Leslie Kendrick

  • Vice Dean

Leslie Kendrick joined the faculty in 2008. Her work focuses on torts, property rights and freedom of expression, particularly the scope and structure of free speech rights. She teaches courses in torts, property and constitutional law. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Virginia Law Review and Legal Theory.

Kendrick is past chair of the AALS Section on Torts and Compensation Systems and a member of the Harvard Higher Education Forum. In 2014, she received UVA’s Carl McFarland Prize for outstanding scholarship by a junior faculty member.

Kendrick received a B.A. in classics and English as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her master's and doctorate in English literature at the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. In law school at UVA, she served as essays development editor for the Virginia Law Review and received the Margaret G. Hyde Award, the Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarship, the Law School Alumni Association Best Note Award, the Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, the Food & Drug Law Institute H. Thomas Austern Short Paper Award, and the Virginia State Bar Family Law Book Award. Before joining the faculty, Kendrick clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice David Hackett Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Scholarship Profile: A Fresh Look at the First Amendment (Virginia Journal 2016)


  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • D.Phil.
    Oxford University
  • M.Phil.
    Oxford University
  • B.A.
    University of North Carolina

“Free Speech as a Special Right,” 45 Philosophy & Public Affairs. 87 (2017).

“Use Your Words: On the ‘Speech’ in ‘Freedom of Speech,’” 116 Mich. L. Rev. (2018) (forthcoming).

“Are Speech Rights for Speakers?,” 103 Va. L. Rev. (2017) (forthcoming).

“Foreword: Tort Law as a Regulatory Tool,” J. Tort L. (forthcoming).

“A House Divided Against Itself: Unstable Nobility in A Woman Killed With Kindness,” Notes & Queries (forthcoming). 

“How Much Does Speech Matter?,” 129 Harv. L. Rev. 997 (2016) (reviewing Seana Shiffrin, Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law (2014)).
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“Brandeis, Speech, and Money,” in Daniel Terris & David J. Weinstein, eds., Louis D. Brandeis, Then and Now: Essays from Brandeis University’s Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Appointment of Louis D. Brandeis to the United States Supreme Court 183 (Brandeis University, 2016). 

“First Amendment Expansionism,” 56 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1199 (2015) (symposium).
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“Free Speech and Guilty Minds,” 114 Colum. L. Rev. 1255 (2014).

“Nonsense on Sidewalks: Content Discrimination in McCullen v. Coakley,” 2014 Sup. Ct. Rev. 215. 

“Speech, Intent, and the Chilling Effect,” 54 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1633 (2013).
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“Disclosure and Its Discontents,” 27 J. L. & Pol. 575 (2012).
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“Content Discrimination Revisited,” 98 Va. L. Rev. 231 (2012).
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"Content Neutrality and Compelling Interests: The October 2010 Term,” 98 Va. L. Rev. in Brief 14 (2012).

“The Lockean Rights of Bequest and Inheritance,” 17 Legal Theory 145 (2011).

“FDA's Regulation of Prescription Drug Labeling: A Role for Implied Preemption,” 62 Food & Drug L. J. 227 (2007).
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“A Test for Criminally Instructional Speech,”91 Va. L. Rev. 1973 (2005).
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