Professor of Law

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

  • The Journalist's Guide to American Law, (with Laurie Levenson, Karl Manheim, Jay Dougherty, Victor Gold, Allan Ides, Dan Martin) (Routledge, 2014), Paperback ed., 2014.
  • Faces of the Tort Pyramid: Compensation, Regulation, and the Profession,” in The Paradox of Professionalism: Lawyers and the Possibility of Justice (Cambridge U. Press, 2011) (Scott Cummings, Ed.)
  • Access to Justice: It’s Not for Everyone, 42 Loyola Law Review __ (2009)
  • Torts: Cases & Materials (forthcoming)
  • "How to Manufacture a Crisis: Evaluating Empirical Claims Behind 'Tort Reform'," 86 Oregon Law Review 533 (2007)
  • Introduction: "Law & Popular Culture," 41 Loyola Law Review 539 (2007) (Symposium Introduction)
  • Foreword, "The Economics of Civil Justice," 39 Loy. L.A. Rev. 683 (2006) (Symposium Introduction)
  • Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Routledge Reference, 2006) (contributor, 11 essays on Forced Speech, Hate Speech, Invasion of Privacy, Legal Realists, Picketing, Prior Restraints, Speech and its Relation to Violence, Traditional Public Forums, FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, Frisby v. Schultz, and Hague v. C.I.O.)
  • "What's a Jury Good For?" 11 Voir Dire 6 (Issue 2, Summer 2005)
  • "100 Years of Conflict: The Past and Future of 'Tort Retrenchment,' " (with Shannon Curreri) 38 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1021 (2005)
  • "Access to Justice: Can Business Co-exist with the Civil Justice System? An Introduction," 38 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1009 (2005)
  • "What Ends Does the Tort System Serve?," The Advocate (July 2005)
  • CyberPrivacy, an online course launched October 28, 2003, and published by the Berkman Center of Harvard Law School.
  • "What's Wrong with a National ID?," Loyola Lawyer (Fall, 2002)
  • Privacy in Cyberspace, (published by Berkman Center of Harvard Law School, Spring 2002)
  • "Why Internet Voting?," 34 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1023 (2001)
  • "Hate Speech," in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2nd ed., edited by Leonard W. Levy, Kenneth L. Karst et al., New York: Macmillan, 2000).
  • "Hate Speech in Context: The Case of Verbal Threats," 42 Buffalo Law Review 653 (1994)

Courses Taught

  • Technology and Privacy
  • Torts
  • Remedies
  • First Amendment Survey