Michael L. Rich, Jennings Professor of Law
(336) 279-9227 / mrich2@elon.edu

Elon Law professor Michael Rich

Before joining academia, Rich practiced at the Cincinnati law firm of Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP, where he worked mainly on government fraud litigation under the civil False Claims Act, civil rights litigation, and white-collar criminal cases. In addition, he served as law clerk to Judge Susan J. Dlott of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Rich began his legal career at the New York City law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where his practice focused on the litigation of claims under the First Amendment seeking access to public property and public accommodations. Prior to joining Elon Law, Rich served as an Assistant Professor of Law at Capital University Law School, where he taught courses in criminal law, evidence, and professional responsibility.

Rich’s areas of research include the philosophical boundaries of criminal law, civil and criminal white-collar litigation, police investigatory methods, and government fraud. His publications include, Should We Make Crime Impossible?, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2013, and Brass Rings and Red-Headed Stepchildren, American University Law Review, 2012. Rich received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Physics and English from the University of Delaware.

Curriculum Vitae

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) page


The use of automated technology in crime fighting - presentation at 2015 AALS Annual Meeting

Michael Rich authors “Should We Make Crime Impossible?”

Mike Rich presents on the perfect prevention of crime

Michael Rich publishes on criminal informants in American Criminal Law Review

Michael Rich discusses criminal law on Higher Education Today

North Carolina and Virginia newspapers publish op-ed by Elon Law Professor Michael Rich

Michael Rich published in American University Law Review on safeguards to protect criminal informants

Michael Rich interviewed on WUNC's The State of Things about technologies that can prevent crime

Michael Rich publishes "The Perfect Non-Crime" in The New York Times

Elon Law faculty provide analysis of John Edwards trial

Michael Rich presents at Richmond University School of Law

Michael Rich urges greater protection of criminal law informants at Dayton Law

Elon Law faculty explore WikiLeaks in launch of Hot Topics series

Mike Rich provides insights on cyberstalking and anti-bullying laws for Fox 8 News

Michael Rich provides insight into rights for speedy trials in Wilmington Star News report

Elon Law professor Michael Rich contributes to criminal law blog