Professional LL.M. Faculty
Professional LL.M. classes are taught by the same world-renowned faculty members who teach our J.D. students. Here is the faculty line-up for summer 2012.
Professor Robert Bartlett (Securities Regulation)
Robert Bartlett joined the Berkeley Law faculty in the fall of 2009 from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he had been an assistant professor since 2005. Bartlett's primary research interests focus on the intersection of finance and business law, and he teaches in the areas of securities regulation, corporate finance, and contracts. Bartlett also serves as a member of the faculty board of the Berkeley Center on Law, Business and the Economy and is an editor of Berkeley Law’s VC Research Network.
Professor Robert C. Berring, Jr. (Contracts)
In 1982 Berring came to Boalt to serve as a professor and the director of the law library. From 1986 to 1989 he held a joint appointment as dean of the School of Library and Information Studies. Berring also served as interim dean of the law school from January 2003 to June 2004. He stepped down as director of the library in 2005. Berring is the author of several texts on legal research and has written extensively about the conversion of information from print to electronic form. His recent publications include Finding the Law (with Beth Edinger, 11th ed., 1999) and Legal Research Survival Manual, (with Edinger, 2002). He also created the award-winning video series Legal Research for the 21st Century.
Professor Bruce Budner (Professional Responsibility)
Bruce Budner brings 25 years of trial practice experience to the teaching of his course "Ethical Issues for the Trial Lawyer." Budner tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts, focusing his practice on commercial disputes, professional negligence cases, and personal injury matters. He has been a frequent writer, speaker, and expert witness on issues of professional negligence. Budner closed his law firm in Dallas, Texas in 2001 at which time he became Director of Legal Services for Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, a non-profit agency representing asylum seekers. After moving to the Bay Area, Budner served as Executive Director of the Rockridge Institute, a political think tank.
Professor Reza Dibadj (Antitrust)
Professor Dibadj joins us from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he teaches Administrative Law, Antitrust, Corporations and International Business Transactions. His research involves both corporate and securities law as well as administrative law and regulation. His writing focuses on two themes. The first involves the application of new tools, such as network theory, to legal analysis. The second is an exploration of different institutional choices the law has made. For instance, corporate and securities law often try to achieve similar goals, but through very different means; similarly for antitrust and regulation. For their part, corporate and administrative law each present distinct approaches to problems of governance and delegation. Which methods are preferable, and under what circumstances? These two themes converge in an attempt to propose new, welfare-enhancing, institutional arrangements for the relationship between government and business.
Emily F. Epstein (Negotiations)
Emily F. Epstein specializes in teaching negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and communication skills. She is currently adjunct faculty at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. In the past, she has served as associate faculty at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation and adjunct faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center. She is also the owner of Oakbay Consulting, a company that teaches negotiation and communication skills to corporations and non-profits worldwide.
Professor Daniel Farber (Academic Writing)
Daniel Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of Law and chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Faculty Director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment. Professor Farber serves on the editorial board of Foundation Press, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Law Institute. He is the editor of Issues in Legal Scholarship.
Professor Mark Gergen (Torts)
Mark Gergen joined the Berkeley faculty in 2008 after teaching at the University of Texas School of Law for over two decades. In the private law area he has taught Contracts, Torts, Property, Commercial Torts, and Oil and Gas. In the tax area he has taught Federal Income Tax, Partnership Tax, Corporate Tax, and Tax Policy. In the 2008-2009 academic year he is teaching Torts, Partnership Tax, and Remedies (for the first time). Gergen’s current scholarly interests include both private law and tax. In private law, his current work focuses on economic torts, restitution or unjust enrichment, equitable wrongs, and contract remedies. In tax, his current work focuses on partnership tax and regulating aggressive or abusive tax transactions.
Professor Andrea Goldman (Legal Research and Writing)
Andrea Goldman has been an attorney for eighteen years, and practiced family law since 2005. In this time she has represented clients in both routine and complex dissolution and custody matters, a complex paternity case, restraining order actions, and drafting pre-marital and post-marital agreements. She has also represented parties in cases where the community property was the copyrights of books and music. She is also a trained mediator. Prior to practicing family law, Andrea practiced criminal defense for ten years, at the trial and appellate levels, including working as a Deputy Public Defender in Solano County, and running her own criminal defense practice in Alameda County.
Professor Andrew Guzman (Foreign Investment Law)
Andrew Guzman is Professor of Law and Director of the Advanced Law degree Programs at Berkeley Law School, University of California, Berkeley. Professor Guzman holds a J.D. and Ph.D. (economics) from Harvard University. He has written extensively on international trade, international regulatory matters, foreign direct investment and public international law, and served as editor on the recently published Handbook of International Economic Law (Elgar Publishers) and authored How International Law Works (Oxford University Press). Professor Guzman is a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration's Academic Council and is on the board of several academic journals.
