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Hillary L. Berk


Year: Doctorate in JSP


Legal Studies Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-2014, University of California Berkeley.


Discipline: Sociology of Law

Law and Gender
Reproduction, Technology and Law
Law and Emotions
Sociology of Law and Organizations
Sociology of Work
Law and Family
Dispute Resolution


J.D., Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College (1997)
Natural Resources Law Certification, Lewis and Clark College (1997)
B.A., Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara (1992)
B.A., English, University of California Santa Barbara (1992)

Certified Public Policy and Family Mediator

Licensed with the Oregon and California State Bars


University of California Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2012-2013
Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Research Fellowship, 2012-2013
National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2011-2012
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Winner, UCB Legal Studies 2008-2009
Jurisprudence and Social Policy Fellowship 2007-2008; 2010
Gerald Engel Scholarship 2007-2008
Selznick Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley 2006-2007
J.V.S. Scholarship 2006-2007; 2008-2009
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Law and Society, UCSB 2002-2003
Best Oral Advocate, Moot Court Competition 1995
PAX 2100 Fellowship UCSB 1991

Academic Experiences:

Instructor, Legal Studies Program, University of California Berkeley: Sociology of Law (2013) and Legal Rights, Science and Society (2012; 2014)

Lecturer, Law and Society Program, University of California Santa Barbara (2002-2006) Courses created and taught: Gender and the Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Jurisprudence; Law, Science and Technology; Lawyers and the Legal Profession; Women in Law; Law and Society Grad Student Seminar; Senior Honors Thesis; faculty supervisor for The Law and Society Review at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Assistant, Professor Lauren Edelman, University of California, Berkeley (2006-2008)

Research Assistant, School Rights Project, Professors Lauren Edelman and Calvin Morrill (2007-2008)

Graduate Student Instructor: Government and the Family, Professor Joan H. Hollinger (2007); Feminist Jurisprudence, Professor Kathryn Abrams (2008; 2009); Sex, Reproduction and the Law, Professor Joan H. Hollinger (2009)

Employment Experiences:

Faculty, Law and Society Program, University of California, Santa Barbara (2002-2006; summer 2007)

Hillary Berk, Mediation Works!; Institute for Conflict Management; Linda Scher, Family Mediation
Oregon Judicial Department, Family Law Policy Analyst (2001)
Managing Attorney, Brayton Purcell, Curtis and Geagan (1998-2000)
Williams and Troutwine (1997-1998)

Dissertation Abstract:

The Legalization of Emotion: Risk, Gender and the Management of Feeling in Contracts for Surrogate Labor