Professor Julie Nice

Julie A Nice

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

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4474


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.

BS, Northwestern University
JD, Northwestern University
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
Comparative Social Economic Rights
Constitutional Law - Individual Rights
Equality and Liberty
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Welfare and Poverty Law
Awards & Distinctions

Distinguished Professor Award, USF School of Law (2010, 2011, and 2012)

Best Equality Essay, Jotwell (2011)

Poverty Law: Theory and Practice (Eagan, Minn.: West, 1997)
Law Review and Journal Articles
“The Responsibility of Victory: Confronting the Systemic Subordination of LGBT Youth and Considering a Positive Role For the State,” 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