Professor Megan Hailey-Dunsheath (Legal Research and Writing)
In addition to teaching Legal Research and Writing, Megan Hailey-Dunsheath represents individuals in criminal post-conviction proceedings. Following graduation from Berkeley Law, she worked as a deputy public defender for two years, representing indigent criminal defendants at the pre-trial and trial levels. As a public defender, she also advocated for individuals in mental health conservatorship cases. She also spent six years representing death-sentenced inmates in state post-conviction proceedings as an attorney with the Habeas Corpus Resource Center.
Professor Justin McCrary (Business Associations)
Justin McCrary joined the Berkeley faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of law. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge), and a Fellow of the Criminal Justice Research Program, Institute for Legal Studies (Berkeley). His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Professor McCrary was assistant professor of public policy and assistant professor of economics at the University of Michigan.
Professor Peter Menell (Intellectual Property in the Digital Age)
After graduating from law school, Peter Menell clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. He joined the Boalt faculty in 1990 and co-founded the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology in 1995, where he serves as a director. Menell has visited at the Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard Law School, and Stanford Law School; taught an annual course on U.S. intellectual property law at the ETH (Zurich) since 1997; and organized more than three dozen intellectual property education programs for the Federal Judicial Center since 1998.
Professor Melissa Murray (Introduction to US Law)
Melissa Murray joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2006. She teaches Family Law, Criminal Law, and Advanced Topics in Family Law. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Murray served for two years as an associate in law at Columbia Law School. Murray is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar, and Yale Law School, where she was notes development editor of the Yale Law Journal. While in law school, she earned special recognition as an NAACP-LDF/Shearman & Sterling Scholar and was a semifinalist of Morris Tyler Moot Court. Following law school, Murray clerked for Sonia Sotomayor, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Murray is a member of the New York bar.
Professor Anne Joseph O’Connell (Civil Procedure)
Anne Joseph O'Connell joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2004. She teaches Administrative Law, Advanced Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, and Evidence. She has also taught a graduate seminar, Politics, Economics, and Law of Administrative Agencies, in UC Berkeley's Department of Political Science. O'Connell has written on a number of topics, including the qualifications and tenure of agency officials, vacancies in agency positions, patterns of agency rulemaking, agency design and reorganization, agency oversight (including congressional hearings and U.S. Government Accountability Office auditing of policy programs), and science and the law.
Professor Paul Schwartz (Introduction to Intellectual Property)
Paul Schwartz is a leading international expert on information privacy and information law. His scholarship focuses on how the law has sought to regulate and otherwise shape information technology - as well as the impact of information technology on law and democracy. Schwartz joined the faculty in 2006 after teaching at Brooklyn Law School and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville for eight years. He teaches privacy law. Schwartz has advised numerous U.S. and European governmental bodies on privacy and other legal issues and served as an adviser to the Commission of the European Union. In 2002-03, he was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels. Schwartz has also received a Humboldt Scholar Grant, a Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship.
David Sklansky (Evidence)
David A. Sklansky joined the Boalt faculty in 2005 following a decade at UCLA School of Law, where he won the campus wide Distinguished Teaching Award and was twice voted the law school's professor of the year. He teaches courses on criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence. Sklansky serves as faculty chair of the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice.
Professor Eric Talley (Mergers & Aquisitions)
Eric Talley joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2005 from the University of Southern California, where he had taught since 1995. He is a leading authority on corporate law, and law and economics. Talley has served as senior economist at the RAND Corporation's Institute for Civil Justice, as director of the LRN-RAND Center for the Study of Corporate Ethics, Governance and Law, and as interim director of the RAND-Kauffman Foundation Center for the Study of Small Business Litigation and Regulation. Talley serves as faculty co-director of BoaltBerkeley Center on Law, Business and the Economy.
Professor Robyn Wang (Legal Research and Writing)
Robyn Wang has been teaching legal writing and research at Berkeley Law since 2007. Prior to that, she was a public defender for ten years, conducting numerous jury trials. Ms. Wang graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and her undergraduate degree is from Harvard.
Professor Yen Trac (Legal Research and Writing)
Yen Trac is an attorney at Gap Inc. in San Francisco. In her current role, she represents Gap in complex commercial transactions. Prior to that, Yen was a tax attorney both in-house and in private practice in San Francisco. She specialized in the state and local taxation of multistate corporations, and in that capacity advised clients on their corporate restructurings and represented them in disputes and litigation with state taxing authorities. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law.
Professor John Yoo (Constitutional Law)
Professor Yoo joined the Boalt faculty in 1993, then clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers. Professor Yoo has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and the Free University of Amsterdam, and he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento, Italy in 2006. He has received research fellowships from the University of California, Berkeley, the Olin Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, and is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Professor Yoo also has received the Paul M. Bator Award for excellence in legal scholarship and teaching from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. He has testified before the judiciary committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and has advised the State of California on constitutional issues.