As a Visiting Assisting Professor of Naval Science at Rice University, Richard got his first taste of the college classroom from the perspective of the professor.  Following law school, Richard was named an Assistant Professor of Business at Northern Arizona University.  During his law career he continued to teach at Arizona State University’s Morrison School for Agribusiness and Resource Management, including courses in Advanced Principles of Management, Water Resources Management, and Agricultural Law.   


Richard has also contributed to the governance of graduate-level educational institutions through his board and committee memberships serving the School of Theology at Claremont, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and Church Divinity School of the Pacific.  He had particular interest in the academic affairs work at each school. 

In Fall 2017 Richard taught Agricultural Law at Arizona State University; it was the first time agricultural law was taught at a law school in Arizona.

Community Service & Involvement 


Commission on Excellence
     Mesa Community College


Claremont School of Theology
     Vice President

     Board of Trustees

East Valley Partnership
     President, 1991-1992;
     Director 1984-1996, 2005-2007

Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University

     Executive Committee

     Advisory Board member

Presentations and Publications

Use a People-Centered Approach, a commencement address delivered at Northern Arizona University, May 2015


Ethics and Sustainable Practices, a public lecture given at the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, April, 2013


Lessons Learned:  Changing Paradigms in Leadership,  delivered at the University of Arizona and at the Verde Valley Leadership Institute,  April, 2012


The Evolution of Environmental Ethics, University of Denver Water Law Review, Volume 2/Issue 1/Fall 1998.


Environmental Ethics. A presentation to the Arizona Water Law Seminar, August, 1998, sponsored by Continuing Legal Education International, Inc.