John T. Nockleby

Professor of Law
Director, Civil Justice Program

BA, with highest honors, University of Montana
JD, Harvard University Law School 


John Nockleby directs the Journalist's Law School and the Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School. He served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School for two years from 1993-95, and subsequently helped create and teach an innovative first year program at Harvard. He has also taught at Northeastern University School of Law, the Southwest Institute of Law and Political Science in Chongging, China and in Loyola's summer program in Costa Rica.

His research interests lie in the impact of new technologies upon privacy, the First Amendment and torts. In 2002 and again in 2003, the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School published his online course on privacy. Current projects include a torts text, and a second book on tort reform.

While a law student at Harvard, Nockleby was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He then practiced as a civil rights lawyer in North Carolina, and briefly in California. While with the firm then known as Chambers, Ferguson, Watt, Wallas & Adkins, Nockleby litigated many class action lawsuits and focused extensively on issues of racism and gender discrimination, constitutional and tort issues. He has taught at Loyola since 1989.

Public Service

  • Pro Bono Legal Advisor on civil rights and First Amendment cases
  • Member, Society of American Law Teachers
  • Member, Law & Society Association

Selected Scholarship