Heather Warnken

Legal Policy Associate
Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
2850 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 500
Berkeley, CA 94705-7220
Tel: 510-642-3466
Fax: 510-643-7095
Email Address: hwarnken@law.berkeley.edu

Heather Warnken, Esq., LL.M. is a Legal Policy Associate at the Warren Institute, focusing on juvenile justice, crime victims’ rights and services, and violence against women. Warnken recently led a statewide study on access to the Victim Compensation Program for underserved victims of crime, and authored Untold Stories of California Crime Victims: Research and Recommendations on Repeat Victimization and Rebuilding Lives. Beginning in 2014, Warnken will serve as a Program Director for Partners for Each and Every Child (PEEC) in the area of Effective Partnerships to Support Student Success. Warnken has been at the Warren Institute since 2011.  Prior to coming to the Warren Institute, she earned a B.A. with honors from John Hopkins University (2004); a J.D. cum laude with pro bono distinction from Suffolk University Law School (2009, spending her 3L year at Berkeley Law), and a Masters of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, where she received the Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women Award (presented annually to a UC Berkeley graduate student with a deep commitment to ending violence against women). Warnken served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Murphy, Jr., Court of Appeals of Maryland, and has provided pro bono direct legal services in domestic violence, family law, and child welfare related matters. She is a 2014-2015 Women’s Foundation of California Women’s Policy Institute Fellow – Criminal Justice, a 2013-2014 New Leaders Council Fellow, and serves on the Boards of New Leaders Council - San Francisco, The Alipato Project, and the Center for Justice and Accountability’s Young Professionals Committee for Human Rights.

Education:
LL.M., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2011)
J.D., Suffolk University Law School (2009)
B.A., John Hopkins University (2004)