Stephen M. Rich

Associate Professor of LawUSC Gould School of Law

Stephen M. Rich
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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 310

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last updated Mon, Jan 12, 2015

Professor Stephen M. Rich joined the USC Gould School of Law faculty in the fall of 2009 after having been a visiting professor at the law school since 2007. Professor Rich is the 2012 recipient of the William A. Rutter Distinguished Teaching Award and the first junior faculty member to receive this prestigious award. He teaches courses in employment discrimination law, constitutional law, constitutional theory, law and psychology, and civil procedure. His research interests include statutory and constitutional theories of civil rights liability, workplace diversity and legal compliance, statutory interpretation, and the intersection of cognitive theories of prejudice and legal theories of discrimination. His article "Against Prejudice," recently published in George Washington Law Review, discusses that intersection in the context of federal employment discrimination law. Professor Rich is currently working on projects in statutory interpretation, equal protection, and workplace diversity.

Prior to joining the USC faculty, Professor Rich practiced law for several years in the litigation group of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. While at Cleary Gottlieb, he litigated a variety of complex commercial, intellectual property, and first amendment matters. Professor Rich also taught briefly at Rutgers Law School-Newark, and he served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Betty B. Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Professor Rich is a graduate of Yale Law School, and he received the Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship to perform postgraduate research at Harvard Law School.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “One Law of Race,” 100 Iowa Law Review 201 (2014). - (Hein)
  • “Year in Review (Substantive Outline).” In California Employment Law Update, 2014, edited by Timothy J. Long. New York, NY: Practising Law Institute, 2014.
  • “A Matter of Perspective: Textualism, Stare Decisis, and Federal Employment Discrimination Law,” 87 Southern California Law Review 1197 (2014). - (Hein)
  • “Inferred Classifications,” 99 Virginia Law Review 1525 (2013). - (Hein)
  • "Against Prejudice," 80 George Washington Law Review 1 (2011). - (Hein)