2007 Press Releases

Media Advisory

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Attention: Supreme Court and Education Reporters

UC Berkeley Law School Experts Available for Interviews

Contact: Susan Gluss, media relations director, UC Berkeley School of Law
510.642.6936 or sgluss@law.berkeley.edu

The U.S. Supreme Court is in its final weeks of session with critical cases on the docket that concern free speech, school integration, price fixing, the environment, and more. The following University of California, Berkeley, Law School (Boalt Hall) experts are available for interviews on several cases, including:


  • Tellabs v. Makor : A claim of securities fraud under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Eric Talley : Professor of Law; Co-Director, the Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy. Talley is a leading authority on corporate law, and law and economics. Talley's notable recent publications include: “On Public versus Private Provision of Corporate Law” (with Hadfield) in the Journal of Law Economics & Organization, and “Unregulable Defenses and the Perils of Stockholder Choice” (with Arlen) in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. To interview Talley, please call: 510-642-7875. Email address: etalley@law.berkeley.edu

  • Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc .: A retail case that addresses price fixing claims and antitrust law.

Howard A. Shelanski : Associate Dean, J.D. Program, and Professor of Law; Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Shelanski has received a law degree and a doctorate in economics. He has clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and has taken leave from teaching to serve as chief economist of the Federal Communications Commission and senior economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers at the White House. To interview Shelanski, please call: 510-643-2743. Email address: hshelanski@law.berkeley.edu

First Amendment:

  • Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation : Taxpayer standing to sue executive branch over faith-based programs.
  • Federal Elections Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life : Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold Act).
  • Morse v. Frederick : A challenge to the constitutionality of a student's suspension for waving a "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner.

Jesse Choper : Earl Warren Professor of Public Law. Choper has served as law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the U.S. Supreme Court. Choper was one of the three major lecturers at U.S. Law Week's Annual Constitutional Law Conference in Washington, D.C. He has delivered 20 titled lectures at major universities throughout the country. Choper’s major publications include the book, Judicial Review and the National Political Process: A Functional Reconsideration of the Role of the Supreme Court. To interview Choper, please call: 510-642-0339. Email address: jchoper@law.berkeley.edu

Daniel Farber : Professor of Law; Director, Environmental Law Program. Farber has written many articles about environmental and constitutional law as well as contracts, jurisprudence, and legislation. His books include Retained by the People: The Silent Ninth Amendment and the Constitutional Rights Americans Don’t Know They Have ; Eco-Pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World; and The First Amendment and Environment Law in a Nutshell. After law school, Professor Farber clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. To interview Farber, please call: 510-642-0340. Email address: dfarber@law.berkeley.edu

School Integration:

  • Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District #1 and Meredith v. Jefferson County, Ky., Board of Education: A challenge against school districts that voluntarily use race-conscious measures to achieve racial integration and avoid segregated schools.

Goodwin Liu : Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley Law School . Liu's primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education policy, civil rights, and the Supreme Court. Liu is the Counsel of Record for the Amici Curiae brief of 19 former Chancellors of the University of California in support of the school districts’ integration programs. Liu, a Rhodes Scholar, has clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. To interview Liu, please call: 510-642-7509. Email address: gliu@law.berkeley.edu

Christopher Edley, Jr. : Dean and Professor of Law; Co-Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity. Edley joined UC Berkeley Law School as dean and professor of law in 2004, after 23 years as a professor at Harvard Law School, where he was founding co-director of the Harvard Civil Rights Project. He held various policy positions, among them directing the Clinton White House review of affirmative action and consulting with the President’s advisory board on race initiatives. To interview Edley, please call media relations director Susan Gluss: 510-642-6936. Or, email Edley: cedley@law.berkeley.edu

Criminal Sentencing:

  • Rita v. U.S. :  A case that asks whether a sentence within the range of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines is presumed to be "reasonable."

David Sklansky : Professor of Law. Sklansky teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Sklansky clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. He also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, where he specialized in white-collar fraud prosecutions. Sklansky is the author of a well-regarded evidence casebook, Evidence: Cases, Commentary, and Problems, and he has written extensively about criminal procedure and policing. To interview Sklansky, please call: 510-643-3506. Email address: dsklansky@law.berkeley.edu

  • Panetti v. Quarterman : Concerns the constitutional test for determining when an individual, by reason of mental illness, is incompetent and therefore cannot be executed.

Elisabeth Semel : Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Death Penalty Clinic . For more than 30 years, Semel has defended criminal cases in the state and federal courts, including homicides and capital cases. Semel left private practice to serve as the director of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project. She joined the Boalt faculty in 2001, as the first director of the Death Penalty Clinic. To interview Semel, please call: 510-642-0458. Email address: esemel@law.berkeley.edu


  • National Association of Home Builders, et al . v. Defenders of Wildlife et al.; Environmental Protection Agency v. Defenders of Wildlife et al .: Examines whether a federal agency’s action could jeopardize natural habitats protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Eric Biber : Assistant Professor of Law . Biber is a specialist in conservation biology, land-use planning, and public lands law. His principal research involves environmental and natural resources law, administrative law, and property rights. Prior to joining UC Berkeley Law School, he worked with Earthjustice, a public-interest nonprofit organization specializing in public lands and other environmental cases. To interview Biber, please call: 510-643-5647. Email address: ebiber@law.berkeley.edu

Rick Frank : Executive Director, California Center for Environmental Law & Policy. Frank joined Boalt Hall from the California Department of Justice, where he served as the chief deputy attorney general for legal affairs. Frank was the Attorney General's principal liaison to state government, the legislature and judiciary. He is an expert in environmental law, land use, energy issues, and property rights. To interview Frank, please call: 510-642-8305 . Email address: rfrank@law.berkeley.edu