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Julie A. Nice

Herbst Foundation Professor of Law, and Dean's Circle Scholar

Professor Julie A. Nice joined the USF faculty in 2009 as the Herbst Foundation Professor of Law. She has received 12 awards for her law teaching, including the 2012 Distinguished Professor Award at USF. Nice focuses her scholarly work on constitutional law, poverty law, and sexuality law. She is the lead author of Poverty Law: Theory and Practice, and has written numerous articles. Nice previously served as the Delaney Professor of Law at the University of Denver, where she received numerous Professor of the Year for Teaching Excellence awards as well as the alumni's Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award and the university's William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award. She previously taught as a clinical fellow at Northwestern University School of Law and as a visiting professor at University of Michigan School of Law and University of Connecticut School of Law. Before she began teaching, she was a public interest litigator at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago.

Education
  • BS, Northwestern University
  • JD, Northwestern University
Prior Experience
  • Professor, University of Denver School of Law
  • Fellow, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Visiting Professor, University of Michigan School of Law
  • Visiting Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Trial Lawyer, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
Awards
  • Distinguished Professor Award, USF School of Law (2010, 2011, and 2012)
  • Best Equality Essay, Jotwell (2011)
TitleOutletsDate
Broadcast on the Denial of a Court Review for a KTVU ReporterKCBS Radio10/06/14
"'Best' Law Professors"The National Law Journal09/30/14
"Professor Kingsfield Couldn't Cut It Today"The National Law Journal09/29/14
Broadcast on Supreme Court Hold on Utah's Gay Marriage RulingKGO Radio News01/06/14
Broadcast on Abortion Ruling in TexasKCBS Radio10/28/13
KCBS In Depth - The Supreme Court's Recent Cases and Decisions with USF Law Professor Julie NiceKCBS Radio10/14/13
"9th District Court of Appeals Case on Striking Juror Based on Sexual Orientation"KCBS News/Information09/17/13
"And Marriage Makes Three: A Gay Rights Trilogy Secures a Legacy"
The Huffington Post
07/03/13
"Suppression Laws Flourish After Death of Voting Rights Act"Lawyers.com07/01/13
"Gay Marriage Opponents Ask Court to Intervene"ABC 7 News06/29/13
"Love Reigns In SF City Hall As Same-Sex Marriage Stay Lifted, Weddings Begin"The San Francisco Appeal06/29/13
"9th Circuit Court of Appeals Lifts Stay on Same-Sex Marriage"KCBS Radio06/28/13
"Who Can Defend Initiatives? High Courts Disagree"Daily Journal06/27/13
"Prop. 8 Case was Once Seen as a Supreme Court Long Shot"San Jose Mercury News, Alameda Times-Star, Oakland Tribune, and others06/27/13
Live Broadcast Regarding Upcoming Supreme Court DesicisionsABC 7 News06/26/13
Interview with Prof. Julie Nice on KCBS RadioKCBS Radio06/26/13
Broadcast on Recent Supreme Court DecisionsABC 7 News06/26/13
Live Broadcast Analyzing Supreme Court's DOMA DecisionABC 7 News06/26/13
Broadcast on Supreme Court Rulings Regarding Marriage EqualityKPIX-TV (CBS San Francisco)06/26/13
"Marriage Ruling Raises Ballot Measure Questions"San Jose Mercury News, Associated Press06/26/13
Broadcast about Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Affirmative Action
KLIV 1590 AM
06/25/13
"Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights Act to Affect California Counties"KQED News06/25/13
"Yellow Light, But No Stop Sign, for Affirmative Action this Time"USF School of Law Faculty Blog06/25/13
"California Supreme Court Allows Cities to Ban Weed Dispensaries"San Jose Mercury News, The Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, and others05/07/13
"North Dakota Targets 'Roe v. Wade'"Bloomberg Businessweek04/18/13
"Abortion Overshadows Oil Boom as North Dakota Aims to Topple Roe"Bloomberg04/14/13
"Same-Sex Marriage in U.S. Supreme Court: Justices as Split as Rest of the Country on the Issue"San Jose Mercury News03/30/13
