Richard H. Hiers

Affiliate Professor, Emeritus
Mailing Address: Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611
Email: hiers@law.ufl.edu


Ph.D., Yale University
J.D., University of Florida (with high honors)
M.A., Yale University
B.D., Yale Divinity School (cum laude)
B.A., Yale College (magna cum laude)

Teaching and Scholarship

Law, Ethics and Social Policy

Biblical Law and Modern Western Jurisprudence

Public Employee First Amendment Speech Rights

Academic Freedom in Public Colleges and Universities

Professional Activities

Law clerk with Judge Jerre S. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Federal Circuit, 1987-88; joined College of Law as Affiliate Professor in 1994.

Bar memberships/admissions: Florida Bar; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Federal Circuit.

Member, Advisory Committee, Journal of Law and Religion (chair, 2005-11); Board of Directors, Florida Free Speech Forum; Society of Christian Ethics.


  • Women’s Rights and the Bible: Implications for Christian Ethics and Social Policy (Wipf and Stock, 2012);
  • Justice and Compassion in Biblical Law (Continuum/T & T Clarke, 2009).


  • “Section 1985(3) Employment Discrimination Litigation:� Progress and Confusion in Judicial Construction and Policy-Making, 1971-81,” 12 Cumberland Law Review 561-631 (1982).
  • “Employment Discrimination:� Progress and Problems in Title VII Litigation,” The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics (1983): 217-64.
  • “Normative Analysis in Judicial Determination of Public Policy,” 3 Journal of Law and Religion 77-115 (1985).
  • “Title VII Filing Limitations in Deferral States:� Unresolved Problems and Needless Pitfalls following Commercial Office Products,” 1 George Mason Civil Rights Law Journal 19-57 (1990).
  • “Normative and Ostensibly Norm-Neutral Conventions in Contemporary Judicial Discourse,” 14 Legal ��� Studies Forum 107-39 (1990).
  • “First Amendment Speech Rights of Government Employees: Trends and Problems in Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit Decisions,” 45 Southwestern Law Journal 741-824 (1991).
  • “Issues Presented for the First Time on Appeal:� Fifth Circuit Standards for Consideration,” 8 Fifth Circuit Reporter 229-37 (1991).
  • “Issues on Appeal:� The Perils of Inadvertent Waiver or Abandonment,” 9 Fifth Circuit Reporter 971-81 (1992).
  • “Public Employee Free Speech: An Endangered Species of First Amendment Rights in Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit Jurisprudence,” 5 University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 169-327 (1993).
  • “Transfer of Property by Inheritance and Bequest in Biblical Law and Tradition,” in 10 Journal of Law and Religion 121-55 (1993-94).
  • “Academic Freedom in Public Colleges and Universities: O Say Does that Star-Spangled First Amendment Banner Yet Wave?,” 40 Wayne Law Review 1-107 (1993).
  • “New Restrictions on Academic Free Speech: Jeffries v. Harleston,” 22 Journal of College and ��� University law 217-79 (1995).
  • “Reverence for Life and Environmental Ethics in Biblical Law and Covenant,” 13 Journal of Law and Religion 127-88 (1996-98).
  • “Sexual Harassment: Title VII and Title IX Protections and Prohibitions — The Current State of the Law,” 19 Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 391-406 (1999).
  • “Reverence for Life and Environmental Ethics in Biblical Law and Covenant,” Forum on Religion and Ecology.� Revised version of the 1999 JLR article cited above.�� Originally posted in 2001. � Subsequently and currently posted at : http://fore.research.yale.edu/religion/christianity/essays/christ_hiers_index.html
  • “Institutional Academic Freedom vs. Faculty Academic Freedom in Public Colleges and Universities: A Dubious Dichotomy,” 29 Journal of College and University Law 35-109 (2002).
  • Review article: Calum Carmichael, The Spirit of Biblical Law (Univ. of Georgia Press, 1996), 1 Washington Univ. Global Studies Law Review 537-52 (2002).
  • “Biblical Social Welfare Legislation, 17 Journal of Law & Religion 49-96 (2002).
  • “Institutional Academic Freedom – a Constitutional Misconception:� Did Grutter v. Bollinger ������ Perpetuate the Confusion?”� 30 Journal of College & University Law 531-82 (2004).
  • “The Death Penalty and Due Process in Biblical Law,” 81 Univ. of Detroit Mercy Law Review 751-843 (2004).
  • “Institutional Academic Freedom or Autonomy Grounded upon the First Amendment: A Jurisprudential Mirage,” 30 Hamline Law Review 1-58 (2007).
  • “Ancient Laws, Yet Strangely Modern: Biblical Contract and Tort Jurisprudence, 88 Univ. of Detroit Mercy Law Review 473-96 (2011).


  • Periodic listing in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in America.
  • President, UF Chapter, Phi Kappa Phi, 1995-96.
  • Florida Blue Key Distinguished Faculty Award, 1998
  • Member, Yale Whiffenpoofs of 1954
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