Edmund Ursin

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.

Professional Experience

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.

Key Works

Ursin's publications include “Holmes, Cardozo and the Legal Realists: Early Incarnations of Legal Pragmatism and Enterprise Liability” in 50 San Diego Law Review 537 (2013); The Politics of Protest (with Skolnick, et al. ) (New York University Press, 2010); “How Great Judges Think: Judges Richard Posner, Henry Friendly, and Roger Traynor on Judicial Lawmaking” in 57 Buffalo Law Review 1267 (2009); “The Deacademicification of Tort Theory” in 48 Kansas Law Review 59 (with Nolan) (1999); 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); and The Politics of Protest (with Skolnick, et al. ) (Simone Schuster, 1969).

Fall 2017 Classes

Spring 2018 Classes

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Contact Information

Warren Hall 210-B
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2349

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


Marina Gonzalez
(619) 260-4125

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Wed 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wed 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mon 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Mon 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.