Richard E. Levy

J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law
309B Green Hall

Richard Levy joined the KU Law faculty in 1985, having received his law degree with honors from the University of Chicago Law School. Before joining the faculty, he served as a clerk for Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In teaching and research, he has focused on constitutional law, administrative law and government institutions. Levy is a prolific scholar who was named a Postlethwaite Research Fellow, 1996-1999, and was named the inaugural J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law in 2007. Levy has also given extensive service to the state, including work on comprehensive reform of the state's administrative procedure and child in need of care codes, as well as offering expert testimony for various legislative committees. In recognition of this service, he received the Steeples Award for Service to Kansas in 2010. Levy is fluent in German and has studied in Germany and served as exchange professor at the University of Vienna.

Courses Taught:
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Legislation


Representative Publications
"Administrative Law: Agency Action in Legal Context" (with Robert L. Glicksman) (2010, Foundation Press); "The Power to Legislate: A Reference Guide to the U.S. Constitution" (Praeger/Greenwood Press, 2006); "Agency-Specific Precedents, 89 Texas Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2010) (with Robert L. Glicksman); "A Collective Action Perspective on Ceiling Preemption by Federal Environmental Regulation: The Case of Global Climate Change," 102 Northwestern Law Review 579 (2008) (with Robert L. Glicksman); "Government Benefits and the Rule of Law: Toward a Standards-Based Theory of Judicial Review," 58 Administrative Law Review 499 (2006) (with Sidney A. Shapiro); "Government Benefits and the Rule of Law: Toward a Standards-Based Theory of Due Process," 57 Administrative Law Review 107 (2005) (with Sidney A. Shapiro).

Research Interests
Governmental institutions, federalism, legislation, the legislative process, judicial review of administrative agencies, comparative constitutional law and legal systems.

J.D., University of Chicago, 1984, University of Chicago Law Review; M.A., B.A., Kansas, 1980, 1978.

Kansas 1988.

Career History
Clerk, Judge Richard Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1984-85; Associate Professor, Kansas 1985-90; Professor, 1990-present; J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, 2007-present.

Order of the Coif; Consultant, Federal Courts Study Commission, 1989; Juvenile Justice Reform Advisory Committee, Kansas Judicial Council; Administrative Procedure Advisory Committee, Kansas Judicial Council; European Studies Advisory Committee.


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