Richard Hesse

Professor Emeritus
Office: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301
Richard A. Hesse

Programs offered by Richard A. Hesse all supported by the New Hampshire Humanities Council

Richard A. Hesse is an active participant in the civil rights movement nationally and in New Hampshire. He served as a member of the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission and twice received the Bill of Rights Award by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union. He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union as well as its legal counsel. He taught Constitutional Law, International Human Rights, Professional Responsibility and a Seminar on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Hesse remains active in the Civil Liberties Union and is working on a project to improve conditions in the New Hampshire prisons and houses of correction. He is a frequent speaker on Civil Liberties and National Security, Freedom of Speech, Religion and the Law and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a lecturer on the life of John Marshall.

“My professional experience in the law has focused on the impact of the law directly on individuals. After working in several legal services projects involving both consumer protection and problems of police-community relations in Philadelphia, I moved to a Boston-based national project where my work involved 'test-case' litigation and statutory reforms. Experiences as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate, witness in the legislative process, and expert witness in litigation have impressed upon me the need for a broad understanding of the legal process and the importance of honest and responsible performance by those who participate.”

  • BS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, Temple University
  • JD, Georgetown University