Hon. Gail Heriot

Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law

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

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.

Heriot graduated with highest distinction from Northwestern University andcum laude from the University of Chicago School of Law, where she was an editor for the University of Chicago Law Review. She sits on the board of directors of the National Association of Scholars, the California Association of Scholars, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Heriot is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.

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 2001 Academic Questions 29 (2001). As a frequent contributor to popular media outlets, she has written opinion essays including “The ABA’s ‘Diversity’ Diktat” inThe Wall Street Journal (April 28, 2008); “Hate Bill Threatens Innocent” in The Philadelphia Inquirer (July 22, 2009); and “Congress Tries to Break Hawaii in Two” in The Wall Street Journal (with Kirsanow) (February 28, 2010).


Education

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

Upcoming Events

Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
Executive Branch Review Project
May 7, 2014

Publications

Supreme Court Update: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
July 16, 2013
Fisher v. University of Texas - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-25-13 featuring Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow
June 25, 2013
Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 10-12-12 featuring Gail Heriot
October 12, 2012
Civil Rights in the Age of Obama - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights Practice Group
May 13, 2009
The Apology Resolutions and the Akaka Bill - Event Audio/Video
Third Annual Western Conference
January 24, 2009
Hate Crimes: What is the Proper Federal Role? - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups
May 8, 2008
SCOTUScast 6-29-07 featuring Gail Heriot
Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 and Meredith v. Jefferson County
June 29, 2007
Interview with The Honorable Edwin Meese, III - Event Audio
The Legacy of the Department of Justice Under Attorney General Edwin Meese, III
January 27, 2007
"Aloha!," Akaka Bill
October 1, 2006
Legislative Alert: The Kennedy Hate Crimes Prevention Act
Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 3, Winter 1998
December 1, 1998

Debates

Hate Crimes Legislation
August 17, 2009
Akaka Bill Debate
September 26, 2007