Julia D. Mahoney

  • John S. Battle Professor of Law
  • Class of 1963 Research Professor in Honor of Graham C. Lilly and Peter W. Low

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

"Property, Economic Liberty and the Constitution: The Twilight of the New Deal Settlement" (work in progress).

"Markets and Moral Deliberation" (work in progress).

"Feminism, Capitalism and Socialism" (work in progress).

"Restructuring the Obligations of the United States Government" (with Edmund W. Kitch) (forthcoming 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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Current Courses

All Courses

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