Richard D. Freer

Robert Howell Hall Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae




Areas of Expertise
Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Business Associations


Richard D. Freer clerked for a federal district judge and a federal appellate judge before litigating with the Los Angeles firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He joined the faculty in 1983 and has served as visiting professor at George Washington University and at Central European University in Budapest. The student body has named him Outstanding Professor seven times. The Black Law Students Association has named him Professor of the Year four times. The University recognized him with its Scholar/Teacher Award in 2008, and he is a recipient of the University’s highest teaching award, the Emory Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also has received Emory Law’s triennial Ben F. Johnson Award for Faculty Excellence.

Research and Scholarship: Professor Freer is author or co-author of 11 books, including his Treatise on Civil Procedure (2d ed. 2009), the widely-adopted Freer & Perdue casebook on Civil Procedure (5th ed. 2008) and a popular casebook on Business Structures (2d ed. 2007). He is the only academic to serve as contributing author to both of the standard multivolume treatises on federal jurisdiction and practice: Moore’s Federal Practice and Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice and Procedure. He has written widely-regarded articles in various areas of federal jurisdiction and procedure, and served as an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Federal Judicial Code Project. He is a national bar review lecturer on Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, and Corporations, and lectures annually to tens of thousands of bar candidates and law students. He served for six years on the University’s President’s Advisory Committee and was the University’s Vice Provost in 1991.

Education: BA, University of California, San Diego, 1975; JD, UCLA, 1978.

Principles of BUsiness Organizations
West Concise Hornbook 2013

The Continuing Gloom About Federal Judicial Rulemaking
107 Nw.U.L.Rev. 447

Cauldron Boils: Supplemental Jurisdiction, Amount in Controversy, and Diversity of Citizenship Class Actions, The
53 Emory L.J. 55 (2004) 2004

Toward a Principled Statutory Approach to Supplemental Jurisdiction in Diversity of Citizenship Cases
74 Ind. L.J. 5 (1998-1999) 1998

Some Thoughts on the State of Erie after Gasperini
76 Tex. L. Rev. 1637 (1997-1998) 1997

Close Enough for Government Work: What Happens When Congress Doesn't Do Its Job
Arthur, Thomas C.; Freer, Richard D.40 Emory L. J. 1007 (1991) 1991

Grasping at Burnt Straws: The Disaster of the Supplemental Jurisdiction Statute
Arthur, Thomas C. ; Freer, Richard D. 40 Emory L. J. 963 (1991) 1991

Compounding Confusion and Hampering Diversity: Life After Finley and the Supplemental Jurisdiction Statute
40 Emory L. J. 445 (1991) 1991

Advice--Consent--Senatorial Immaturity and the Judicial Selection Process
101 W. Va. L. Rev. 495 (1988-1999) 1988

Avoiding Duplicative Litigation: Rethinking Plaintiff Autonomy and the Court's Role in Defining the Litigative Unit
50 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 809 (1988-1989) 1988

Erie's Mid-Life Crisis
63 Tul. L. Rev. 1087 (1988-1989) 1988

Principled Statutory Approach to Supplemental Jurisdiction, A
36 Duke L. J. 34 (1987) 1987

Principled Statutory Approach to Supplemental Jurisdiction, A
36 Duke L. J. 34 (1987) 1987

Rethinking Compulsory Joinder: A Proposal to Restructure Federal Rule 19
60 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1061 (1985) 1985

Cooperative Services for Runaway Youth
Kehoe, Charles J.; Freer, Richard 28 Juv. Just. 35 (1977) 1977


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