faculty bio
Marci Seville

Professor of Law

Director, Women's Employment Rights Clinic

San Francisco
  • 415-442-6675


  • Civil Rights
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Low Wage & Immigrant Workers
  • Women's employment issues: gender discrimination, sexual harassment


JD, Rutgers Law School

BA, New York University


  • Founded the Women's Employment Rights Clinic in 1993.
  • Practiced labor law as house counsel for the California School Employees Association.
  • Worked for the California Department of Industrial Relations and served as counsel to the California Industrial Welfare Commission.
  • Private practice emphasized employment discrimination litigation.
  • Member of Board of Advisors, The Discrimination Research Center, 1998-2006.
  • Member of Board of Advisors, POWER Legal Services Project, a project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.
  • One of the founders of the interdisciplinary San Francisco General Hospital Occupational Health Clinic.
  • Bay Area Coalition for Civil Rights, 1989-1993.


With Hina Shah. Domestic Worker Organizing: Building a Contemporary Movement for Dignity and Power,75Albany L. Rev. 413 (2012).

    Chinese Soup, Good Horses, and Other Narratives: Practicing Cross-Cultural Competence Before We Preach, ch. 15 in: Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader. Carolina Academic Press (2011).

    with Hina Shah. Complex Employment Issues in Elder Care, The Recorder, 3/2/2011.

    Justice Jesse Carter's Passionate Defense of Workers' Rights: Challenging the Majority's "Legal Legerdemain", ch. in The Great Dissents of the "Lone Dissenter": Justice Jesse W. Carter's Twenty Tumultuous Years on the California Supreme Court (Carolina Academic Press, 2010).

    Contributing author, Reinforcing the Seams: Guaranteeing the Promise of California's Landmark Anti-Sweatshop Law: an evaluation of Assembly Bill 633 Six Years Later, Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (2005).

    Leaves of Absence: Paid Family Care Leave: SB 1661 Creates the Family Temporary Disability Insurance System, 12 California Employment Law Reporter 202 (2002).

    Developing Issues In Retaliation Law, American Bar Association Section on Labor & Employment Law, 2002 Midwinter Meeting publication. (Paper prepared in conjunction with ABA panel presentation.)

    Co-author, Beyond Sex Harassment: Title VII Workplace Harassment on the Basis of Race, National Origin, Religion, Age, Disability, and Retaliatory Animus, 2001:9 California Employment Law Reporter.

    Advisor, Contingent Rights: The Legal Landscape for Nonstandard Workers in California, Center for Policy Initiatives, 2002.

    Know Your Rights: A Guide to Employment Law for California Workers (Golden Gate University School of Law Women's Employment Rights Clinic 1997). Co-editor.

    Community Guide to Environmental & Occupational Safety Laws: Part I "Right-To-Know Laws: How to Obtain Information About Environmental Hazards in Your Community and Workplace." (Women's Employment Rights Clinic Manual 1996). Contributing author and editor.

    Accommodating the Conflict Between the Americans with Disabilities Act & the National Labor Relation Act's Collective Bargaining Obligations (NY University Forty-Sixth Annual Labor Conference. Little, Brown & Co. 1994). Co-author.

    Rossein, Employment Discrimination: Law and Litigation ch. 33 The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (Clark Boardman 1994).

    California Public Sector Labor Relations (Matthew Bender 1989). Contributing author.

    Employee and Union Guide to Labor Law (Clark Boardman 1983). Contributing author.


    Member of the California and New York State Bars.