Faculty Biography

Gail Heriot

Professor of Law

  • JD, 1981, University of Chicago
  • BA, 1978, Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Heriot teaches and writes in the areas of civil rights, employment discrimination, product liability remedies, and torts.

Professional Experience

Heriot clerked for the Honorable Seymour F. Simon on the Illinois Supreme Court. Prior to entering academia, she practiced with Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago and Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C. She also served as civil rights counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary and as associate dean and professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law. She joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1989.

Honors and Affiliations

Heriot is currently a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif. She sits on the board of directors of the National Association of Scholars and the California Association of Scholars.

Key Works

Warning: Missing argument 6 for Scholarship::selectScholarshipList(), called in /monalisa/Users/ac/Sites/includes/law/php/detail.phpi on line 91 and defined in /monalisa/Users/ac/Sites/includes/law/php/scholarship.php on line 560

Heriot's publications include “Lights! Camera! Legislation!: Grandstanding Congress Set to Adopt Hate Crimes Bill that May Put Double Jeopardy Protections in Jeopardy” in 10 Engage 4 (2009); “Affirmative Action in American Law Schools” in 17 Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues 237 (2008); and “The Politics of Admissions in California” in 14 Academic Questions 29 (2001).

Spring 2016 Classes

Back to Faculty Listing

Gail Heriot headshot

Contact Information

Legal Research Center 317
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2331

Online Resources

Curriculum Vita
Publications on SSRN


Cecilia Salanger
(619) 260-2320