Manheim, Karl M.

Karl M. Manheim, Professor of Law

Professor in Residence

Courses Taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Technology & Privacy
  • Innovation Law
  • Artificial Intelligence & Law


  • SB, magna cum laude, Bradley University
  • JD, Northeastern University
  • LLM, Harvard Law School


Karl Manheim has been on the full-time faculty since 1984. He was co-director of the Program for Law & Technology at the California Institute of Technology and Loyola Law School.  He has also taught at UCLA Law School (2017), the University of Southern California Law School (1996), the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing (1992), the University of Bologna (2007, 2010) and the University of Aix-Marseille (2012-15).  In 2007, he was special counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property.  Before joining the full-time faculty, he was a Visiting Professor at Loyola, and in the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office.

Professor Manheim teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy and Technology.

Selected Scholarship

  • Artificial Intelligence: Risks to Privacy and Democracy, 21 Yale J.L. Tech 106 (2019)
  • Fixing Hollingsworth - Standing in Initiative Cases, 48 Loy. L. Rev. __ (Spring 2015)
  • The Health Insurance Mandate - A Tax or A Taking, 42 Hastings Const. L.Q. 323 (2015)
  • Symposium Introduction “Rebooting California: Initiatives, Conventions and Government Reform,” 35 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 393 (2011)
  • “The Unitary Executive,” Los Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 29, No. 6, p. 24 (Sept. 2006)
  • Symposium Introduction “At the Crossroads of Law & Technology,” 25 Loy. L.A. Ent. L. Rev. 1 (2005)
  • “Rent Control in the New Lochner Era,” 23 UCLA J. Envtl. L. & Pol'y 211 (2005)
  • “An Economic Analysis of Domain Name Policy," 25 Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal 359 (2003) (with Lawrence B. Solum)
  • Symposium Introduction "At the Crossroads of Law & Technology," 35 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review (June, 2002)
  • "Biotechnology: The Legal, Practical and Ethical Implications of Patenting Human Genomes," The Intellectual Property Strategist (Feb, 2002)
  • "A Structural Theory of the Initiative Power in California," 31 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1165 (1998)
  • Symposium Introduction "Protection of Constitutional Minorities," 19 Loyola International Law Journal 743(1997)
  • “State Immigration Laws and Federal Supremacy,” 22 Hastings Const. L.Q. 939 (1995)
  • “The Business of the California Supreme Court,” 26 Loyola L.A. L. Rev. 1083 (1993)
  • “New Age Federalism and the Market Participant Doctrine,” 22 Ariz.St.L.Rev. 559 (1990)
  • “Tenant Eviction Protection and the Takings Clause,” 1989 Wisc. L. Rev. 925
  • “The Capital Punishment Cases: A Criticism of Judicial Method,” 12 Loy.L.A.Law Rev. 85 (1978).

Public Service

Manheim is a volunteer attorney with the ACLU of Southern California, and works with other civil rights and public interest organizations. He has litigated cases at every level of state and federal courts, and has argued several significant cases in the California Supreme Court, including Proposition 103 (insurance regulation). He has handled cases in civil rights and civil liberties, environmental law, takings, municipal law and federalism.