2012). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

What's "Sovereignty" Got to Do With It? Due Process, Personal Jurisdiction, and the Supreme Court, 63 S.C. L. Rev. 729 (2012). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Aliens, the Internet, and "Purposeful Availment": A Reassessment of Fifth Amendment Limits on Personal Jurisdiction, 98 Nw. U. L. Rev. 455 (2004). [L] [W] [HEIN]

The Sources and Scope of Federal Procedural Common Law: Some Reflections on Erie and Gasperini, 46 Kan. L. Rev. 751 (1998). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Conflicts and Dependant Sovereigns: Incorporating Indian Tribes into a Conflicts Course, 27 U. Tol. L. Rev. 675 (1996). [L] [W] [HEIN]

The New Supplemental Jurisdiction Statute -- Flawed But Fixable, 41 Emory L.J. 69 (1992). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Personal Jurisdiction and the Beetle in the Box, 32 B.C. L. Rev. 529 (1991). [W] [HEIN]

Finley v. United States: Unstringing Pendent Jurisdiction, 76 Va. L. Rev. 539 (1990). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Sin, Scandal and Substantive Due Process: Personal Jurisdiction and Pennoyer Reconsidered, 62 Wash. L. Rev. 479 (1987). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Articles on land use and public health

Assessing Legal Competencies for Obesity Prevention and Control (with Alice Ammerman & Sheila Fleischhacker), J.L. Med. & Ethics 37 (Summer Supp. 2009). [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Improving Legal Competencies for Obesity Prevention and Control (with Alice Ammerman & Sheila Fleischhacker, et al), J.L. Med. & Ethics 76 (Summer Supp. 2009). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Obesity, Poverty, and the Built Environment: Challenges and Opportunities, 15 Georgetown. J. Poverty L. & Pol'y 821 (2008). [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

A Legal Framework For Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases (with George Mensah, Richard Goodman & Anthony Moulton), 29 Am. J. Prev. Med. 139 (2005).

Legal Frameworks for Chronic Disease Prevention (with George Mensah, Marcus Plescia & Donna F. Stroup), 32 J.L. Med. & Ethics 35 (Supp. 2004). [L] [W]

Public Health and the Built Environment: Historical, Empirical and Theoretical Foundations for an Expanded Role (with Larry Gostin & Lesley Stone), 31 J.L. Med. & Ethics 557 (2004). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Smart Growth for Community Development (with Carol Maclennan, John O. Norquist & Toni N. Harp), 32 J.L. Med. & Ethics 27 (Supp. 2004). [L] [W] [HEIN]

The Built Environment and its Relationship to the Public's Health: The Legal Framework (with Larry Gostin & Lesley Stone), 93 Am. J. Public Health 1390 (2003).

Recent Developments in Federal Jurisdiction and Pleading, in Current Developments in Federal Civil Practice 2003 7-36 (William P. Frank & John Gardiner eds., New York: Practising Law Institute 2003).


Personal Jurisdiction and the Beetle in the Box, in Jurisdiction and Private International Law (forthcoming 2014).

Obesity, Poverty, and the Built Environment: Challenges and Opportunity, in Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader, 510-519 (Lawrence O. Gostin ed., Berkeley, Cal.: University of California Press rev. 2d ed. 2010).

The Story of Shaffer v. Heitner: Allocating Jurisdictional Authority Among the States, in Civil Procedure Stories (K. Clermont, ed. 2004; 2d ed. 2008).

Building Healthy Cities: Legal Frameworks and Considerations, in Handbook of Urban Health: Populations, Methods and Practice (S. Galea & D. Vladov eds., 2005).

Additional Publications

A Reexamination of the Distinction Between "Loss-Allocating" and "Conduct-Regulating Rules," 60 La. L. Rev. 1251 (2000). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Manipulation of Futures Markets: Redefining the Offense, 56 Fordham L. Rev. 345 (1987). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Cumulative Supplement to R. Casad & W. Richman, Jurisdiction in Civil Actions (3d ed.) (with W. Richman) (annual for the years 2005-2010).

Erie Railroad v. Tompkins, in Oxford Companion to American Law (2001).

Legal Lore: Sin, Scandal, and Substantive Due Process, 18 Litigation 41 (Winter, 1992).

B.A., Wellesley College 1975
J.D., Duke University School of Law 1978
Contact Information
(804) 289-8740
(804) 289-8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Civil Procedure
Conflict of Laws
Land Use
Legal Education