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 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.

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).

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

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Publications and Multimedia
The Second Amendment: Enforcing the Heller Decision - Event Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 23, 2016
Disparate Impact: Reducing Innovation in the Workplace? - Event Audio/Video
Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 20, 2016
Can college admissions consider race?
Short video featuring Gail Heriot discussing Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
December 04, 2015
Ferguson, Baltimore, and Criminal Justice Reform - Event Audio/Video
2015 National Lawyers Convention
November 18, 2015
Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2015? - Audio/Video
Co-Sponsored by the Faculty Division and the Practice Groups
September 30, 2015
Sexual Assault on Campus - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
Showcase Panel I: Youth, Employment, and the Law - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 14, 2014
What to do about Youth Unemployment? - Short Video
Short Video with Richard Epstein and Gail Heriot
November 13, 2014
Disparate Impact Analysis - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
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
Hate Crimes Legislation
Online Debate
August 17, 2009
Civil Rights in the Age of Obama - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights Practice Group and The Heritage Foundation
May 13, 2009
Hate Crimes: What is the Proper Federal Role? - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups and The Heritage Foundation
May 08, 2008
Akaka Bill Debate
Online Debate
September 26, 2007
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
The Coming Crisis in Citizenship - Event Audio
2007 Annual Faculty Conference
January 05, 2007
"Aloha!," Akaka Bill
October 01, 2006
Legislative Alert: The Kennedy Hate Crimes Prevention Act
Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 3, Winter 1998
December 01, 1998