Professor of Law
- JD, 1967, Stanford University
- AB, 1964, Stanford University
Areas of Expertise
Professor Ursin teaches and writes in the areas of torts, tort theory, and jurisprudence.
Ursin was an attorney for three years in the Honors Program of the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force. During this time he also served as assistant general counsel, Task Force on Protest, National Commission of the Causes and Prevention of Violence. He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law from 1970-75 and joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1975.
Honors and Affiliations
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction and honors in economics from Stanford University, Ursin studied law at Stanford, where he was the recent developments editor of the Stanford Law Review. He was named a USD University Professor in 1996 and the law school's Class of 1975 Endowed Chair from 2001 to 2005. Ursin is a member of the Order of the Coif.
Ursin’s publications include "How Great Judges Think: Judges Richard Posner, Henry Friendly, and Roger Traynor on Judicial Lawmaking" in 57 Buffalo Law Review 1267 (2009); Understanding Enterprise Liability: Rethinking Tort Reform for the Twenty-First Century (with Nolan) (Temple University Press, 1995); Pollution and Policy (with Krier) (University of California Press, 1977); The Politics of Protest (with Skolnick, et al.) (Simone Schuster, Clarion Books, and Brilliantine Books, 1969; and New York University Press, 2010); "The Missing Normative Dimension in Brian Leiter's 'Reconstructed' Legal Realism" in 49 San Diego Law Review 1 (2012); "Clarifying the Normative Dimension of Legal Realism: The Example of Holmes’s The Path of the Law" in 49 San Diego Law Review (forthcoming, 2012); and "The Deacademicification of Tort Theory" in 48 Kansas Law Review 59 (with Nolan) (1999).