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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.  

Chair, AALS Section on Remedies
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 - 2013)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Assistant Professor of Law (2008 - 2010)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (2006 - 2008)
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (2005 - 2006)
Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS
Associate (2001 - 2004)
Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLC, Washington, DC
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth (2000 - 2001)
United States District Court, Washington, DC
Commodity Trader (1994 - 1997)
Archer Daniels Midland, Co., Decatur, IL
Journal Articles

Jurisdiction and "Definition Law", 60 William & Mary Law Review Online 93 (2019).

Rightless Remedies: A Review of Stephen A. Smith, Rights-Threats, Wrongs and Injustices: The Common Law Causes of Action, 27 N.Z.U.L. Rev. 1033 (2017)., Journal of Things We Like (Lots) (2019).

Jurisdictional Idealism and Positivism, 59 William & Mary Law Review 1413 (2018).

Qualified Immunity and Fault, 93 Notre Dame Law Review 1969 (2018).

A Further Note on Federal Causes of Action, 67 Florida Law Review Forum 78 (2016).

In Defense of Implied Injunctive Relief in Constitutional Cases, 22 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 1 (2013).

The False Promise of the Converse-1983 Action, 87 Indiana Law Journal 1697 (2012).

Constitutional Enforcement by Proxy, 95 Virginia Law Review 1663 (2009).

Alternative State Remedies in Constitutional Torts, 40 Connecticut Law Review 723 (2008).

Reassessing the Purposes of Federal Question Jurisdiction, 42 Wake Forest Law Review 247 (2007).

Jurisdiction and Discretion in Hybrid Law Cases, 75 University of Cincinnati Law Review 145 (2006).

Book Reviews

Do Civil Rights Remedies Deter Police Misconduct? A Review of John Rappaport, How Private Insurers Regulate Public Police, Journal of Things We Like (Lots) (June 2018).

Calculating Damages in an Uncertain World: A Review of Tun-Jen Chiang, The Information-Forcing Dilemma in Damages Law, Journal of Things We Like (Lots) (April 2017).

Why Insurance Contracts Might be the Trick to Police Reform, Journal of Things We Like (Lots) (January 2016).

Blog Posts

In Search of the Great Academic Novel, PrawfsBlawg (September 2016).

Reality, Experience, Video, and the Law, PrawfsBlawg (September 2016).


Qualified Immunity Under Scrutiny, National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys Newsletter (May 2019).

Newspaper Articles

Qualified immunity and Government Accountability, Richmond Times Dispatch (September 2019).

Magna Carta's Rule of Politics, Richmond Times-Dispatch 5E (June 2015).

Additional Publications

Brief for Respondent Richard Lee Pollard, Margaret Minneci, et al. v. Richard Lee Pollard, et al., On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2011).

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