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Jason P. Nance

Associate Professor of Law
Associate Director, Center on Children and Families



Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0992

(352) 392-3005


Jason P. Nance is an Associate Professor of Law and the Associate Director for Education Law and Policy at the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He teaches education law, remedies, torts, and introduction to the legal profession. He focuses his research and writing on racial inequalities in the public education system, school discipline, the school-to-prison pipeline, students’ rights, and other issues in education law. His scholarship has been or will soon be published in the Washington University Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Arizona State Law Journal, Colorado Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review among several other journals. Professor Nance currently serves as the reporter for the American Bar Association's Joint Task Force on Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, where he is authoring a report and recommendations and proposing resolutions for the ABA to adopt to help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline nationwide.

In addition to earning a J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Professor Nance has a Ph.D. in education administration from the Ohio State University, where he also focused on empirical methodology. Prior to joining the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2011, Professor Nance was a visiting assistant professor of law at the Villanova University School of Law and a visiting assistant professor of applied statistics at the Ohio State University's College of Education. He also was a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for several years and clerked for Judge Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Before attending graduate school and law school, Professor Nance served a public school math teacher in a large, metropolitan school district.

Professor Nance's scholarship can be found on:


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School Ph.D., The Ohio State University M.A., The Ohio State University B.A., Brigham Young University

Teaching and Scholarship

Education Law, Empirical Legal Studies, Torts, Remedies, The Legal Profession

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as Assistant Professor in 2011
  • Previous Academic Experience: Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law (Fall 2010); Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics, The Ohio State University (2002 – 2003)
  • Previous Professional Experience: Litigation Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (2007 – 2011); Law Clerk to Judge Kent A. Jordan, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Dec. 2006 – Sept. 2007); Law Clerk to Judge Kent A. Jordan, United States District Court for the District of Delaware (Sept. 2006 – Dec. 2006); Public School Teacher, Aldine Independent School District, Houston, Texas (1996 – 1999)

Education Law



Introduction to the Legal Profession


  • Students, Police, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, 93 Washington University Law Review __ (forthcoming).
  • Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Tools for Change, __ Arizona State Law Journal __ (forthcoming).
  • An Empirical Analysis of Diversity in the Legal Profession, 47 Connecticut Law Review 271 (2014) (with Paul E. Madsen).
  • School Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment, 2014 Wisconsin Law Review 79, quoted in Hawker v. Sandy City Corp., 774 F.3d 1243, 1245 (10th Cir. 2014) (Lucero, J., concurring).
  • Students, Security, and Race, 63 Emory Law Journal 1 (2013).
  • Random, Suspicionless Searches of Students’ Belongings: A Legal, Empirical, and Normative Analysis, 84 University of Colorado Law Review 367 (2013).
  • The Law Review Article Selection Process: Results from a National Study, 71 Albany Law Review 565 (2008) (with Dylan J. Steinberg).
  • Protecting Students From Abuse: Public School District Liability for Student Sexual Abuse Under State Child Abuse Reporting Laws, 36 Journal of Law and Education 33 (2007) (with Philip T.K. Daniel).
  • Contexts of Accountability Under Systemic Reform: Implications for Principal Influence on Instruction and Supervision, 43 Education Administration Quarterly 3 (2007) (with Helen M. Marks) (peer reviewed).
  • Public School Administrators and Technology Policy Making, 39 Education Administration Quarterly 434 (2003) (peer reviewed).
  • The Role of the Administrator in Instructional Technology Policy, 2002 BYU Education and Law Journal 211 (with Philip T.K. Daniel).

Book Chapters/Collected Works:

  • Curriculum and Instruction Policy in the Context of Multiple Accountabilities, in Improving Schools: Studies in Leadership and Culture 193–221 (Wayne K. Hoy & Michael DiPaola eds., 2008) (with Helen M. Marks).


  • School Security Considerations After Newtown, 65 Stanford Law Review Online 103 (2013).
  • Fostering Safe Learning Environments, 71 Educational Leadership (2013).