Richard Herbst is an accomplished individual in the legal and public service fields. After graduating from Notre Dame in 2004, where he studied psychology, film, television, and theater, he went on to attain his Doctor of Jurisprudence in Law from Yale Law School in 2007. During his time at Yale, he contributed to the Yale Law and Policy Review and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities as an editor, as well as working as a Teaching Fellow.
Following his tenure at Yale, Herbst studied at the University of Cambridge, where he earned his M.Phil in Criminological Research in 2008, focusing on animal fighting in modern history. Shortly after, Herbst gained experience working at a large law firm in Los Angeles and later on working with individuals who were victims of human rights violations in rural Iowa.
In his role as Assistant Director for Public Interest Law at the University of Notre Dame, Herbst has continued his commitment to public service, building a career on helping those without a voice. He is also a founding board member of Ultreia, a non-profit organization that provides legal services, advocacy, and support for migrants and refugees in Michiana. Some of his other notable experiences include working with AmeriCorps, Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns, the Pro Bono Network, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.