"Gay Marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court: Don't Look for Sweeping Rulings"San Jose Mercury News03/28/13
"Prop. 8 Ruling Could be Limited"San Francisco Chronicle03/27/13
"US Supreme Court Appears To Favor Cautious Approach, Narrow Ruling On Prop 8"The San Francisco Appeal03/26/13
"USF Law Professor Julie Nice Comments on Same-Sex Marriage & Supreme Court"KPIX-SF (CBS), KTVU-SF (FOX), KGO-SF (ABC)03/25/13
"California's Medical Pot Wars Spark Up Again"San Jose Mercury News02/04/13
"Federalism Concerns in DOMA Litigation"University of Pittsburgh's JURIST08/01/12
"The Price of Minimalism: Same-Sex Marriage and Judicial Confusion"University of Pittsburgh's JURIST07/31/12
"Is Golinski a Watershed Decision?"Hunter of Justice03/13/12
"Attempting to Preserve Equal Protection for Gays and Lesbians"University of Pittsburgh's JURIST03/12/12
"Prop. 8: Supreme Court May Redefine Gay Rights"San Francisco Chronicle02/12/12
"USF Professor Analyzes Prop. 8 Ruling"CBS 5 Eyewitness News at 6 p.m02/07/12
"Professor Weighs in on Next Legal Step in Prop. 8 Case"KRON 4 Evening News02/07/12
Broadcast on the issue of standing in Prop. 8 caseKRON 4 Evening News11/17/11
"Julie Nice on CLS v. Martinez, the First Amendment, and Equality"Constitutional Law Prof Blog09/09/11
"Battle of Hastings"Jotwell09/09/11
Interview on Prop. 8 and the California Supreme CourtKNX radio02/17/11
Interview on the California Supreme Court and legal standing for Prop. 8KCBS Radio02/16/11
"California High Court Won't Order Prop. 8 Appeal"Courthouse News Service09/09/10
Broadcast on appeal to Proposition 8 ruling and concept of standingKPSP Local 2 Morning News (Palm Springs, Calif., CBS), Channel 3 Eyewitness News (Idaho Falls, Idaho, CBS)08/13/10
Broadcast on constitutional standing and Proposition 8NBC Bay Area News at 4:3008/13/10
"Proposition 8 Supporters' Face Rocky Road"San Francisco Examiner08/13/10
Broadcast on Proposition 8 battleKRON 4 News Daybreak at 5:30 a.m.08/13/10
Radio broadcast on same-sex marriages resumingMorning Edition (NPR)08/13/10
"Analysis: Stay Lifted, But Same-Sex Marriages May Not Happen Soon"Bay City News Service08/12/10
Radio broadcast on Judge Walker's decision to place hold on gay marriages until Aug. 18KCBS Radio08/12/10
Broadcast on lifting the temporary stay of Proposition 8 rulingKRON 4 Morning News08/12/10
"Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Clock for Same-Sex Marriage Decision"KTVU Channel 2 News08/12/10
Broadcast on constitutional standing in same-sex marriage caseNBC Bay Area News at 4:3008/12/10
Radio broadcast on overturning of Proposition 8All Things Considered (NPR)08/12/10
"Anti-Gay Groups Plan to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Decision, But Will Courts Allow That?SF Appeal08/12/10
"Proposition 8 Lawyers Appeal to Block Weddings"CBS 5 Eyewitness News08/12/10
Radio broadcast on anticipated announcement by Judge Walker on whether there will be a hold on gay marriagesKCBS Radio08/11/10
Broadcast about Proposition 8 and future court rulingsCBS Morning News08/09/10
"Delaying Gay Marriages After Prop. 8 was Overturned is Unconstitutional, Couples Say"Courthouse News Service08/09/10
Broadcast on Proposition 8 and future court rulingsCBS Evening News, Saturday Edition08/07/10
Radio broadcast on the overturning of Proposition 8The Bill Press Show08/06/10
Broadcast on caution exercised by Judge Vaughn WalkerKRON 4 News Daybreak at 5:30 a.m.08/06/10
Radio broadcast on Proposition 8 and the U.S. Supreme CourtMorning Briefing (10 a.m., POTUS National Programming)08/06/10
Radio broadcast on Proposition 8 and filed appealMorning Briefing (10 a.m., POTUS National Programming)08/06/10
Radio broadcast on Proposition 8 ruling and expected appeal Morning Briefing (8 a.m., POTUS National Programming)08/06/10
Radio broadcast on appeal to Proposition 8 ruling The Stephanie Miller Show08/06/10
"First Person: The Future of Proposition 8"Associated Press08/05/10
Broadcast on Proposition 8 ruling that permits gay marriageCBS 5 Eyewitness News at 4 p.m.08/05/10
Broadcast on Proposition 8 ruling, marriage, and legal rights08/05/10
Broadcast on Proposition 8 and temporary stay against performing same-sex marriagesKTLA Morning News08/05/10
