Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Yale Law School
Ph.D, Stanford University
M.A., University of British Columbia
B.A., University of Alberta
Nina Varsava’s research focuses on procedure, courts, judicial administration, legal ethics, and jurisprudence. She is especially interested in issues of precedent, interpretation, and intersystemic adjudication. She teaches courses on civil procedure, professional responsibility, and jurisprudence.
Varsava’s recent scholarship is forthcoming or has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, and the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, among other journals. Her scholarship has been covered by media outlets such as the The New York Times and the American Bar Association Journal, and has been cited by both federal and state courts.
Following law school, Varsava served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of Colorado.
Varsava is on leave for the Fall 2023 semester.
Scholarship & Publications
- Legal Theory
- Procedural Justice
- Law and Language
- Judges and Courts
- Legal Ethics
- Bioethics and Health Law
Nina Varsava was elected to the Executive Board of the American Association of Legal and Social Philosophy on Nov. 13, 2023.
Nina Varsava presented "Reconstructing Precedent" during the Cambridge Legal Theory Discussion Group, an online workshop series, on Nov. 9, 2023.
Nina Varsava presented "Precedent, Reliance, and Dobbs" during the Stanford Law School Public Law Seminar on Oct. 30, 2023.
Nina Varsava presented "Reconstructing Precedent" during the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México Jurisprudence Seminar (online) on Oct. 13, 2023.
Nina Varsava's article "Precedent, Reliance, and Dobbs" was cited in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc. v. Reynolds ex rel. State, No. 22-2036, 2023 WL 4635932, at *8 (Iowa June 16, 2023).
Nina Varsava presented "Reconstructing Precedent" during the AALS Jurisprudence Section Junior Scholars Workshop on Aug. 4, 2023.
Nina Varsava presented "Opinion Authorship and Precedential Status" during the University of Michigan Law and Economics Workshop on April 13, 2023.
Nina Varsava was a speaker during "Roe at 50, The Anniversary That Wasn't" on March 28, 2023. The event was an interdisciplinary discussion on the state of abortion law and reproductive justice, which was hosted by the UW-Madison Humanities Center.
Nina Varsava presented "Derivative Recognition and Intersystemic Interpretation" during a UCLA Legal Theory Workshop on March 23, 2023.
Nina Varsava presented "Precedent, Reliance Interests and the Dobbs Decision" during the Washington State University Bioethics Grand Rounds on Feb. 8, 2023.
Nina Varsava presented "Judicial Visitors" during the AALS Annual Meeting, Section on the Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession, Jan. 6, 2023.
Nina Varsava presented "Publication Disparities at the U.S. Federal Courts of Appeals" during the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods seminar series on Dec. 5, 2022.
Nina Varsava presented "Publication Disparities at the Federal Courts of Appeals" during the 12th Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop hosted by the University of Florida Levin College of Law on Dec. 2, 2022.
Nina Varsava presented "Stare Decisis After Dobbs" during the 2022 Wisconsin Law Review Symposium–Controlling the Supreme Court: Now and "Far into the Future"–on Oct. 29, 2022.
News & Media
Friday, Feb 17, 2023Nina Varsava Awarded AALS Jurisprudence Future Promise Award
Friday, Feb 10, 2023Nina Varsava Discusses the Value of Reliance in the Law
The Jurisprudes Podcast
Friday, Jul 8, 2022Nina Varsava Discusses Dobbs Decision, Supreme Court's Stare Decisis Jurisprudence
New Hampshire Public Radio
Friday, Jun 17, 2022Nina Varsava Discusses Approach to Stare Decisis in the Leaked Dobbs Draft Opinion
Civics 101 Podcast
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2022Nina Varsava Discusses Supreme Court, Horizontal Stare Decisis in Dobbs Leak
Civics 101 Podcast
Tuesday, Feb 1, 2022Nina Varsava comments on Ninth Circuit Judge Lawrence VanDyke’s writings
Thursday, Aug 12, 2021Nina Varsava discusses fractured Supreme Court opinions in light of Marks v. United States
Friday, Jul 23, 2021Forthcoming article by Nina Varsava reviewed
Thursday, Jul 1, 2021Nina Varsava discusses professional irresponsibility and judicial opinions
Friday, Jul 17, 2020Nina Varsava discusses her essay "Precedent on Precedent" and the Supreme Court ruling in Ramos v. Louisiana
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019New faculty focus: Nina Varsava
Monday, Nov 18, 2019UW Law graduates, faculty receive Order of the Coif honors
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019Professor Nina Varsava joins UW Law School faculty