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Larry J. Ritchie

Larry J. Ritchie
Professor of Law
Director of Competitions

LL.M., Georgetown University
J.D., University of South Carolina
A.B., University of South Carolina

Contact:
401-254-4635

Professor Larry Ritchie is a master teacher of Torts, Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, and Evidence at RWU.  While teaching at Georgetown Law School, he frequently served as court-appointed criminal defense or appellate counsel in the District of Columbia trial and appellate courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the D.C. and Fourth Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  His U.S. Supreme court case U.S. v. Hale remains a staple in many criminal procedure textbooks.

Professor Ritchie spent many years in private practice both as a sole practitioner and as a member of the law firm Geltner & Ritichie in Washington, D.C.  His practice covered a wide variety of litigation including products liability, professional malpractice, personal injury, and criminal defense.  During the 1980’s, Professor Ritchie served as the Director of an asbestos litigation unit while at the law office of Peter G. Angelos in Baltimore, Md.

Additionally, he served as the managing editor for the Trial Practice Series of publications at the Bureau of National Affairs in Washington, D.C.  He continues his professional involvement in the legal community through his work with the City of Providence Pension and Retirement Board and his work with the Advisory Committee on the Rhode Island Superior Court Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Selected Publications

Books

BNA Criminal Practice Manual (Washington, DC: Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., 1987)

BNA Civil Trial Manual (Washington, DC: Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., 1985)

Articles

Justice in Rhode Island: Edson Toro and Procedural Default, 9 Roger Williams University Law Review 455 (2004)

The RICO Exception: Any Statement, by Any Member, at Any Time, Can Be Used Against You,  1 Criminal Justice Weekly 297 (August 1999)

Compulsion Which Violates the Fifth Amendment: The Burger Court's Definition, 61 Minnesota Law Review 383 (1977)

The Federal Escape Act: What Custody Necessary to Constitute Crime of Escape, 17 South Carolina Law Review 568 (1965)