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Richard Creswell

Professor Richard Creswell

creswell Professor Emeritus



Dick Creswell has been a member of the Mercer law faculty since 1976. He currently teaches Torts, Torts II, Tort Law Seminar and Animal Law Seminar. He is the originator of our very successful Introduction to Law Study course, which he and five colleagues teach to first-year students in the first week of law school. Over the course of his career, Professor Creswell has served Mercer Law School in many capacities: as chair of the faculty’s Committee on Diversity, Curriculum Committee, Faculty Appointments Committee, and the Faculty Policy Committee. He has served as Associate Dean (1989-1993) and as Interim Dean (1993-1995) of Mercer Law School.

With Professors Lewis and Sammons, he served on the Woodruff Committee, which authored the award winning “Woodruff Curriculum.” Many features of the Woodruff Curriculum have shaped Mercer’s distinctive approach to legal education and its distinctive character as a small, student-centered law school. Professor Creswell has also provided leadership to Mercer University, serving as founding chair of the University’s Faculty House of Delegates. Before joining the law faculty, Dick Creswell was the Executive Director of the Tennessee Law Revision Commission. In that capacity he authored a proposed revision of that state’s criminal code and code of criminal procedure. The Supreme Court of Tennessee adopted the procedural proposals by court rule and much of the substantive criminal code proposal has been adopted by the Tennessee General Assembly. Professor Creswell served the Supreme Court of Georgia as Reporter of its Blue Ribbon Commission on the Judiciary in 2000. The work of that Commission is reported in Georgia Courts in the 21st Century, authored by Professor Creswell.

He is currently serving as a member of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Committee on Jury Composition. In the broader community, Creswell has served as a trustee on the boards of such varied organizations as Leadership Macon, the Ocmulgee Land Trust, the Macon Tennis Association, and the High Street Unitarian Universalist Church. Professor Creswell received his law degree in 1972 from Vanderbilt University, where he was Associate Editor for the Special Project of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He received his B.A. with High Honors in History from Emory University in 1969. Dick Creswell lives in Macon with his wife, Elise.

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