Professor of Law and the James Edgar Hervey '50 Chair of Litigation


Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss’ undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science (1999, Magna cum Laude) is from the Faculty of Law in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she served as Editor in Chief of the Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Professor Reiss clerked for a year and a half in the Israeli Ministry of Justice’s Department of Public Law, working on a variety of constitutional and administrative law issues.

She received her Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program in UC Berkeley, writing her dissertation on accountability in the liberalized telecommunications and electricity sectors in England, France and Sweden.  Professor Reiss’ initial research examined accountability of agencies at the state, national and international level, with agencies studied including the CPUC, the FAA, and other agencies in the United States and Europe. Increasingly, however, her research and activities are focused on legal and policy issues related to vaccines. She writes about school mandate, policy responses to non-vaccinating, tort issues and administrative issues related to vaccines.



  1. University of California, Berkeley 2007

    Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy

  2. Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1999

    LLB., Law and Political Science

Selected Scholarship

  1. Litigating Alternative Facts: School Mandates in the Courts 2018

    University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law

  2. Influenza Mandates and Religious Accommodation: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls 2018

    Journal of Law Medicine & Ethics

  3. Regulating in the Era of Fake News: Anti-Vaccine Activists Respond to the CDC Quarantine Rule 2018

    University of Pittsburgh Law Review

  4. Legal Approaches to Promoting Parental Compliance with Childhood Immunization Recommendations 2018

    Hum. Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics

  5. Responding to the Childhood Vaccination Crisis: Legal Frameworks and Tools in the Context of Parental Vaccine Refusal 2015

    Buffalo Law Review

  6. Funding the Costs of Disease Outbreaks Caused by Non Vaccination 2014

    Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics

  7. Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain: Use and Abuse of Religious Exemptions from School Immunization Requirements 2014

    Hastings Law Journal

  8. Compensating the Victims of Failure to Vaccinate: What are the Options? 2013

    Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy

  9. The Benefits of Capture 2012

    Wake Forest Law Review


  1. Torts
  2. Courts as a Political Actor
  3. Public Health Regulation: Vaccines
  4. Administrative Law
  5. First Year Statutory Law: Health