Professor Richardson received her BA from Harvard College and her JD from The Yale Law School. Immediately upon graduation from law school, Professor Richardson was a Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellow with the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in Brooklyn, NY. Her legal career has included partnership at a boutique criminal law firm and work as a state and federal public defender in Seattle, Washington. She was also an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. She joined the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law in 2012.
Professor Richardson’s research uses the science of implicit social cognition to study criminal procedure, criminal law and policing. Her scholarship has been published by law journals at Cornell University, the University of California, Duke, Iowa, Northwestern University, the University of Minnesota, and Indiana (Bloomington), among others. Professor Richardson has been featured in numerous local and national news programs, including 48 Hours.
Professor Richardson joined the law faculty at the University of California - Irvine in 2014.