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Richard L. Cupp, J.D.
John W. Wade Professor of Law

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  • J.D., University of California, Davis, 1987
  • B.A., Pepperdine University, 1983, magna cum laude

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Richard L. Cupp, Jr. serves as the John W. Wade Professor of Law at Pepperdine Law School. He loves teaching and working with students. He is widely recognized as a leading scholar and commentator in the fields of torts and products liability law. He has authored more than 20 significant scholarly articles and numerous shorter articles. Professor Cupp is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and he has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Torts and Compensation Systems.

In addition to his work in torts and products liability, Professor Cupp writes and speaks extensively about the legal and moral status of animals. He has advised many organizations on these subjects, including the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and Law, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Neuroscience, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Association for Biomedical Research, the Animal Health Institute, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

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  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Speaker, Address on the Debate Between Animal Rights and Animal Welfare in the United States, Second International Transdiciplinary Congress on Fauna Protection, Goiania, Brazil (Apr. 25, 2013).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Appointed to Planning Committee, Institute of Medicine's Forum on Neuroscience and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and Law, Meeting re the future of animal research regulation in the United States and Europe, London (July 2011).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Speaker, Symposium about rapid legal evolution related to animals, UCLA Center for Society and Genetics (Feb. 2011).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Justice Breyer cited Professor Cupp's article, "Rethinking Conscious Design Liability for Prescription Drugs: The Restatement (Third) Standard Versus a Negligence Approach," in his concurring opinion in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, (Feb. 2011).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Tobacco Litigation as Export, Presentation at Pepperdine Law Review symposium, Malibu, California (Apr. 2010).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Speaker, The Evolving Legal Status of Research Animals, Neuroscience, San Diego (Nov. 2010).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Speaker, Animal Rights Versus Contractualist Animal Welfare, American Agricultural Law Association annual conference, Omaha, Nebraska (Oct. 2010).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Speaker, Internationalizing United States Torts Law: Paths and Consequences faculty of St. Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, Presentation to the faculty of St. Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri (Mar. 2010).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Enhancing Legal Scholarship as a Faculty, presentation to the faculty of Faulkner Law School, Montgomery, Alabama, 2009.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Engaging Veterinarians in the Animal Law Debate Over Noneconomic Damages for Negligent Death of a Pet, National Webinar hosted by the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2009.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., The Restatement (Third)'s Prescription Drug Design Standard and Preemption's Rise, presentation at Brooklyn Law Review symposium, New York, New York, 2008.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Scientific Research and the Rise of Animal Law, presentation to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and Law, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 2008.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Neuroscience Research and the Rise of Animal Law, presentation to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Neuroscience, Washington, D.C., 2008.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., The Rise of Tort Liability for Harm to Animals, presentation to the Pet Food Institute Board of Directors, San Diego, California, 2008.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Developing as a Legal Scholar, presentation to faculty of John Marshall Law School of Atlanta, 2007.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Noneconomic Damages for Harm to Companion Animals, presentation to AEI-Brookings Judicial Education Program Symposium on Civil Justice Issues, Washington, D.C., 2006.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Animal Ownership: Academia, Industry & Research, presentation for the Indiana Bar Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2006.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Animal Hospitals and Noneconomic Damages for Harm to Companion Animals, presentation at the American Animal Hospital Association Board of Directors annual meeting, Denver, Colorado, 2006.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., A Sunshine Approach to Jury Instructions on the Impact of Joint and Several Liability in Asbestos Litigation, presentation to the Coalition for Litigation Justice, San Francisco, California, 2006.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Animal Law and Scientific Research, presentation at the National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C., 2006.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Animal Law and Scientific Research, presentation at the National Association of Biomedical Research's annual meeting, Washington, D.C., 2006.

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