John Bliss

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor of Law

Professional Biography

John Bliss is a graduate of Berkeley Law and holds a Ph.D. from Berkeley's Jurisprudence and Social Policy program. Prior to joining Denver Law, he was a resident fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. Professor Bliss teaches in the areas of legal profession and property law. In his research, he examines the intersection between lawyers' experiences of professional identity and public-interest contributions in a changing profession. His recent and ongoing projects focus on the socialization of lawyers-in-training in the U.S. and China, pro bono practice in leading law firms, and conceptions of property rights and legal professionalism in the racially restrictive covenant cases. His work appears or is forthcoming in Law & Social Inquiry, UC Davis Law Review, 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.


  • Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2010
  • BA, Anthropology, Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington, 2004