Teaching interests: Family Law, Child Law, Sales.
Education: B.S., 1969, The University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University); J.D.,
1976, The University of Memphis; LL.M., 1987, Yale University.
Experience: Private practice of law in Memphis, Tennessee, 1976-78; joined The University of
Memphis School of Law faculty in 1978.
Achievements/Publications: Reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the United States District
Court for the Western District of Tennessee; Reporter for the TBA Task Force on the
Judiciary; member of Tennessee Special Legislative Committee to Study Article 2A of
the Uniform Commercial Code; member of the TBA Family Law Code Revision Commission;
founding member and President of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society; NITA
faculty; ABA Schwab writing contest national judge; Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow;
elected member of the American Law Institute; Tennessee Juvenile Justice Reform Commission,
advisory committee; master in the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court; Memphis
Bar Association, Sam A. Myar, Jr. Award recipient; author of Tort Defenses and Immunities
in Tennessee, (1981, 1987 supp.); Richards on Tennessee Family Law (1997, 1998, 1999,
2000, 2001, 2002 supp.); Property Division in Divorce Proceedings: A Fifty State Guide
(with Gregory Wolf, expected publication, spring, 2003); and numerous law review articles
focusing primarily on child custody issues.
Phone: (901) 678-2202
Office: Law 377