Richard S. Saver, JD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law
UNC School of Law
Professor (Secondary Appointment)
Social Medicine, UNC School of Medicine
5121 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, CB #3380
Chapel Hill, NC. 27599-3380


Professor Saver is the Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law. He is also professor (secondary appointment) in the Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine; and adjunct professor of health policy and management in the School of Public Health. He previously served as Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. The Order of the Barons honored him as Professor of the Year in 2003-04.

Following law school, Professor Saver clerked for Judge Eugene Wright on the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. After his clerkship, Professor Saver practiced in the health law department of McDermott, Will, & Emery in Washington, D.C. He then served as Associate General Counsel for the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System, working on a variety of regulatory, transactional, and patient-care issues. He also served as counsel to the University of Chicago's human subjects research review committee (the University's Institutional Review Board). Professor Saver also lectured on health law topics at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Professor Saver joined the UNC faculty after serving as Visiting Associate Professor of Law at UNC in the spring of 2009. His research interests include health law, nonprofit organizations, and torts. He has published articles in law reviews, medical journals, and other interdisciplinary publications. His co-authored book, HEALTH LAW AND BIOETHICS: CASES IN CONTEXT, a behind-the-scenes look at the leading cases in the annals of health law, was published by Aspen Publishers.

Professor Saver received the UNC School of Law's Chadbourn Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2012) for his law review article on health care reform and comparative effectiveness research. In addition, Professor Saver received the UNC School of Law's Robert G. Byrd Award (2015-2016) for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching.

Professor Saver received his B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard University in History and Science (Biology) and his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School. He was a member of the Stanford Law Review.


  • BA, History and Science (Biology), Harvard University, 1987
  • JD, Law, Stanford University, 1992