Julia Simon-Kerr

Associate Professor of Law, Ralph and Doris Hansmann Scholar
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Office: Hosmer 301
  • Evidence Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Literature & the Law
  • Law and Gender

Julia Simon-Kerr is an associate professor at the Law School where she teaches evidence and civil procedure. Her scholarship focuses on evidence, particularly on how legal issues of credibility are shaped by cultural presumptions. A 2008 graduate of Yale Law School, she joined the Law School Faculty after two years as a Bigelow Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Simon-Kerr also has written on education law, gender and the law, and law and literature, an area of interest she examines in a recent book chapter, published by Oxford University Press, entitled, “Pious Perjury in Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian.”

Professor Simon-Kerr received her undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University where she won the Camp Prize for excellence in English literature. Before pursuing her career in the law and academia, Professor Simon-Kerr wrote and edited children’s books for Harper Collins in New York. She has worked on women’s rights issues in Argentina and as a summer associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York, and, while in law school, served as executive editor of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. Professor Simon-Kerr clerked for Justice Jaynee LaVecchia of the New Jersey Supreme Court and Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr, Systemic Lying, 56 William & Mary L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015)

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr and Anthony J. Casey, A Simple Theory of Complex Valuation, 113 Mich. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014)

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr, Pious Perjury in Scott's The Heart of Midlothian in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr, Moral Turpitude, 2012 Utah L. Rev. 1001 (2012)

Robynn K. Sturm & Julia Simon-Kerr, Justiciability and the Role of Courts in Adequacy Litigation: Preserving the Constitutional Right to Education, 4 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties 83 (2010)

Julia Ann Simon-Kerr, Note, Unchaste and Incredible: The Use of Gendered Conceptions of Honor in Impeachment, 117 Yale Law Journal 1854 (2008)