Richard E. Levy

J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law
Primary office:
309C Green Hall

Richard Levy is a nationally and internationally known teacher and scholar in the field of American public law, including constitutional law, administrative law and legislation. He 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. As a teacher, Levy emphasizes active learning and strives to integrate the development of analytical and problem-solving skills into the coverage of substantive material using a variety of innovative teaching methods. Levy is a prolific scholar with an extensive publication record in leading journals on a wide array of topics, including pioneering work applying collective action theory to federalism and leading articles on judicial review of administrative agencies. He 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. Within the university, Levy has occupied various positions of leadership, including service as president of the Faculty Senate, chair of the University Judicial Board and leadership of various successful committees and task forces charged with policy reform. 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 & 2d ed. 2014, Foundation Press); “Statutory Analysis in the Regulatory State” (2014, Foundation Press) (with Robert L. Glicksman); "The Power to Legislate: A Reference Guide to the U.S. Constitution" (Praeger/Greenwood Press, 2006); "Agency-Specific Precedents, 89 Texas Law Review 499 (2011) (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.


Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance