Julia D. Mahoney

  • John S. Battle Professor of Law

Julia D. Mahoney teaches courses in property, government finance, constitutional law and nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Yale Law School, she joined the University of Virginia faculty as an associate professor in 1999 and is now John S. Battle Professor of Law. She has also taught at the University of Southern California Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, and before entering the legal academy, practiced law at the New York firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Her scholarly articles include works on land preservation, eminent domain, health care reform and property rights in human biological materials.


  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
  • B.A.
    Barnard College
“The Twilight of the New Deal Settlement: Property Rights, Economic Liberty, and the Constitution” (work in progress).
“Feminism, Free Markets, and Socialism” (work in progress).
“The New Separation of Ownership and Control: Institutional Investors and ESG” (with Paul G. Mahoney), Colum. Bus. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021).
“Federal Courts and Takings Litigation” (with Ann Woolhandler), 97 Notre Dame L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021).
“Markets, Religion, and Moral Deliberation,” in Kathleen Flake and Nathan Oman eds., Democracy, Markets, and Religion, (forthcoming 2021).
“Commentary on Kelo v. City of New London,” in Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod and Elena Maria Marty-Nelson eds., Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Property Opinions, (2020). 
“Restructuring United States Government Debt: Private Rights, Public Values, and the Constitution” (with Edmund W. Kitch), Mich. St. L. Rev. (2019).
"Conservation Easements: A Perpetual Problem?" Capital Ideas (November 2019).

"Beyond Nature? Genomic Modification and the Future of Humanity" (with Gil Siegal), 81 Law & Contemp. Probs. 195 (2018).
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"Foreword: Altruism, Community, and Markets" (with Kimberly D. Krawiec and Sally S. Satel), 81 Law & Contemp. Probs. 1 (2018).
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"America's Exceptional Safety Net,"  40 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 33 (2017).

"Takings Claims in the Aftermath of Financial Crisis," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, April 8, 2016.

"Takings, Legitimacy, and Emergency Action: Lessons from the Financial Crisis of 2008,"23 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 299 (2016). 
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"The Struggle for America's 'Fiscal Soul,'" New Rambler (Jan. 4, 2016) (book review).

Benefit Corporations and the Public Interest (Rivanna Investments Newsletter), April 2015.

"Altruism, Markets, and Organ Procurement," 72 Law & Contemp. Probs. 17-36 (Summer 2009).

"Land Preservation and Institutional Design," 23 J. Envtl. L. & Litig. 433 (2008).
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"Doctors, Lawyers and the Classics: Reading for Ethical Values" (with Marcia Childress), in Jessica R. Feldman and Robert Stilling, eds., What Should I Read Next? (2008).

"Property Rights in Human Tissue" (with Pamela Clark), in Donatella Porrini and Giovanni Battista Ramello, eds., Property Rights Dynamics: A Law and Economics Perspective(2007).

"Kelo's Legacy:  Eminent Domain and the Future of Property Rights," 2005 Sup. Ct. Rev.103-133.
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"Lawrence Lessig's Dystopian Vision," (reviewing Lessig's Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity), 90 Va. L. Rev. 2305 (2004).
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"The Illusion of Perpetuity and the Preservation of Privately Owned Lands," 44 Nat. Resources J. 573 (2004).
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"Perpetual Restrictions on Land and the Problem of the Future," 88 Va. L. Rev. 739 (2002).
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"Should We Adopt a Market Strategy to Increase the Supply of Transplantable Organs? in Wayne Shelton and John Balint, eds., The Ethics of Organ Transplantation (JAI Press, 2001).

"The Market for Human Tissue," 86 Va. L. Rev. 163 (2000).
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Cultural Property
Family Law
Feminism and the Free Market
Nonprofit Institutions
Seminar in Ethical Values



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