Faculty Biography

Professor of Law

  • LLM, 1978, Harvard University
  • JD, 1971, University of Wisconsin
  • BA, 1968, University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

Professor Heiser teaches and writes in the areas of civil procedure, California civil procedure, international civil litigation, and federal jurisdiction.

Professional Experience

Heiser was associate director of the Legal Aid Society of St. Louis and a teaching fellow at Harvard University Law School. He has been a visiting professor of law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1978.

Honors and Affiliations

Heiser was the recipient of USD’s Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 1997, USD’s University Professorship in 2001, and USD’s Herzog Endowment Scholar Award in 1997. He is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Key Works

Heiser's publications include California Civil Procedure (Lexis Nexis, 2012); “Using Anti-Suit Injunctions to Prevent Interdictory Actions and to Enforce Choice of Court Agreements” in 2011 Utah Law Review 855 (2011); “The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: The Impact of Forum Non Conveniens, Transfer of Venue, Removal, and Recognition of Judgments in Courts in the United States” in 31 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1013 (2010); “Forum Non Conveniens and Retaliatory Legislation: The Impact on the Available Alternative Forum Inquiry and on the Desirability of Forum Non Conveniens as a Defense Tactic” in 56 Kansas Law Review 609 (2008); “A Minimum Interest Approach to Personal Jurisdiction” in 35 Wake Forest Law Review 915 (2000); and “Forum Selection Clauses in Federal Courts” in 45 Florida Law Review 554 (1993).

Fall 2017 Classes

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Contact Information

WH 211A
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-4691


Marina Gonzalez
(619) 260-4125

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Tue 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thu 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.