Professor Hillman joined the UC Hastings faculty in 2007. Prior to that, she was professor of law and director of faculty development at Rutgers University School of Law at Camden, where she won awards for teaching, a Board of Trustees Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, and a Human Dignity Award for service to the university community. Professor Hillman has testified before Congress and as an expert at trial about military law, history, and culture, topics about which she frequently writes and speaks.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Professor Hillman attended Duke University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship, earned a degree in electrical engineering, and served as a space operations officer and orbital analyst in Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base, Colorado Springs. She taught history at the U.S. Air Force Academy and at Yale University, where she earned a PhD in history and JD from Yale Law School before joining the faculty at Rutgers.
Dean Hillman serves on the Response Systems Panel (RSP), an independent panel authorized by Congress in 2013 to study and make recommendations regarding the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of military sexual assault, and is the chair of an RSP subcommittee asked to compare civilian and military systems of responding to adult sexual assault. She is also a director of the National Institute of Military Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting fairness in and public understanding of military justice worldwide, and co-legal director of the Palm Center, a public policy research institute that played a key role in ending the “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy of discriminating against gay men and lesbians in the U.S. armed forces. She has published two books, Military Justice Cases and Materials (2d ed. 2012, LexisNexis, with Eugene R. Fidell and Dwight H. Sullivan) and Defending America: Military Culture and the Cold War Court-Martial (Princeton University Press, 2005), and many articles, the most recent a chapter entitled “Sexual Violence in State Militaries” in Prosecuting International Sex Crimes (Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law, 2012). Her current research concerns the law and politics of aerial bombing, military sexual violence, veterans’ claims and benefits, and trust administration (she is a bar review lecturer on California wills and trusts). And she still roots for the Steelers.
Courses Taught: Constitutional Law I & II, Civil Procedure I, Wills & Trusts, Military Law, Law & Biography, and the Community Law Program, through which students teach in high schools as part of the national Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program
Expertise: Military Justice, Legal History, Constitutional Law, and Gender and Sexuality in the Law