For The Record

Photograph by Kim Schmidt

Wendy Collins Perdue has devoted her career — 23 years to date — to law school teaching and administration, including a full decade at the helm of Richmond Law. Ten years is a long time in the world of deanships — Perdue is the 11th-longest-serving dean among the 200 law schools in the U.S. Here’s a look back at the impact she’s made so far on the Richmond Law community.

  • Under Perdue’s leadership, Richmond Law has seen an unprecedented 33-place rise in its U.S. News & World Report ranking.
  • Perdue revamped Richmond’s approach to legal writing, adding five full-time legal writing professors to the faculty. She also launched two new programs — Professional Identity Formation and the Legal Design Business Hub — to equip students with additional skills for navigating the modern legal profession.
  • Perdue and her husband, David Perdue, established the Dean’s Opportunity Scholarship Fund with a $100,000 gift in 2019. The goal is to help make a Richmond Law education accessible and affordable to students with great need and great potential.
  • In addition to guaranteeing every student a meaningful summer of legal employment through the Summer Public Interest Fellowships, Perdue launched the Bridge to Practice Fellowship program for recent graduates pursuing careers in the public sector.

Perdue’s next big project? A renovation of the law school building, launched in January.