Law: WENDY COLLINS PERDUE
DEAN, UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND SCHOOL OF LAW, RICHMOND
Perdue is approaching her 12th year as dean of the University of Richmond School of Law. The Wellesley College graduate has spent most of her career in education. After a brief period as an associate at Washington, D.C.’s Hogan & Hartson, Perdue joined the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center in 1982, later becoming an associate dean.
Her areas of expertise include civil procedure, conflict of laws, land use and public health. Last year, she joined dozens of law school deans urging the law community to help find solutions to the growing national eviction crisis that has followed the end of pandemic-era rent-relief programs and eviction moratoriums. “Find ways to support tenants, landlords and the court system,” she urged her colleagues.
After graduating from Duke University School of Law, Perdue clerked for then-Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Anthony M. Kennedy, who later served on the U.S. Supreme Court. Perdue has written books on civil procedure and conflict of laws, as well as dozens of journal articles and multiple book chapters. She is a past president of the Association of American Law Schools.