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Richard Perna

Professor Emeritus


School of Law


Email: Richard Perna
Phone: 937-229-4507
454 Keller Hall


Richard Perna joined the School of Law faculty in 1982. He was the director of the Law Clinic for five years and previously served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1992 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2011. 

After graduating from Villanova University School of Law in 1975, Dean Perna joined the Community Legal Services, Inc., of Philadelphia as a staff attorney. He later became a managing supervising attorney at the firm. In 1979 he began his teaching career at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law as a lecturer and clinical supervisor before coming to the University of Dayton.

Professor Perna retired from the University of Dayton School of Law in December 2016.

Courses Taught

LAW 6101 Civil Practice and Procedure
LAW 6200 ADR for the Litigator
LAW 6840 Employment Law


J.D., Villanova University, 1975
B.A. cum laude, Villanova University, 1971

Areas of Law

Employment Law
Civil Procedure

Selected Publications

Deceitful Employers: Intentional Misrepresentation in Hiring and the Employment at Will Doctrine, The Kansas Law Review (2006)

Deceitful Employers: Common Law Fraud as a Mechanism to Remedy Intentional Employer Misrepresentation in Hiring, Williamette Law Review (2005)

Rights of Putative Fathers to Custody and Visitation, Complete Revision, Child Custody and Visitation Law (Matthew Bender, 1995 Ed. Rev. 2000)