McGeorge School of Law

Julie Davies

Professor of Law
Julie Davies
Phone: 916.739.7194

BA, JD, University of California, Los Angeles


Law is a service profession.

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. Following her clerkship, 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 during 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. 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 to 2013. Professor Davies has also served as a member of several re-accreditation teams acting as representative of the American Association of Law Schools and 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, and the Yoga Club. 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.



Advanced Torts

Negotiation and Settlement

The Legal Profession

Animal Law

Civil Rights Litigation

Representative Scholarship and Activities

Sentencias Trascendentales del Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos. Pasos Hacia la Igualdad del Matrimonio Para Parejas del Mismo Sexo, Revista de Derecho Escuela de Postgrado (Universidad de Chile), Dec. 2013 at 207.

The Role and Future of Customary Tort Law in Ghana: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, 26 Ariz. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 303 (2009) (with Dominic Dagbanja).

Methods of Experiential Education: Context, Transferability and Resources, 22 Pac. McGeorge Global Bus. & Dev. L.J. 21 (2009).

Global Issues in Tort Law (with Paul T. Hayden, Thomson/West 2008).

Reforming the Tort Reform Agenda, 25 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 119 (2007).

Re-Imagining Public Enforcement of Title IX, 2007 BYU Educ. & L.J. 25 (2007) (with Lisa M. Bohon).

Report Regarding the McGeorge Workshop on Globalizing the Law School Curriculum, 19 Pac. McGeorge Global Bus. & Dev. L.J. 267 (2006) (with Franklin A. Gevurtz et al.).