Dorit Reiss

Professor of Law and the James Edgar Hervey '50 Chair of Litigation

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Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss’ received her undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science from the Faculty of Law in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program in UC Berkeley, writing her dissertation on accountability in the liberalized telecommunications and electricity sectors in England, France and Sweden.

Professor Reiss’ initial research examined accountability of administrative agencies at the state, national and international level, using as case studies  the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), the FAA, and other agencies in the United States and Europe.

Her current research and activities focus on legal and policy issues related to vaccines. She writes about vaccines mandates, policy responses to non-vaccinating, tort issues and administrative issues related to vaccines, and the anti-vaccine movement.

Professor Reiss teaches torts, administrative law, public health law, and several seminars, and appreciates the opportunity to work with UC Law SF’ talented, hardworking body of students.


  • University of California, Berkeley
    Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy

  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    LLB., Law and Political Science


  • Torts
  • Courts as a Political Actor
  • Public Health Regulation: Vaccines
  • Administrative Law
  • First Year Statutory Law: Health