Professor Leslie Kendrick is the vice dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, from which she received her law degree in 2006. She joined the school as a faculty member in 2008, after clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Hackett Souter and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III '72 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She received a B.A. in classics and English as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her master's and doctorate in English literature at the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Her scholarship, which aims to understand the big-picture questions about why we have freedom of speech, has appeared or is forthcoming in the Virginia, Harvard, Columbia and Michigan law reviews. She is past chair of the Torts and Compensation Systems Section of the Association of American Law Schools and is a member of the Harvard Higher Education Forum. In 2014, she received the Carl McFarland Prize for outstanding scholarship by a junior faculty member.