Eric J. Mitnick

Eric J. Mitnick
Eric J. Mitnick
Professor of Law
Ph.D., Princeton University;
M.A., Princeton University;
J.D., University of Michigan, cum laude;
A.B., Cornell University
Phone: (619) 961-4303

Professor Mitnick joined the TJSL faculty in the fall of 2000 and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2007 to 2013. Following law school, Professor Mitnick practiced law as an associate with a large law firm in New York City, focusing especially on complex financial litigation. He has since been the recipient of research fellowships from Princeton University, where he was a graduate student in the Department of Politics, and from the Mellon Foundation. Professor Mitnick's research is in the areas of rights, liberalism, sociolegal and multicultural theory, and procedural due process. He has received multiple teaching awards and has been named a “Top Attorney” by the San Diego Daily Transcript.


Courses include:
Administrative Law, Professional Responsibility, Scholarly Legal Writing, and Torts.



Rights, Groups, and Self-Invention: Group-Differentiated Rights in Liberal Theory (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2006)


Procedural Due Process and Reputational Harm: Liberty as Self-Invention, 43 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 79 (2009)

Law, Cognition, and Identity, 67 La. L. Rev. 823 (2007)

Differentiated Citizenship and Contextualized Morality, 7 Eth. Theory and Moral Prac. 163 (2004)

Three Models of Group-Differentiated Rights, 35 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 215 (2004)

Individual Vulnerability and Cultural Transformation, 101 Mich. L. Rev. 1635 (2003)

Liberalism and Membership, 4 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 533 (2002)

Constitutive Rights, 20 Oxford J. Legal Stud. 185 (2000)

Taking Rights Spherically: Formal and Collective Aspects of Legal Rights, 34 Wake Forest L. Rev. 409 (1999)


Law, Cognition, and Identity, Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference, Georgetown University Law Center, Mar. 24, 2007

Rights, Groups, and Self-Invention - An Introduction, University of San Diego School of Law Faculty Colloquium, San Diego, CA, Apr. 2005


  • 2013 Barristers Ball
    February 11, 2013
    TJSL students call it the “Law Prom”, but the annual Barristers Ball is always so much more than that – especially this year....
  • Lawyers in Literature
    January 24, 2013
    It was a unique event for TJSL - Lawyers in Literature.   Professor Steve Semeraro read excerpts from his award-winning short story “The...
  • Kevin Bergt and Kelly Caputo being sworn in
    December 4, 2012
    This is it.  This is the day so many TJSL alumni have been looking forward to for so long.   This is the day they became licensed attorneys...
  • Sports Law Comp
    October 1, 2012
    In some ways the Second Annual Sports Law Negotiation Competition held at Thomas Jefferson School of Law the weekend of September 28-30 was twice as...
  • Clinics Open House
    April 19, 2012
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law has several clinical programs, and they all teamed up for an open house event on April 18.  The Small...


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