Broadcast on Proposition 8 ruling and the U.S. Supreme CourtKTVU Morning News Early Edition08/05/10
Broadcast on reaction to Proposition 8 rulingMornings on Two08/05/10
Broadcast on Proposition 8 rulingCBS 2 News (Los Angeles)08/04/10
"Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional"CBS 5 Eyewitness News at 6 p.m.08/04/10
Broadcast on court ruling that states same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional CBS 5 Eyewitness News at 11 p.m.08/04/10
Debate on Proposition 8CBS 5 Eyewitness News at 6 p.m.08/04/10
Radio broadcast on ruling that deemed Proposition 8 unconstitutionalEvening Drive Time08/04/10
"Long Legal Road Ahead in Same-Sex Battle"KTVU Channel 2 News08/04/10
Radio broadcast on Proposition 8 ruling and appeal processThe Ron and Don Show (Seattle/Tacoma)08/04/10
Radio broadcast on gay marriage rulingWTOP-FM News (CBS)08/04/10
Broadcast on gay rights activists' plans to abandon Proposition 8 challenge
News 10 at Noon KTVL-TV CBS (Medford/Klammath Falls)
04/13/10
Broadcast on announcement by gay rights activists to abandon plans to challenge Proposition 8 in the 2010 election
Bay Area News at 7 on KICU-TV San Francisco
04/12/10
"Gay Marriage Ban Repeal Fails to Make Ballot"The Ten O'Clock News on KTVU-TV Fox (San Francisco)
04/12/10
Radio broadcast on whether ban on gay marriage will stand after rulingKCBS Radio03/30/10
Broadcast on Litigation Developments Related to Same-Sex MarriageKCBS News/Information02/11/10
"Proposition 8 Trial at a Crossroads"
San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Alameda Times-Star, San Mateo County Herald
01/24/10
"Proposition 8 Trial Underway"KCBS Radio01/11/10
Broadcast on Proposition 8 trialKCBS Radio01/11/10
"Obama Moves to Repeal Same Sex Marriage Ban"KFSN ABC 30 (Fresno), KGTV ABC 10 News at 5 (San Diego), KOFY ABC 7 News at 9, KGO ABC 7 News at 11, KGO ABC 7 News at 5, KGO ABC 7 News at 6 (San Francisco)08/17/09
"Our Nation Unhinged - Book Review"08/01/09
"Nation's Eyes on State After Prop. 8 Ruling" "Nation's Eyes on State After Prop. 8 Ruling"05/28/09
"California's married gays vow to fight for equal rights for those shut out"Los Angeles Times05/27/09
"Pushing the Envelope"OutNow Magazine04/01/09
"Prop. 8 Argument"KCBS Radio03/05/09
"Gay & Lesbian Community"KFOG's Beat of the Bay (with Peter Finch)02/28/09
"Gay & Lesbian Community"KFOG's Beat of the Bay (with Peter Finch)02/28/09
"Courting Marriage Equality"Bay Area Reporter11/20/08
Books
  • Poverty Law: Thoery and Practice (Eagan, Minn.: West, 1997).
Law Review and Journal Articles
  • "The Responsibility of Victory: Managing the Stratifying State's Subordination of LGBT Youth," Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review (2014).
  • "Whither the Canaries?: On the Exclusion of Poor People from Equal Constitutional Protection," 60 Drake Law Review (2012).
  • "The Descent of the Responsible Procreation: A Genealogy of an Ideology," 45 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 781 (2012). SSRN
  • "How Equality Constitutes Liberty: The Alignment of CLS v. Martinez," 38 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 681 (2011). SSRN
  • "Forty Years of Welfare Policy Experimentation: No Acres, No Mule, No Politics, No Rights," 4 Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy 1 (2009). SSRN
  • "No Scrutiny Whatsoever: Deconstitutionalization of Poverty Law, Dual Rules of Law, and Dialogic Default," 35 Fordham Urban Law Journal 629 (2008). SSRN
  • "Promoting Marriage Experimentation: A Class Act?" 24 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 31 (2007). SSRN
  • "Equal Protection's Antinomies and the Promise of a Co-Constitutive Approach," 85 Cornell Law Review (2000). SSRN
  • "The Emerging Third Strand in Equal Protection Jurisprudence: Recognizing the Co-Constitutive Nature of Rights and Classes," University of Illinois Law Review 101 (1999). (Reprinted in Civil Rights Litigation Annual Handbook, 2000.) SSRN
Book Contributions
  • "A Sweeping Refusal of Equal Protection: Dandridge v. Williams," in The Poverty of Law Canon  (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming).
