Faculty

Professional LL.M. students learn from the same world-renowned faculty who teach in the J.D. program during the August-May school year.

Internationally recognized legal scholars like Steven Davidoff Solomon and Robert Merges spend a portion of each summer teaching mergers & acquisitions, patent law and more in an intimate classroom environment composed of experienced legal professionals from around the world. Our faculty includes founders and directors of our legal centers, teachers with decades of experience, real-world practitioners and international experts.  Focused specifically on the LL.M. audience, their courses provide American legal expertise with a global flavor.

Our faculty is packed with ultra-high-achievers. Just read our professors’ profiles and see for yourself. But they’re famously approachable and accessible, too. Most look for ways to engage with students outside the classroom—whether by collaborating on a research project or simply mingling over lunch in our sunny courtyards.

LL.M. Professional Track: Faculty Teaching Summer 2016

Kathryn Abrams, Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law (Constitutional Law)
Teaches feminist jurisprudence, voting rights and constitutional law; winner of several awards for teaching and for service to women.

Shawn Bayern, Visiting Professor (Contracts)
Larry and Joyce Beltz Professor of Torts, Florida State University

Ashutosh Bhagwat, Visiting Professor (Administrative Law)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, School of Law

Eric Biber, Professor of Law (Environmental Law)
Worked as a litigator in the Denver office of Earthjustice, a public-interest nonprofit organization specializing in public lands and other environmental cases

Andrew BradtAssistant Professor or Law (International Litigation & Arbitration)
His current research focuses on the adaptation of procedural and choice-of-law systems to large-scale multijurisdictional litigation, with a particular interest in federal multidistrict litigation

Bruce Budner, Lecturer (Legal Ethics)
Served as legal director of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas and Executive Director of the Rockridge Institute, a Berkeley-based political think tank

Richard Buxbaum, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of International Law, Emeritus (Partnerships & LLCs)
A member of the Berkeley Law faculty since 1961, former editor in chief of the American Journal of Comparative Law, and founder/first chair of UC Berkeley’s Center for German and European Studies and Center for Western European Studies

Abraham CableVisiting Professor (Business Associations)
Associate Professor at UC Hastings School of Law

Marcus ColeVisiting Professor (Contracts)
William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law at Stanford Law School

Steven Davidoff SolomonProfessor of Law (Mergers & Acquisitions)
A financial regulation expert named to a list of the 100 most influential governance professionals and institutions in the country by the National Association of Corporate Directors

James DempseyExecutive Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (Cybersecurity)
A leading expert on privacy and Internet policy for three decades

Ben Depoorter, Visiting Professor (Copyright Law)
Holds the Roger J. Traynor Research Chair at U.C. Hastings and is an Affilate Scholar at the Stanford University Center for Internet & Society

Reza Dibadj, Visiting Professor (Antitrust, Business Associations)
Articles have appeared in over twenty academic journals, including the Antitrust Bulletin, University of Colorado Law Review, San Diego Law Review, Stanford Journal of International Law, and Washington University Law Review

William Dodge, Visiting Professor (International Business Transactions)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, School of Law

Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law; Co-Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (Academic Writing, International Environmental Law)
Serves on the editorial board of Foundation Press; a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Life Member of the American Law Institute

Sean FarhangProfessor of Law (Fundamentals of US Law)
Author of The Litigation State: Public Regulation and Private Lawsuits in the U.S. (Princeton University Press, 2010), which received the Gladys M. Kammerer Award from the American Political Science Association for the best book in the field of U.S. national policy, as well as the C. Herman Pritchett award for the best book on law and courts.

William H. D. Fernholz, Lecturer in Residence and Director, Appellate Program (Fundamentals of US Law)
Practiced plaintiff-side poverty and civil rights law for seven years as a staff attorney for California Indian Legal Services

Jay Finkelstein, Visiting Professor (International Business Negotiations)
A partner at DLA Piper LLP (US), where he has practiced corporate and securities law for over 30 years.

Stavros GadinisAssistant Professor of Law (Business Associations)
His research examines questions in financial regulation and international business transactions, focusing on the relationship between the financial industry and government regulators.

Hans Rainer Kuenzle, Visiting Professor (Partnerships & LLC)
Titular Professor of Private and Comparative Private Law, University of Zurich

Peter S. Menell, Robert L. Bridges Professor of Law and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (Introduction to IP)
Co-founded the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology in 1995

Robert P. Merges, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (Patent Law)
Serves as a special consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and is a member of the Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property

Saira Mohamed, Assistant Professor of Law (International Human Rights) 
Served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan

Anne Joseph O’Connell, George Johnson Professor of Law (Civil Procedure) 
Won the American Bar Association’s Scholarship Award in Administrative Law for the best article or book published in 2009 (“Vacant Offices”)

Bertrall RossAssistant Professor of Law (Legislation and Statutory Interpretation)
His current research seeks to address how courts should reconcile legislative supremacy with the problem of interpreting statutes in contexts not foreseen by the enacting legislature.

Andrea Roth, Assistant Professor of Law (Evidence)
Served as a trial and appellate attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) and founded a Forensic Practice Group that studied and litigated forensic DNA typing

David SchraubLecturer & Darling Foundation Fellow (Energy Law)

Paul M. Schwartz, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (Privacy Law)
A leading international expert on information privacy and information law

Talha Syed, Assistant Professor of Law (Torts)
His current research focuses on patents and alternative innovation policies for pharmaceuticals, health care allocation and distribution, and normative legal theory.

Eric TalleyVisiting Professor (Corporate Finance)
Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Robert Thompson, Visiting Professor (Securities Regulation)
Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law at Georgetown Law School

Urska Velikonja, Visiting Professor (Mergers & Acquisitions)
Associate Professor of Law, Emory Law School

John Choon Yoo, Professor of Law (International Litigation & Arbitration)
Served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2001-2003