The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law


A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan in psychology and history, Professor David Levine also studied at University College, University of London on the London Exchange Fellowship, researching in the area of developmental psychology. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an editor of the law review and a legal writing instructor.

Before joining the UC Hastings faculty in 1982, Professor Levine lived in New Orleans while serving as a law clerk to Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and was also an associate in the litigation department of Morrison and Foerster in San Francisco. He served as Associate Academic Dean from 1989-1991 and, for several years, was the advisor for the Civil Litigation Concentration.

He is coauthor or coeditor of seven books, including Remedies: Public and Private and California Civil Procedure, as well as the author of articles on civil procedure, torts and institutional reform litigation. He has served as the Reporter for the District of Nevada’s Committee on the Implementation of the Civil Justice Reform Act and as a research analyst for the Northern District of California’s Early Neutral Evaluation Program.

Professor Levine has spent semesters as a visiting professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands, St. John’s University and New York Law School. He has also taught short courses six times in Italy and England.



  1. University of Pennsylvania Law School 1978

    J.D., Law

  2. University College 1975

    London Exchange Scholarship, Developmental Psychology

  3. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1974

    A.B., Psychology and History

Selected Scholarship

  1. Remedies: A Course Fit for Civil Procedure Teachers 2013

    St. Louis University Law Journal

  2. Public School Assignment Methods After Grutter and Gratz: The View from San Francisco 2003

    Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly

  3. Reparations for Slavery: A Structure for Discussion and Consideration of U.S. Litigation Alternatives 2003

    Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice

  4. The Chinese American Challenge to Court-Mandated Quotas in San Francisco's Public Schools: Notes From a (Partisan) Participant-Observer 2000

    Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal

  5. Compensation for the Fear of Contracting Asbestos - Related Diseases - Critical Reflections on an Important US Supreme Court Decision and Its Relevance for Europe 1999

    European Review of Private Law


  1. Civil Procedure II
  2. Remedies