  • "Poverty as an Everyday State of Exception," in Accumulating Insecurity: Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life edited by Shelley Feldman, Charles Geisler, and Gayatri A. Menon (University of Georgia Press, 2011). SSRN
Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts
Other Publications
    Briefs
      Court Citation of Research
        Presentations
        • Presenter, "Protecting the Rights of Students and Student Organizations in Public Schools," "American Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Webinar," (June 2014).
        • Presenter, "Coding, Mapping, and Mashing Up: Analytical Collaboration in Action," Northwestern University School of Law and Institute for Law Teaching "What the Best Law Teachers Do conference," Chicago, Ill. (June 2014).
        • Presenter, "Race, Class, and the Legal Perpetuation of Subordination: Historical Reflections and Modern Trends," "Law and Society Association Annual Meeting," Minneapolis, Minn. (May 2014).
        • Moderator, "Presentation as part of Author-Meets-Reader panel on Ruthann Robson’s book 'Dressing Constitutionally'," Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (May 2014).
        • Presenter, "What Is Sexuality Law? The Linkages between Sex, Gender, Sexual Orientation and Reproductive Justice," University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, Calif. (March 2014).
        • Panelist, "Segregation after Brown v. Board of Education: The Issue of Self-Segregation in Today's Society," University of San Francisco School of Law "Student Bar Association Diversity Committee," San Francisco, Calif. (February 2014).
        • Presenter, "The Constitutional Rights of LGBT Youth in Public Schools," American Bar Association Conference, Chicago, Ill. (February 2014).
        • Presenter, "A Conversation about Vulnerability and Law," University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, Calif. (February 2014).
        • Presenter, "The Intersection between LGBT and Reproductive Rights," The West Regional Conference of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, San Francisco, Calif. (January 2014).
        • Presenter, "'Marriage, Momentum, and More' PrideLaw," University of San Francisco, "Prop. 8 Update," San Francisco, Calf. (November 2013).
        • Presenter, "The Hardening of Stratification within Legal Education," Southwestern Law School, "ClassCrits Conference," Los Angeles, Calif. (November 2013).
        • Presenter, "Class, Sexuality, Youth, and the Role of the State," LGBT Youth: Reconciling Pride, Family, and Community, Philadelphia, Pa. (October 2013).
        • Presenter, "The Legacy of Dandridge v. Williams," Symposium on Poverty Law: Cases, Teaching, and Scholarship, Washington D.C. (October 2013).
        • Presenter, "The Constitutional Implications of Cyberbullying Laws," American Bar Association Teleconference, (September 2013).
        • Presenter, "Considering Religious Exemptions in the Context of Constitutional Commitments to Liberty and Equality," National LGBT Bar Association, "Lavender Law Conference," San Francisco, Calif. (August 2013).
        • Panelist, "The Poverty State," Law and Society Association, "Annual Meeting," Boston, Mass. (May 2013).
        • Presenter, "Equality before the Supreme Court: United States v. Windsor and the Defense of Marriage Act," University of San Francisco Pride Law Association, (April 2013).
        • Presenter, "Affirmative Action After Fisher v. University of Texas," University of San Francisco American Constitution Society, Black Law Students Association, and La Raza Students Association, (February 2013). (Co-presented with Professor John Adler.)
        • Moderator, "Affirmative Action: Beyond the Classroom," University of San Francisco Law Review Symposium, "The Future of Affirmative Action After Fisher," (February 2013).
        • Presenter, "Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall: Exploring Diversity Through the Lens of Intersectionality," University of San Francisco School of Law Student Bar Association's Diversity Week, (January 2013).
        • Presenter, "The Price of No Rights," University of Wisconsin Law School ClassCrits V Workshop, "From Madison to Zuccotti Park: Confronting Class and Reclaiming the American Dream," Madison, Wis. (November 2012).
        • Presenter, "The Season for Gay Rights? A Discussion of Emerging Constitutional Law," Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center, "Elizabeth J. Cabraser 2012 Summer Brown Bag Lectures in Public Interest Law," San Francisco, Calif. (July 2012). (Co-presented with Amy Whelan and Claudia Center via Skype.)
        • Moderator, "Comparative Mobilization for LGBT Rights," 2012 International Conference on Law and Society, Honolulu, Hawaii (June 2012).
        • Moderator, "Economic Injustice and Momentary Unrest," 2012 International Conference on Law and Society, Honolulu, Hawaii (June 2012).
        • Presenter, "Fisher v. Texas: The End of Affirmative Action?" American Constitution Society Panel, University of San Francisco School of Law (April 2012).
