Leslie Kendrick joined the UVA Law faculty in 2008. Her work focuses on torts, property rights and freedom of expression, particularly the scope and structure of free speech rights. She teaches courses in torts, property and constitutional law. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Virginia Law Review and Legal Theory.
Kendrick is past chair of the AALS Section on Torts and Compensation Systems and a member of the Harvard Higher Education Forum. In 2014, she received UVA’s Carl McFarland Prize for outstanding scholarship by a junior faculty member.
Kendrick received a B.A. in classics and English as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her master's and doctorate in English literature at the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. In law school at UVA, she served as essays development editor for the Virginia Law Review and received the Margaret G. Hyde Award, the Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarship, the Law School Alumni Association Best Note Award, the Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, the Food & Drug Law Institute H. Thomas Austern Short Paper Award, and the Virginia State Bar Family Law Book Award. Before joining the faculty, Kendrick clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice David Hackett Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States.