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

Phone: (310) 506-4623
Cellular: (310) 384-4943
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Products liability
  • Torts
  • Animal law
Professor Cupp is widely recognized as a leading scholar and commentator in the fields of torts and products liability law. He is also a leading scholar and commentator on issues involving the legal and moral status of animals.

Professor Cupp has authored more than 20 significant scholarly articles and numerous shorter articles. He has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Torts and Compensation Systems. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute, where he has served as a consultative group member for the Restatement (Third) of Torts.

Professor Cupp has been quoted by most of the major newspapers in the United States and by several international newspapers. He has also made numerous national television and radio appearances, including on the CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Court TV, and Lifetime Television Network's Lifetime News. Professor Cupp has published op-eds in several major newspapers (some of which include the Los Angeles Times, USA TODAY, Philadelphia Inquirer, National Law Journal, and Oakland Tribune).

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 Animal Health Institute, and the American Animal Hospital Association. He has also been awarded research grants from the National Association of Biomedical Research.

Professor Cupp served as an associate dean at Pepperdine Law School from 2002-2008 (associate dean for academics, 2002-05; associate dean for research, 2005-08). His work in both of these roles entailed a strong focus on strategic planning and implementation for the law school, including quality enhancement, financial resources planning, and strategic academic planning. His work as an associate dean also entailed coordinating Pepperdine Law School's successful application for membership in Order of the Coif, which was granted in 2008.

As a law student Professor Cupp served as editor-in-chief of the UC Davis Law Review. He teaches torts, products liability, remedies, and animal law.

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