        • Presenter, "Whither the Canaries?" Drake Law School 2012 Constitutional Law Center Symposium, "Constitutionalism and the Poor," Des Moines, Iowa (April 2012).
        • Presenter, "Systematic Barriers to Justice for the New Poor," 14th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat, "Fighting Poverty and Inequality: Social Justice Lawyering in a Time of Change," San Francisco, Calif. (March 2012).
        • Panelist, "Beyond Prop 8—A Discussion of the Current Legal Treatment of Same-Sex Partners and Spouses," University of San Francisco School of Law (January 2012).
        • Presenter, "The Ideology of Responsible Procreation: Producing LGBT Identity," Loyola Law School's Symposium "LGBT Identity and the Law," Los Angeles, Calif. (October 2011).
        • Presenter, "The Multiplier Effect of Public Interest Law Teaching and Lawyering," Bluhm Legal Clinic Open House, Northwestern University's 2011 Alumni Community Day, Chicago, Ill. (October 2011).
        • Presenter, "Whither the Canaries?" American University, Washington College of Law's "Criminalizing Economic Inequality," Washington, D.C. (September 2011).
        • Presenter, "Successes and Failures of Mobilization by Non-State Legal Actors," Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, San Francisco, Calif. (June 2011).
        • Presenter, "An Introduction to Constitutional Law in the United States," University of San Francisco School of Law "Lecture for Thai Students Visiting USF," (April 2011).
        • Presenter, "Public Interest Law at USF," University of San Francisco School of Law "Spring Reception for Admitted Students," (April 2011). (Nice co-presented with Carmen Franklin, a USF School of Law student.)
        • Presenter, "Social Welfare Rights," Global Poverty Panel and Hunger Banquet, University of San Francisco School of Law, (February 2011).
        • Presenter, "Beyond Equality," Fourth West Coast Law and Society Retreat at Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, Calif. (February 2011).
        • Moderator, "Prop 8 Update," University of San Francisco School of Law Panel, (November 2010).
        • Presenter, "The Constitution on Campus: The Case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez," UC Hastings College of Law Symposium, sponsored by the UC Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, San Francisco, Calif. (October 2010).
        • Presenter, "A Comparative Consideration of Social Welfare Rights," 2010 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association "Motherhood, Welfare, and Work," Chicago, Ill. (May 2010). (Nice developed a new course on this topic that she taught abroad in June 2010.)
        • Presenter, "What the 'Responsible Procreation' Canard Reveals About How Rights Matter," University of San Francisco Law Review Symposium "The Future of Same-Sex Marriage," (February 2010).
        • Presenter, University of San Francisco School of Law Constitution Day, (September 2009). (Prof. Nice discussed the U.S. Supreme Court selection process and Justice Sonia Sotomayor with professors John Adler and Maria Ontiveros)
        • Presenter, "Prop. 8, Rights Stripping, and Marriage Mobilization," 2009 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association "Law, Power, and Inequality in the 21st Century," Denver, Colo. (May 2009).
        • Presenter, "The War on Welfare: Securing Insecurity," Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (April 2009).
        • Moderator, "From Gay to Questioning: The True Rainbow of the LGBTQQI Community," University of San Francisco School of Law, (March 2009).
        • Presenter, University of San Francisco, Justice Forum, (November 2008). (Nice addressed abortion, guns, immigration, property rights, same-sex marriage, and welfare, exploring how constitutional law shapes these rights and the role of social movements in constitutional change.)
        • Presenter, "The Future of the Supreme Court," University of San Francisco School of Law, (October 2008). (Prof. Nice presented with professors John Adler and Maya Manian. The event was sponsored by Law Students for Reproductive Justice, American Constitution Society, and Pride Law.)
        Testimony and Hearings
          Written Testimony and Commentary
            Advisor or Consultant
              Counsel
                Symposia Organization
                • Faculty Advisor, University of San Francisco Law Review Symposium "The Future of Same-Sex Marriage," (February 2010).
                Professional Membership
                • Member, Order of the Coif's Book Award Selection Committee (appointed in June 2010).
                Fellowships
                  Other Service
                  • Interviewed by KGO about the Utah same-sex marriage lawsuit.
                  • Interview with Al Jazeera reporter regarding Supreme Court arguments in case challenging Michigan's ban on affirmative action
                  • Interview on KCBS Radio's "In-Depth" show, regarding the new Supreme Court term
                  • Teacher, "Comparative LGBT Rights," University of Barcelona (July 2012). (Taught course in conjunction with UC Los Angeles' Williams Institute.)
                  • Faculty Advisor, Global Justice Advocacy Program
                  • Faculty Advisor, Pride Law