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Mary S. Hoopes

Mary S. Hoopes

Associate Professor of Law
Caruso School of Law


Professor Hoopes’s research examines how legal and political institutions serve marginalized populations, with a focus on noncitizens. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Law & Social Inquiry, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the Hastings Law Journal, and Cambridge University Press.

At Pepperdine, Professor Hoopes teaches administrative law, remedies, and ethical lawyering. She also co-directs the Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute. 

Professor Hoopes joined the Pepperdine law faculty in 2022 from the UC Berkeley School of Law, where she was the Director of Research at the Berkeley Judicial Institute. She previously served as a United States Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to the fellowship, she clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan of the Ninth Circuit, and was a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. Professor Hoopes earned a Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program at UC Berkeley, and graduated magna cum laude from Cornell Law School, where she was an editor of the Cornell Law Review. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • J.D., Cornell Law School, magna cum laude
  • B.S., University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude



Forthcoming Articles


Book Chapters


Areas of Expertise

  • Immigration
  • Federal Courts