Julia D. Mahoney

  • John S. Battle Professor of Law
  • Joseph C. Carter, Jr., Research 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

Book Chapters

Markets, Religion and Moral Deliberation, in Democracy, Religion, and Commerce: Private Markets and the Public Regulation of Religion, Routledge, 25–38 (2023).
Commentary on Kelo v. City of New London, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Property Opinions, Cambridge University Press, 179–197 (2021).
Doctors, Lawyers, and the Classics: Reading for Ethical Values (with Marcia D. Childress), in What Should I Read Next?, University of Virginia Press, 140–144 (2008).
Property Rights in Human Tissue (with Pamela Clark), in Property Rights Dynamics: A Law and Economics Perspective, Routledge, 138–153 (2007).
Should We Adopt a Market Strategy to Increase the Supply of Transplantable Organs?, in The Ethics of Organ Transplantation, Elsevier Science, 65–88 (2001).

Articles & Reviews

Cedar Point Nursery and the End of the New Deal Settlement, 11 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Journal 43 (2022).
Federal Courts and Takings Litigation (with Ann Woolhandler), 97 Notre Dame Law Review 679–714 (2022).
A Radical Original Meaning (reviewing Randy E. Barnett and Evan D. Bernick, The Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment: Its Letter and Spirit) Law and Liberty (2021).
The New Separation of Ownership and Control: Institutional Investors and ESG (with Paul G. Mahoney), 2021 Columbia Business Law Review 840–880 (2021).
‘ESG’ Disclosure and Securities Regulation (with Paul G. Mahoney), 44 Regulation 10–12 (2021).
Foreword: Sustainability in the City, 45 William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review 627–635 (2021).
Restructuring United States Government Debt: Private Rights, Public Values, and the Constitution (with Edmund W. Kitch), 2019 Michigan State Law Review 1283–1328 (2019).
Beyond Nature? Genomic Modification and the Future of Humanity (with Gil Siegal), 81 Law & Contemporary Problems 195–214 (2018).
Foreword: Altruism, Community, and Markets (with Kimberly D. Krawiec & Sally L. Satel), 81 Law & Contemporary Problems 1–8 (2018).
America’s Exceptional Safety Net, 40 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 33–39 (2017).
The Struggle for America's "Fiscal Soul" (reviewing Edward D. Kleinbard and Michael D. Tanner, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money (Kleinbard) / Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis (Tanner)) New Rambler (2016).
Takings, Legitimacy, and Emergency Action: Lessons from the Financial Crisis of 2008, 23 George Mason University Law Review 299–318 (2016).
Benefit Corporations and the Public Interest, Rivanna Investments Newsletter (2015).
Altruism, Markets, and Organ Procurement, 72 Law & Contemporary Problems 17–35 (2009).
Land Preservation and Institutional Design, 23 Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation 433–449 (2008).
Kelo’s Legacy: Eminent Domain and the Future of Property Rights, 2005 Supreme Court Review 103–133 (2005).
Lawrence Lessig’s Dystopian Vision, 90 Virginia Law Review 2305–2333 (2004).
The Illusion of Perpetuity and the Preservation of Privately-Owned Lands, 44 Natural Resources Journal 573–599 (2004).
Perpetual Restrictions on Land and the Problem of the Future, 88 Virginia Law Review 739–787 (2002).
The Market for Human Tissue, 86 Virginia Law Review 163–223 (2000).
Review of Poser, International Securities Regulation (reviewing Norman S. Poser, International Securities Regulation: London's. "Big Bang" and the European Securities Markets) 31 Virginia Journal of International Law 761–772 (1991).

Reports & Datasets

Proposal on Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors [File No. S7-10-22] (with Lawrence A. Cunningham et al.), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2022).

Op-Eds, Blogs, Shorter Works

A Common Good Constitutionalist Feminism?, Law and Liberty (August 24, 2022).
Letter: Free speech is a fundamental U.Va. value (with Paul G. Mahoney, Jason S. Johnston & et al.), Cavalier Daily (April 5, 2022).
The New Separation of Ownership and Control: Institutional Investors and ESG (with Paul G. Mahoney), CLS Blue Sky Blog (April 20, 2021).
Conservation Easements: A Perpetual Problem?, Capital Ideas (November, 2019).
Takings Claims in the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance & Financial Regulation Blog (April 8, 2016).

Current Courses

All Courses

Constitutional Law
Cultural Property
Family Law
Feminism and the Free Market
Nonprofit Institutions
Seminar in Ethical Values


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