Since 1989, Gail Heriot has been a professor of law at the University of San Diego, where she teaches Civil Rights Law & History, Employment Discrimination, Legislation in the Modern Administrative State, and Remedies and Torts. In addition, she was appointed to the eight-member U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2007 by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate on the recommendation of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Her current term on the Commission will end in 2019.
Ms. Heriot’s academic writings have appeared in journals like the Michigan Law Review, the Texas Journal of Law & Policy and the Virginia Law Review. She also writes for the popular press with articles in newspapers and magazines like the Philadelphia Inquirer, the National Review, the Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard. Her written statements also appear in reports of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Recently, her topics have ranged from affirmative action to sexual assault in the military to disparate impact in school discipline.
She is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Scholars, and is chairman of the Civil Rights Practice Group of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies. In 1998, she spent a semester working for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she advised Chairman Orrin Hatch on civil rights issues and judicial nomination. She was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at George Mason University Law School from 1998 to 1999.
Prior to entering academia, Ms. Heriot practiced law at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and at the Chicago law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown). She clerked for Justice Seymour F. Simon of the Illinois Supreme Court. In 1981, she graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was an associate editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Her bachelor’s degree came from Northwestern University from which she graduated with highest distinction in 1978.