Richard Heppner, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Law

Office: Hanley Hall 231

Phone Number: 412.396.6289

E-Mail Address: heppnerr@duq.edu

Education: J.D., Harvard Law School
Ph.D., Tufts University
M.A., Tufts University
B.A., Kenyon College

Richard Heppner is an assistant professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law. He teaches civil procedure and his scholarly interests include civil procedure, constitutional law, appellate advocacy, law and literature, and legal writing.

Heppner is a former attorney at Reed Smith LLP in Pittsburgh, where he spent seven years as a member of the firm's Appellate Group with experience drafting briefs and handling appeals in state and federal appellate courts around the country. His experience also includes serving as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for Judge Nora Barry Fischer, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. 

Heppner earned his J.D. from Harvard University. He was notes and comments editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and a teaching fellow for a college constitutional history course. Heppner also earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from Tufts University. His literary scholarship and dissertation addressed the interplay of British modernist literature and literary theory. He taught English literature and writing at various colleges and universities in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania before attending law school.  He earned his undergraduate degree in English literature from Kenyon College.  

Heppner is a Pittsburgh native. He lives in the East End with his wife, who is a college professor.

 

 

 

  • Civil Procedure and Drafting (Fall 2018/Spring 2019/Fall 2019/Spring 2020)
  • Antitrust (Spring 2020)

CHAPTER IN A BOOK/TREATISE

“Federal Court Certification of State Law Questions” Third Circuit Appellate Practices Manual (PBI Press Third Edition 2016) (with Kim Watterson).

  • “Understanding Standing After Spokeo v. Robins” The Legal Intelligencer, June 22, 2016.  
  • “Judicial Factfinding on Appeal: Seeking Clarity in an Information Age” Certworthy – DRI – The Voice of The Defense Bar, April 22, 2016 (with James Martin, Colin Wrabley, Patrick Yingling).  
  • “Making Sense of Class Actions After Braun and Dukes” The Legal Intelligencer, February 11, 2015 (with Kim Watterson).  
  • Minimizing the Potential Risks of Multiparty Arbitration” The Legal Intelligencer, January 29, 2014 (with Kim Watterson).  
  • “Who Says When Litigation Waives the Right to Arbitrate?” Law360, January 16, 2014.  
  • “6th Circ. Gives Courts Say On Classwide Arbitrability” Law360, December 18, 2013 (with Kim Watterson).  
  • “Third Circuit Grapples With Privilege and Appellate Jurisdiction” March 20, 2013 (with Colin Wrabley, Aditya Nagarajan).  
  • “Revised Removal Statutes – Possibilities, Pitfalls: Part 1” Law360, February 3, 2012 (with Colin Wrabley).
  • “Policy Disagreements with the United States Sentencing Guidelines: A Welcome Expansion of Judicial Discretion or the Beginning of the End of the Sentencing Guidelines?” 50 Duquesne Law Review Vol. 1, Winter 2012 (with Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman).

U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania - Admitted

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - Admitted

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - Admitted

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit - Admitted

Pennsylvania Bar - Admitted

Massachusetts Bar - Admitted

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed Assistant Law Professor Richard Heppner Read More »

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Duquesne University School of Law will host this year's Mon River Colloquium, an annual event for Read More »

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Book Chapters

Federal Court Certification of State Law Questions

Richard L. Heppner Jr., Federal Court Certification of State Law Questions, Third Circuit Appellate Practices Manual (PBI Press Third Edition forthcoming 2016) (with Kim Watterson).

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Articles

Statutory Damages and Standing After Spokeo v. Robins

Richard Heppner, Statutory Damages and Standing After Spokeo v. Robins, 9 ConLawNOW 125-137 (2018).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3191892
Understanding Standing After Spokeo v. Robins

Richard Heppner, Understanding Standing After Spokeo v. Robins, The Legal Intelligencer, June 22, 2016.

https://www.law.com/thelegalintelligencer/almID/1202760588959/?slreturn=20171022...
Judicial Factfinding on Appeal: Seeking Clarity in an Information Age

Richard Heppner, Judicial Factfinding on Appeal: Seeking Clarity in an Information Age, Certworthy – DRI – The Voice of The Defense Bar, April 22, 2016 (with James Martin, Colin Wrabley, Patrick Yingling).

http://portal.criticalimpact.com/newsletter/newslettershow5.cfm?contentonly=1&co...
Making Sense of Class Actions After Braun and Dukes

Richard Heppner, Making Sense of Class Actions After Braun and Dukes, Legal Intelligencer, February 11, 2015 (with Kim Watterson).

Minimizing the Potential Risks of Multiparty Arbitration

Richard Heppner, Minimizing the Potential Risks of Multiparty Arbitration, Legal Intelligencer, January 29, 2014 (with Kim Watterson).

Who Says When Litigation Waives the Right to Arbitrate?

Richard Heppner, Who Says When Litigation Waives the Right to Arbitrate?, Law360, January 16, 2014.

6th Circ. Gives Courts Say On Classwide Arbitrability

Richard Heppner, 6th Circ. Gives Courts Say On Classwide Arbitrability, Law360, December 18, 2013 (with Kim Watterson).

Third Circuit Grapples With Privilege and Appellate Jurisdiction

Richard Heppner, Third Circuit Grapples With Privilege and Appellate Jurisdiction, March 20, 2013 (with Colin Wrabley, Aditya Nagarajan).

Policy Disagreements with the United States Sentencing Guidelines: A Welcome Expansion of Judicial Discretion or the Beginning of the End of the Sentencing Guidelines?

Richard Heppner, Policy Disagreements with the United States Sentencing Guidelines: A Welcome Expansion of Judicial Discretion or the Beginning of the End of the Sentencing Guidelines?, 50 Duq. L.Rev. (Winter 2012) (with Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman).

Revised Removal Statutes – Possibilities, Pitfalls: Part 1

Richard Heppner, Revised Removal Statutes – Possibilities, Pitfalls: Part 1, Law360, February 3, 2012 (with Colin Wrabley).

Mrs. Dalloway’s Invitation

Richard Heppner, Mrs. Dalloway’s Invitation, Virginia Woolf Miscellany Vol. 65, Spring 2004.

Modernism and as the Extreme

Richard Heppner, Modernism and as the Extreme, New Modernisms 4, Modernist Studies Association, 2002.

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Presentations

What We Talk About When We Talk About Law: Foregrounding Metaphors in Judicial Opinions

Richard Heppner, What We Talk About When We Talk About Law: Foregrounding Metaphors in Judicial Opinions, presentation at Mon River Colloquium (April 3, 2018).

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