Richard A. Leo
By TLR Editors

Richard A. Leo, Ph.D., J.D., is a professor of law at the University of San Francisco, a Fellow in the Institute of Legal Research at U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, and formerly a tenured professor of Psychology and Criminology at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Leo has written dozens of empirical articles on police interrogation practices, false confessions, and wrongful convictions, as well as several books on these subjects, including Police Interrogation and American Justice (Harvard University Press, 2008), The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions and the Norfolk Four (The New Press, 2008, with Tom Wells), and, most recently Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2012, with George C. Thomas III).   Dr. Leo has received numerous individual and career achievement awards for his research, as well as Soros and Guggenheim fellowships. Dr. Leo’s research has been cited by numerous appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court on multiple occasions; he is regularly invited to lecture to and/or train criminal justice professionals; and he has served as a litigation consultant and/or expert witness in hundreds of criminal and civil cases involving disputed interrogations and/or disputed confessions.  The work Dr. Leo did to help free four innocent prisoners in Virginia (known as the “Norfolk 4”) was the subject of a story in The New Yorker magazine in 2009 and a PBS Frontline documentary in 2010.  In 2011 he was elected to the American Law Institute.