John F. Preis

Professor of Law


Professor Jack Preis teaches and writes in the areas of federal courts, civil rights litigation, and civil procedure. His scholarship, which focuses on constitutional rights and remedies, has appeared in the Virginia Law ReviewIndiana Law Journal, and Wake Forest Law Review, among other venues.  While a professor, Preis has argued before the Ninth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court in constitutional remedies cases.  Before joining the Richmond Law faculty in 2008, Professor Preis served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School and Washburn University School of Law.  


Keynote Speaker, "Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law"; Oliver Hill Day, Richmond, Va. (May 2015)

Speaker, "We Are Always Team Teaching," Legal Ed Igniting Law Teaching Conference, 2015

Task force on Special Conservators of the Peace, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (Sept 2014).


Chair, AALS Section on Remedies, 2015

Bar Admissions

Washington, D.C.

Professional Experience

Professor of Law (2013-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Associate Professor of Law (2010-13)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Assistant Professor of Law (2008-10)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (2006-08)
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (2005-06)
Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kan.

Associate (2001-04)
Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLC, Washington, D.C.

Judicial Law Clerk (2000-01)
The Hon. Royce C. Lamberth, United States District Court, Washington, D.C.

Commodity Trader (1994-97)
Archer Daniels Midland, Co., Decatur, Ill.



The Dormant Commerce Clause as a Limit on Personal Jurisdiction, 102 Iowa L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2016). 

How the Federal Cause of Action Relates to Rights, Remedies and Jurisdiction, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 849 (2015).

In Defense of Implied Injunctive Relief in Constitutional Cases, 22 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1 (2013). 

The False Promise of the Converse-1983 Action, 87 Ind. L. J. 1697 (2012).

Constitutional Enforcement by Proxy, 95 Va. L. Rev. 1663 (2009). 

Alternative State Remedies in Constitutional Torts, 40 Conn. L. Rev. 723 (2008).

Reassessing the Purposes of Federal Question Jurisdiction, 42 Wake Forest L. Rev. 247 (2007). [SSRN] [HEIN]

Jurisdiction and Discretion in Hybrid Law Cases, 75 Univ. Cin. L. Rev. 145 (2006). 


B.S., Cornell University 1994

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law 2000

Contact Information

Room 212-A, Law School
(804) 289-8682
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure
Federal Courts
Civil Rights Litigation