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Anne Joseph O'Connell

Title: Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research; George Johnson Professor of Law
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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. Her publications have appeared (or are forthcoming) in the American Political Science Review, California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Virginia Law Review, among others.

Her article, "Vacant Offices", won the American Bar Association's Scholarship Award in Administrative Law for the best article or book published in 2009. Her article, "Political Cycles of Rulemaking", won the Association of American Law Schools' 2007-2008 Scholarly Papers Competition for faculty members with fewer than five years of law teaching. In 2006, she received an award from the Hellman Family Faculty Fund, which is given annually to "promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research," for her empirical project, Called to Account by Separated Powers: Regulatory Activity, Oversight, and Turnover of Federal Agency Leaders. She is currently working on an extensive collaborative project with Professor George Krause (University of Pittsburgh) on the loyalty and competence of agency officials from the past five completed administrations and the implications for their careers and agency performance.

Before joining the Berkeley Law faculty, O'Connell clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court during the October 2003 term. From 2001 to 2003, she was a trial attorney for the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division. She clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 2000 to 2001. O'Connell is a member of the New York bar.


B.A., Williams College (1992)
M. Phil., Cambridge University (1995)
J.D., Yale Law School (2000)
Ph.D., Harvard University (2002)

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