Margaret Z. Johns

Margaret Z. Johns

Position Title
Senior Lecturer Emerita

2117 King Hall

"I love teaching at King Hall. The law is endlessly fascinating, our students are wonderful and inspiring, my faculty colleagues are terrific, and the staff is outstanding. In addition, teaching here has given me the opportunity to engage in a wide range of public service activities from working to provide pro bono lawyers for the poor, to handling pro bono civil rights cases, to working with the California Attorney General's Office on the tobacco litigation. I feel very privileged to be a part of this very special place. "

Education and Degree(s)
  • B.A. French, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1970
  • J.D. University of California, Davis, 1976
Honors and Awards
  • 2000 UC Davis Public Service Award
  • 1994 Outstanding Women Award for Human Rights
  • 1993 University of California, Davis James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award
  • 1991 Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 1991 Pro Bono Award from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Torts
  • Civil Rights


THE UNITED STATES LEGAL SYSTEM, (Carolina Academic Press, 2002) (with Dean Rex Perschbacher)


PRETRIAL DISCOVERY: THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT, (Michie Company 1993) (with T. Blumoff & E. Imwinkelried)

CALIFORNIA CIVIL PROCEDURE, (Matthew Bender 1996) (with W. Heiser & R. Perschbacher)

Informed Consent: Requiring Doctors to Disclose Off-Label Prescriptions and Conflict of Interest, 58 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL 967 (2007)

A Black Robe is Not a Big Tent: The Improper Expansion of Absolute Judicial Immunity to Non-Judges in Civil-Rights Cases, 59 SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 265 (2006)

Reconsidering Absolute Prosecutorial Immunity, 2005 BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 53 (2005)

The Advantages of Larger Federal Courts of Appeals, 34 UC DAVIS LAW REVIEW 471 (2000)

Teaching Professional Responsibility and Professionalism in Legal Writing, 40 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 501 (1990)