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Richard J. Peltz-Steele is a professor teaching media law topics including torts and freedom of information. He chairs institutional planning and accreditation at UMass Law and serves on the University Strategic Planning Committee.
Peltz-Steele received his law degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s in journalism and Spanish from Washington & Lee University. Peltz-Steele has won awards in teaching, research, and public service. He practiced commercial law in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and taught law for more than thirteen years before coming to UMass Law.
Peltz-Steele is author or co-author of qualitative and quantitative research articles in law and mass communication journals, as well as book chapters, a treatise in the law and mass communication field, a casebook in tort law, and a casebook in freedom of information law and policy. He is especially active in international media law and policy, having presented papers in Ireland, Malaysia, and South Africa, and having published in international and foreign journals, most recently regarding privacy regulation in the European Union and indigenous identity in news reporting. He serves in various capacities for the American Bar Association, including vice chair for the International Committee of the Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section.