Seth Davis

Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor of Law

Spring 2022


Seth Davis is a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. His research explores questions of sovereignty, responsibility, and redress as they arise in both public law and private law, focusing upon the federal courts, federal Indian law, fiduciary law, and tort law. His scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the California Law Review, among other leading journals, and has been honored by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). In addition, Davis is co-author of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, the leading treatise in the field. He has served on the Editorial Board of Law & Social Inquiry and as the Chair of the Federal Courts Section of the AALS. His media appearances and public commentary include National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and Vice News Tonight. An award-winning teacher, Davis has taught a wide range of first-year and upper-level courses.

Before joining the Berkeley Law community, Davis taught at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and at Harvard Law School, where he was a Climenko Fellow. Prior to his academic career, Davis worked as an appellate litigator and provided regulatory counseling in the areas of financial services law, securities regulation, and political ethics at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he also developed an active pro bono practice. He clerked for the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Davis received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. from Davidson College.

Representative Publications

Seth Davis, Responsibility Sharing within Borders, 110 Cal. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022)

Seth Davis, Eric Biber, & Elena Kempf, Persisting Sovereignties, 170 U. PA. L. REV. (forthcoming 2022)

Seth Davis, The New Public Standing , 71 STAN. L. REV. 1229 (2019) 

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