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School of Law

Richard W. Bourne

Emeritus Professor of LawRichard W. Bourne
410.837.4508, Angelos Law 1105

Administrative Assistant: Laurie Schnitzer
410.837.4689, Angelos Law 1112


LL.M., Harvard University, 1975
LL.B., University of Virginia, 1968
B.A., Harvard University, 1964

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure
Conflict of Laws
Federal Civil Procedure
Maryland Civil Procedure
Professional Responsibility

Bourne joined the faculty in 1979 after four years of full-time law teaching at the University of Richmond School of Law. His previous experience includes five years as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, a brief stint as director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and two years as a teaching fellow at Harvard Law School.

Bourne's scholarship has concentrated on problems of American civil litigation, conflict of laws and legal education, and has been published in the Missouri Law Review, Creighton Law Review and the University of Baltimore Law Review. He also co-authored, with School of Law Professor John Lynch, the leading treatise on Maryland civil procedure, Modern Maryland Civil Procedure (Michie, 1993). He is a member of the Virginia Bar.

Selected Publications


Maryland Rules Commentary , with P. Niemeyer, L. Schuett and J. Lynch, 3d ed. LexisNexis, (2003)

Modern Maryland Civil Procedure , with John Lynch, (Michie, Summer 1993)

Articles and Essays

The Coming Crash in Legal Education: How We Got Here, and Where We Go Now, 45 Creighton L. Rev. 4 (2012)

A Day Late, a Dollar Short: Opening a Governmental Snare Which Tricks Poor Victims Out of Medical Malpractice Claims, 62 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 87 (Fall, 2000)

Modern Maryland Conflicts: Backing Into the Twentieth Century One Hauck At A Time, 23 U. Balt. L. Rev. 71 (1993)

Five Approaches to Legal Reasoning, 57 Mo. L. Rev. 35 (1992)

A Traditionalist's Approach to Teaching, 57 Mo. L. Rev. 455 (1992)

Articles on Social Science Research Network