Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
"The law is as fascinating as the nearly infinite variety of human interactions that it governs. It is a delight as well as a privilege to help students prepare themselves to navigate the legal complexities of those interactions."
Rick Graves joined Chase after eight years as a litigator and nine years on the faculty of Stetson University College of Law. He earned his initial law degree from Tulane Law School, where served as an editor of the Tulane Law Review, won the Gertler Award for the best casenote of his Review class, and won all three of the individual intraschool advocacy competitions. He also holds a Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property and another in International Law and Business.
His practice areas included intellectual property, contracts, products liability, insurance, and appeals. He served as a judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Henry A. Mentz, Jr., as a Master of the Judge John M. Scheb Inn of Court, and as Editor-in-Chief of the third edition of the Texas Bar's legal ethics treatise. He has also served as a Continuing Legal Education instructor for both the University of Houston Law Foundation and the National Law Foundation. His work for the NLF includes multi-volume videos on advanced topics in torts, conflict of laws, and legal ethics. He also created the format of the National Pretrial Competition and wrote its inaugural problem sets.
His publications include Globalization, Treaty Powers, and the Limits of the Intellectual Property Clause, 50 Copyright Soc'y U.S.A. 199 (2003), for which he won the 2003 Charles B. Seaton award.
- Intellectual Property Survey
- Legal Analysis and Problem Solving
- Legal Writing
- Patent Law
ABA Negotiation Competition Problem Set for the National Championship ("Small Business Ventures" 2013).
ABA Negotiation Competition Problem Set for the Regional Championships ("Small Business Ventures" 2012).