Center Staff

Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director

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Dimple Abichandani is the Executive Director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School.  Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Abichandani worked on racial justice and challenging post-9/11 discrimination as a program officer at the Proteus Fund for five years where she managed the Security & Rights Collaborative (SRC) a donor collaborative aimed at restoring civil rights and liberties that have been eroded in the name of national security.  Abichandani’s accomplishments at the SRC include designing an innovative approach funding collaborative communications work that has been the subject of several reports and articles and a model for other social justice fields. Between 2003-2008, Abichandani worked at Legal Services NYC, first as a staff attorney and later as the Director of Program Development at Legal Services NYC, a role in which she created impact-oriented advocacy projects to address the civil legal needs of low-income communities, with a focus on immigrants’ rights. Abichandani founded the Language Access Project to ensure access to justice for limited English proficient individuals, and developed a low-wage workers rights project. She currently serves on the board of Forward Together, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Asian Law Caucus and served for six years as a Board Member for the Third Wave Foundation. Abichandani earned a JD at Northeastern University School of Law in 2002, and a BA in English with Honors at the University of Texas at Austin.

B.A., University of Texas at Austin
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law


Bertrall Ross, 2014-15 Co-Faculty Director

Bertrall RossBertrall Ross's research interests are driven by a normative concern about democratic responsiveness and a methodological approach that integrates political theory and empirical social science into discussions of legal doctrine, the institutional role of courts, and democratic design. In the area of legislation, his current research seeks to address how courts should reconcile legislative supremacy with the vexing problem of interpreting statutes in contexts not foreseen by the enacting legislature. In election law, he is examining the constitutional dimensions and the structural sources of the marginalization of the poor in the American political process.

Prior to joining the Boalt Hall community, Ross was a Kellis Parker Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School. He clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Myron Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama. 

Ross teaches Legislation, Election Law, and Constitutional Law.

B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
M.Sc. London School of Economics
M.P.A., Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
J.D., Yale Law School

Jeff Selbin, 2014-15 Co-Faculty Director

Jeff SelbinJeffrey Selbin was appointed clinical professor of law in 2006 and faculty director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), Berkeley Law's community-based clinic. He founded EBCLC's HIV/AIDS Law Project in 1990 as a Skadden Fellow, and served as EBCLC's Executive Director from 2002 through 2006. During the 2010-11 academic year, Selbin was a visiting clinical professor at Yale Law School. He currently directs EBCLC’s Policy Advocacy Clinic.

Selbin is active in local and national clinical legal education and anti-poverty efforts. In recent years, he chaired the Poverty Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and co-chaired the Lawyering in the Public Interest (Bellow Scholar) Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education. He served two terms as an elected member of the board of directors of the Clinical Legal Education Association. From 2004-2006, Selbin served on the California State Bar Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, dedicated to improving and increasing access to justice for low-income Californians.

Selbin's research interests include clinical education and community lawyering, with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches. He is co-author of Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice (2014, with Juliet Brodie, Clare Pastore and Ezra Rosser). Other recent publications include The Clinic Lab Office in the Wisconsin Law Review (2013 with Jeanne Charn); Service Delivery, Resource Allocation and Access to Justice in the Yale Law Journal Online (2012 with Jeanne Charn, Anthony Alfieri and Stephen Wizner); Access to Evidence in The Center for American Progress (2011 with Josh Rosenthal and Jeanne Charn); The Clinic Effect in the Clinical Law Review (2009 with Rebecca Sandefur); and From "The Art of War" to "Being Peace": Mindfulness and Community Lawyering in a Neoliberal Age in the California Law Review (2007 with Angela Harris and Margaretta Lin).

In 2003, Selbin was recognized with Mary Louise Frampton as a Bellow Scholar by the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education for his anti-poverty and access-to-justice efforts. In 2004, he was named a Wasserstein Fellow, honoring outstanding public interest lawyers, by Harvard Law School.

B.A., University of Michigan
C.E.P., L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques
J.D., Harvard University


Ariana Ceja, Program Assistant

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Ariana Ceja joined the Henderson Center in 2008. Before joining the Henderson Center she worked for both the Vice President for Student Services and the Director of Judicial Affairs at California State University, Long Beach.

B.A., Humboldt State University
M.S., California State University, Long Beach


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