Allan Ides, Professor of Law and Christopher N. May Chair

Professor of Law and Christopher N. May Chair

Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Federal Courts
  • First Amendment



  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD, summa cum laude, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles


After graduating from Loyola, Allan Ides served as a law clerk to the Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1979-80 and then clerked for the Honorable Byron R. White, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1980-81.  Professor Ides joined the Loyola Law School faculty in the fall of 1982 and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1984-87.  From 1989-97, Professor Ides was a member of the law school faculty at Washington & Lee in Lexington, Virginia.  He returned to Los Angeles and to Loyola in 1997.  He has written extensively in the areas of Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure and Federal Jurisdiction and Practice, and is actively involved in various public service projects, ranging from civil rights litigation to the representation of individuals in deportation proceedings.

Selected Scholarship


  • Civil Procedure: Cases and Problems 4th ed. (with Christopher N. May) (Aspen 2012)
  • Civil Procedure: Constitution, Statutes, Rules, and Supplemental Materials (with Christopher N. May) (Aspen 2012)
  • Civil Procedure: Essay and Multiple-Choice Questions and Answers (Aspen 2012)
  • Constitutional Law: National Power and Federalism 6th ed. (with Christopher N. May) (Aspen 2013)
  • Constitutional Law: Individual Rights 6th ed. (with Christopher N. May) (Aspen 2013)
  • Federal Courts: Cases & Problems (West/Forthcoming) (with Simona Grossi)


  • A Critical Appraisal of the Supreme Court’s Decision in J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro, 45 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 341 (2012).
  • The Standard for Measuring the Validity of a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure: The Shady Grove Debate between Justices Scalia and Stevens, 86 Notre Dame Law Review 1041 (2011).
  • Approximating Democracy: A Proposal for Proportional Representation in the California Legislature44 Loyola Law Review (2011).
  • Bell Atlantic and the Principle of Substantive Sufficiency Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(a)(2):  Toward a Structured Approach to Federal Pleading Practice, 243 F.R.D. 604 (2007)
  • The Unilateral Executive, Los Angeles Lawyer, September 2006 (with Karl Manheim)
  • The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and the Commerce Clause, 20 Constitutional Commentary 441 (2004).
  • Tangled Up in Brown, 47 Howard Law Journal 3 (2003).
  • Habeas Standards of Review Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d)(1): A Commentary on Statutory Text and Supreme Court Precedent, 60 Washington & Lee Law Review 677 (2003).
  • Economic Activity as a Proxy for Federalism:  Intuition and Reason in United States v. Morrison, 18 Constitutional Commentary 563 (2002).
  • Judicial Supremacy and the Law of the Constitution, 47 UCLA. L.Rev. 491 (December 1999).
  • The Supreme Court and the Law to be Applied in Diversity Cases: A Critical Guide to the Development and Application of the Erie Doctrine and Related Problems, 163 F.R.D. 19 (1995).
  • Realism, Rationality and Justice Byron White:  Three Easy Cases, 1994 Brigham Young Law Review 283.
  • The Text of the Free Exercise Clause as a Measure of Employment Division v. Smith and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 51 Washington & Lee Law Review 135 (1994).
  • The Jurisprudence of Justice Byron White, 103 Yale Law Journal 419 (1993).
  • The Curious Case of the Virginia Military Institute:  An Essay on the Judicial Function, 50 Washington & Lee Law Review 35 (1993).
  • The Authority of a Federal District Court to Proceed after a Notice of Appeal has been Filed, 143 F.R.D. 307 (1992).
  • Bowers v. Hardwick: The Enigmatic Fifth Vote and the Reasonableness of Moral Certitude, 49 Washington & Lee Law Review 93 (1992).
  • The American Democracy and Judicial Review, 33 Arizona Law Review 1 (1990).
  • The Congressional War Powers: A Theory in Search of a Practice, 12 Yale Journal of International Law 180 (1987).
  • Congressional Authority to Regulate the Use of Nuclear Weapons, 13 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 33 (1986).
  • Congress, Constitutional Responsibility and the War Power, 17 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 599 (1984).
  • Landlord Tenant Court in Los Angeles:  Restructuring the Justice System, 11 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 537 (1978) (with Hon. Irwin Nebron).

Public Service

  •  Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. (counsel of record on amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court June 2012)
  • Salazar v. Buono (United States Supreme Court 2009) (consulted with ACLU on respondent’s brief in a case involving the scope of certiorari review in the context of an Establishment Clause claim)
  • Ashcroft v. Iqbal (United States Supreme Court 2008) (amicus brief on behalf of Professors of Civil Procedure and Federal Practice) (with David Shapiro)
  • Burkin v. Serembe (Los Angeles Superior Court 2006-2007) (pro bono counsel in child custody proceeding)
  • Corrie v. Caterpillar (9th Circuit 2006) (amicus brief on behalf of Professors of Constitutional and  International Law)
  • Trujillo v. City of Ontario & Bernhard v. City of Ontario (CD Cal. & 9th Circuit 2006) (pro bono with ACLU) (drafted Fourth Amendment and qualified immunity arguments for successful summary judgment motion in the CD Cal. and for a successful defense of the summary judgment on appeal to the Ninth Circuit)
  • In re South African Litigation (2d Circuit 2005) (amicus brief on behalf of Professors of Constitutional and International Law)
  • Terreri v. Chertoff (CD. Cal. 2005-2006) (Co-lead counsel w/ ACLU  in successful First Amendment suit filed on behalf of Federal Air Marshal against Department of Homeland Security, et. al)
  • Court Appointed Counsel, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Immigration Cases (2004-2006 )
  • Lisbey v. Gonzales, 420 F.3d 930 (9th Cir. 2005).
  • Ebron v. Gonzales
  • Hernandez-Villalobos v. Gonzales
  • Appointed by United States Supreme Court to represent indigent defendant in United States v. Owens, 108 S.Ct. 838 (1988).
  • California Appellate Project, Volunteer Attorney in Death Penalty Litigation (appeal and habeas) (1988-90).
  • Indigent Representation Panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Volunteer Attorney (1984-90) (representation of indigents in direct criminal appeals -- aside from direct appeals this work included federal habeas proceedings at the trial level and hearings before Parole Commission examiners).