Lyrissa Lidsky has served as Dean of the University of Missouri School of Law since July 2017. Previously she was Associate Dean and Stephen C. O’Connell Professor at the University of Florida, where she received numerous teaching awards during her 23 years on the faculty.
Lidsky’s scholarship often focuses on Torts and First Amendment issues arising in social media contexts. She was recently named a Reporter, along with Professor Robert Post, of the new American Law Institute (ALI) Restatement of Torts: Defamation and Privacy. She is co-author of several casebooks, including a leading Media Law casebook, and has published dozens of other works on defamation, privacy, cyberbullying, and online incitement and threats, culminating in her recent article in California Law Review titled #I U: Considering the Context of Online Threats. Her work on anonymous speech has been cited by several state supreme courts and the highest courts of Canada and Hong Kong.
Lidsky clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her law degree from the University of Texas Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, both with high honors. She also was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University in England.