Director, Summer Program in Guatemala
Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
"Law is a service profession." — Julie Davies
Professor Julie Davies is an expert in tort law. Her current scholarly interest is in customary or indigenous law. She has studied its application in Africa, with a book chapter and an article on Ghanaian tort law, and is now focused on Latin America, with particular emphasis in Guatemala and countries in the Andean region. Other interests include civil rights law and animal law. Professor Davies began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California. From there Professor Davies worked at the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster for two years as litigation associate. Her practice consisted of representing business entities in matters as diverse as banking, securities , employment, real estate and other types of litigation.
During her now lengthy career at McGeorge, Professor Davies has taught many different courses, though Torts has always been a mainstay. She has written and taught in the area of civil rights litigation, specifically focusing on Title IX and litigation under 42 U.S.C. §1983 with emphasis on issues of damages and attorneys' fees. She also supervised law students for four years in the law school's Community Legal Services Clinic. No matter what course she has taught, Professor Davies has always loved the students at McGeorge, and she is proud to have taught several thousand of them over the years.
Professor Davies' scholarship in tort law includes several articles as well as a co-authored book, Global Issues in Tort Law. As part of the Global Issues series, the book introduces readers to interesting issues occurring in the tort law of other countries and other legal systems. Professor Davies' current scholarship stems from the interest in customary law she developed when researching for Global Issues and her passion for Latin America and the Spanish language. As an undergraduate, Professor Davies majored in Spanish and Latin American literature and language and lived in Madrid, Spain. She had the opportunity to combine her interest in Spanish with her teaching and scholarship when she became the Director for several years of the Inter-American summer program in Guatemala, of which McGeorge is a partner school. This led to a study of Mayan justice as it operates in Guatemala and other Latin American countries. Professor Davies argues that countries with indigenous populations can greatly improve access to justice and reduce violence by recognizing the law utilized by their indigenous populations. Professor Davies also produced a recent book chapter analyzing the impact of mining on self-determination of indigenous people in Guatemala and elsewhere in Latin America.
Professor Davies has received numerous awards during her career for service and scholarship at the law school and the university. She served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2009 — 2013. Professor Davies has also served as a member of several re-accreditation teams acting as representative of the American Association of Law Schools. She is a member of the American Law Institute. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian, and regularly utilizes her Spanish for her academic research.
Professor Davies is the faculty advisor for various student organizations, including the Women's Caucus, Public Legal Services Society, the Yoga Club, and Cómo Se Dice, a club in which students speak and practice their Spanish. Recently she worked with the Latino Law Students to raise money to endow a scholarship for an indigenous student in Guatemala, and she partnered with a Mexican university to bring their students to McGeorge for a summer program. Professor Davies loves working with students to facilitate cross-cultural education and support for people less fortunate than ourselves.
Courses: Torts, Advanced Torts, Negotiation and Settlement, The Legal Profession, Animal Law, Civil Rights Litigation