- J.D., 1980, Notre Dame Law School, Summa Cum Laude
- B.A., 1977, Kenyon College, Summa Cum Laude
Areas of Expertise
- Antitrust, Bioethics, Constitutional Law, Religious Freedom
Professor Myers began his legal career clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C., focusing on antitrust law and appellate litigation. He began his teaching career at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before moving to Ann Arbor to help start Ave Maria School of Law. He has also taught as a visitor at Notre Dame Law School. Professor Myers is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and graduated first in his class from Notre Dame Law School. Professor Myers has published extensively on constitutional law in the law reviews of Catholic University, Case Western Reserve University, Notre Dame University, and Washington and Lee University. Professor Myers is the co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (2004). He is also the co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (original two volumes, 2007; 3rd volume 2012). He was the President of University Faculty for Life (2004-2011) and is now its Vice-President. He is the Executive Secretary of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.
Honors and Professional Affiliations
- Pope Pius XI Award from the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (2010).
- Books–Co-Editor, Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Michael L. Coulter, Stephen M. Krason, Richard s. Myers & Joseph A. Varacalli eds., 2007, 2012). Co-Editor, St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (John Goyette, Mark Latkovic & Richard Myers eds., 2004).
- The Virtue of Judicial Humilty, 13 Ave Maria L. Rev. 207 (2015).
- Re-Reading Roe v. Wade, 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1025 (2014).
- The Implications of Justice Kennedy’s Opinion in United States v. Windsor, 6 Elon L. Rev. 323 (2014).
- Same-Sex Marriage, Education, and Parental Rights, 2011 BYU Educ. & L. J. 303
- The Right to Conscience and the First Amendment, 9 Ave Maria L. Rev. 123 (2010).
- Pope John Paul II, Freedom, and Constitutional Law, 6 Ave Maria L. Rev. 61 (2007).
- The Public Policy Doctrine and Interjurisdictional Recognition of Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships, 3 Ave Maria L. Rev. 531 (2005).
- A Critique of John Noonan’s Approach to Development of Doctrine, 1 St. Thomas L. J. 285 (2003).
- Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Current legal Perspective, 1 Nat’l Cath. Bioethics Q. 345 (2001).
- The Supreme Court and the Privatization of Religion, 41 Cath. U. L. Rev. 19 (1991).
- The Implications of Obergefell v. Hodges for families, Faith, and the Future. Symposium at BYU Law School. Lecture entitled Obergefell and the Future of Substantive Due Process. October 12, 2015.
- University Faculty for Life Conference. Lecture entitled A Critique of Carter v. Canada. May 30, 2015.
- The Future of Families and of Family Law in America. Symposium at BYU Law School. Lecture entitled The Virtue of Judicial Humility. October 10, 2014.
- University Faculty for Life Conference. Lecture entitled Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the United States: A Current Legal Perspective. June 7, 2014.
- Symposium on Roe at 40—The Controversy Continues at Washington & Lee University School of Law. Lecture entitled Re-Reading Roe v. Wade. November 7, 2013.
- Symposium on The Implications of United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry for Family Law, Constitutional Law, Tax Law, and Society at Elon Law School. Lecture entitled The Implications of Justice Kennedy’s Opinion in United States v. Windsor. November 1, 2013.
- Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference. Lecture entitled A Catholic Perspective on Church and State. October 26, 2013.