Gail Heriot

Gail Heriot
Phone: (619) 260-2331
Office: Pardee Legal Research Center 317

Lois Zvolensky
(619) 260-4179

Professor of Law

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

Areas of Expertise

Employment and Labor Law, Products Liability, Torts, Civil Rights

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.

Scholarly Work

  • “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)
  • “The Politics of Admissions in California” in 14 Academic Questions 29 (2001)
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