John Bliss

Assistant Professor


Legal Ethics and Legal Profession, Property Law

Professional Biography

John Bliss is a graduate of Berkeley Law and holds a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, where he recently spent two years as a resident fellow. Professor Bliss teaches in the areas of legal profession, property, and local government law. In his research, he explores the intersection between lawyers' professional identities and public-interest contributions in a changing profession. His recent and ongoing projects focus on public-interest commitment among U.S. law students, pro bono practice in leading law firms, the professional socialization of lawyers-in-training in China, and conceptions of property rights in the racially restrictive covenant cases. His work appears or is forthcoming in UC Davis Law Review, The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Law & Social Inquiry, and edited volumes on global pro bono and the emerging Chinese bar. He also contributes to the New Legal Realism Conversations blog and The Practice, an online magazine for practicing lawyers published at Harvard Law School. Professor Bliss belongs to several academic associations focusing on the interdisciplinary study of law and the legal profession, including serving as co-director of the Legal Education Collaborative Research Network with the Law and Society Association.

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  • PhD, 2016, University of California Berkeley
  • JD, 2010, University of California Berkeley
  • Double BA, 2004, University of Washington