Levine, Larry

Larry Levine

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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 "It is an exhilarating honor to get to introduce new law students to the delights that come from developing the skills to ‘think like a lawyer,’ especially in the context of the ever-fascinating context of tort law." 

After graduating from University of California, Hastings College of the Law with honors, Professor Levine clerked for Judge Eugene F. Lynch (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California). He then was an associate with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco for two years. Professor Levine was also an adjunct faculty member of UC Hastings College of Law before coming to McGeorge in 1985.  He served as the Gordon D. Schaber Chair in Health Law and Policy from 2022-2023. Professor Levine has authored several books and articles on the subject of torts. He is the co-author of A Torts Anthology and is a co-author of the torts treatise, Understanding Torts, and a torts casebook, Tort Law and Practice.

Professor Levine has been a frequent panelist, lecturer, and speaker on legal issues involving torts and sexual orientation. He has served on the State Bar Committee on Sexual Orientation Discrimination as well as the board of directors of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of Northern California and Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians. He was the chairperson of the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Subcommittee and a member of LSAC’s Services and Programs committee. Professor Levine served on the Board of Directors of the National Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association and is a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Levine is a member of the American Law Institute. He has been a visiting professor of law at UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis and at New York Law School.

Larry Levine from Legends of Courage on Vimeo.


BA, Allegheny College
JD, University of California, Hastings

Curriculum Vitae
larryLevineCV.pdf (61.12 KB)
Research Focus

Representative Scholarship and Activities


LGBTQ+ Legal rights in the post Kennedy Era with Larry Levine (YouTube)


"Advocating for LGBTQ+ Issues in Law School," Lavender Law, August 2019

"Reconocimiento del matrimonio igaultario en el derecho comparado," December 2016 (guest of the Chilean government)

"Aspirational Standards in the Law of Torts," U. of Oregon, April 2015


Lawrence C. Levine, "A different Scalia legacy: The gift of same-sex marriage," The Sacramento Bee, Sunday March 20, 2016.

Lawrence C. Levine discussed the US Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage on Insight with Beth Ruyak on Capitol Public Radio on June 29, 2016.

Lawrence C. Levine, "Once unimaginable, marriage equality is now established law," The Sacramento Bee, July 4, 2015.

Lawrence C. Levine, "Progress toward gay rights sometimes subtle but monumental," The Sacramento Bee, April 18, 2015.


Tort Law and Practice (6th ed. 2020) (with D. Vetri, J. Vogel, I. Gassama, and C. Suzuki).

The Restatement of Gay (?), 79 Brooklyn L. Rev. 621 (2014) (with Prof. C. Joslin)

Understanding Torts (6d ed. LexisNexis 2018) (with J. Diamond and A. Bernstein).

"Justice Kennedy's "Gay Agenda": Romer, Lawrence, and the Struggle for Marriage Equality," 44 McGeorge L. Rev. 1-30 (2013).

An Assessment of the Law School Climate for GLBT Students, 58 J. Legal Educ. 214 (2008) (with Kelly Strader et al.).