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 John F. Preis
John F. Preis
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Federal Courts Civil Rights Litigation Legislation & Regulation Civil Litigation Civil Procedure

Associate Dean Jack Preis teaches and writes in the areas of federal courts, civil rights litigation, and civil procedure. His scholarship, which focuses on constitutional rights and remedies, has appeared in the Virginia Law ReviewIndiana Law Journal, and Wake Forest Law Review, among other venues.  While a professor, Dean Preis has argued before the Ninth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court in constitutional remedies cases.  Before joining the Richmond Law faculty in 2008, Dean Preis served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School and Washburn University School of Law.  

Presenter, "Jurisdictional Idealism and Positivism," 3rd Annual Civil Procedure Workshop, University of Arizona (Oct. 2017).
Presenter, "A Preview of the October 2017 Supreme Court Term," Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (Oct. 2017).
Presenter, "Police Power and the Power of Police," University of Kentucky Faculty Colloquy Series (April 2017).

Presenter, "Supreme Court Update," Institute for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, University of Richmond (Oct. 2016).

Moderator, "Equity in the Federal Courts," AALS Annual Conference, New York (Jan. 2016).

Keynote Speaker, "Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law"; Oliver Hill Day, Richmond, Va. (May 2015).

Speaker, "We Are Always Team Teaching," Legal Ed Igniting Law Teaching Conference (2015).

Task force on Special Conservators of the Peace, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (Sept 2014).

Chair, AALS Section on Remedies, 2015
Bar Admissions
Washington, D.C.
Professional Experience
Professor of Law (2013-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Associate Professor of Law (2010-13)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Professor of Law (2008-10)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (2006-08)
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (2005-06)
Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kan.
Associate (2001-04)
Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLC, Washington, D.C.
Judicial Law Clerk (2000-01)
The Hon. Royce C. Lamberth, United States District Court, Washington, D.C.
Commodity Trader (1994-97)
Archer Daniels Midland, Co., Decatur, Ill.

Qualified Immunity and Fault, 93 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1969 (2018).

Jurisdictional Idealism and Positivism, 59 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1413 (2018).

Do Civil Rights Remedies Deter Police Misconduct? A Review of John Rappaport, How Private Insurers Regulate Public Police, Jotwell (2018).

Calculating Damages in an Uncertain World: A Review of Tun-Jen Chiang, The Information-Forcing Dilemma in Damages Law, Jotwell (2017).

Constitutional Enforcement by Proxy, 95 Va. L. Rev. 1663 (2009). 

Reassessing the Purposes of Federal Question Jurisdiction, 42 Wake Forest L. Rev. 247 (2007). [SSRN] [HEIN]

Jurisdiction and Discretion in Hybrid Law Cases, 75 Univ. Cin. L. Rev. 145 (2006). 

B.S., Cornell University 1994
J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law 2000
Contact Information
Room 202-F, Law School
(804) 289-8682
(804) 289-8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Civil Procedure
Federal Courts
Civil Rights Litigation