Faculty Profiles

Richard D.  Freer

Richard D. Freer

Robert Howell Hall Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Business Associations

Curriculum Vitae

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, and the Black Law Students Association has named him Professor of the Year four times. Emory 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.

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

Professor Freer is author or co-author of 11 books. 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.


A Short and Happy Guide to Civil Procedure (West, 2014)

Principles of Business Organizations (West Concise Hornbook, 2013).

Civil Procedure (2d ed., Aspen Treatise Series, 2009).

Freer & Perdue Casebook on Civil Procedure (5th ed, 2008).

Federal Practice and Procedure (3d ed., 2008) (with Wright, Miller, and Cooper).

Business Structures (2d ed., 2007).

Federal Courts (3d ed., West, 2004) (with Redish).

Journal Articles

"Issue Preclusion and the Denial of Class Certification: Avoiding the 'Death by a Thousand Cuts,'" 99 Iowa Law Review Bulletin 85 (2014).

"The Continuing Gloom About Federal Judicial Rulemaking," 107 Northwestern University Law Review 447.

"Cauldron Boils: Supplemental Jurisdiction, Amount in Controversy, and Diversity of Citizenship Class Actions," 53 Emory Law Journal 55 (2004).

"Refracting Domestic and Global Choice-of-Forum Doctrine Through the Lens of a Single Case," Brigham Young University Law Review 959 (2007).

"Of Rules and Standards: Reconciling the Statutory Limitations on 'Arising Under' Jurisdiction," 82 Indiana Law Journal 309 (2007).

Book Chapters

"Forging American Arbitration Policy: Judicial Interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act," in Resolving International Conflicts (Budapest 2009).

"American and European Approaches to Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet," in Selected Essays on Current Legal Issues (Athens Institute for Education and Research; Athens, Greece) 203 (2007), SSRN Abstract Number 1004887.

Opinion and Essay

"The New Reach of General Jurisdiction," Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal (September 15, 2014).


"Interlocutory Review of Class Action Certification Decisions: An Introductory Empirical Study of Federal and State Experience," 35 W. ST. L. REV. 13 (2007) (contribution to symposium on state civil procedure)

"Pondering the Imponderable and Other Observations from the Intersection of Conflicts and Civil Procedure," in Balancing of Interests: Liber Amicorum Peter Hay 221 (SSRN Abstract Number 946957, 2005)