Jessie Hill, JD

Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law
School of Law
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
School of Law

Jessie Hill’s teaching and scholarship focus on constitutional law, civil rights, reproductive rights, and law and religion. Her articles have been published in the Michigan Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, and Texas Law Review, among others. She has also appeared in numerous local and national press outlets, including CNN, the New York Times, Ms. Magazine, and NPR.

Professor Hill is a frequent lecturer and consultant on reproductive rights issues, and she is currently litigating numerous challenges to abortion restrictions in Ohio. She is the founding director of the Reproductive Rights Law Initiative at the School of Law, which provides education and legal support relating to reproductive rights. Her work was recently profiled in the Case Law-Med magazine.

Professor Hill has received recognition for her work both within and outside the academy. She is a recipient of the university’s Distinguished Research Award. She has also been appointed a Nootbaar Fellow in Law and Religion at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law. In 2023, she received both the Black Law Students Association Faculty Award and the Champion for Women Award from the Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus, and she has been recognized by the ACLU of Ohio for her reproductive rights advocacy.

Professor Hill joined the faculty in 2003 after practicing First Amendment and civil rights law with the firm of Berkman, Gordon, Murray & DeVan in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, Professor Hill worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the National ACLU office in New York. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She received her JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and her AB, magna cum laude, from Brown University.

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Teaching Information

Teaching Schedule

  • Constitutional Law
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Civil Rights

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Civil Rights



Juris Doctor
Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts
Brown Univeristy