Communications Office

The Office of Communications serves the law school by leading the schoolwide communications program and by providing direct service to individual units.

Our Primary Areas of Activity Are:

Media Relations

Conduct outreach to general and legal news media outlets to disseminate the school’s most compelling stories; provide expert commentary on issues of the day; and represent the school to regional, national, and international audiences.


Create publications to help recruit students, communicate with alumni, promote philanthropy, attract and inform research partners, and engage people with diverse interests in the life of the school.

Web Management

Develop the school’s website into an increasingly effective tool for informing and involving all constituencies, providing news content, overseeing design, and promoting an intuitive, interactive user experience.

Identity Program

Manage the School of Law’s branding standards, products, and services by defining appropriate uses of the school’s name, articulating its distinctive character, and providing logo files and letterhead templates for the school and its affiliates.

The Communications Team

Alex Shapiro
Executive Director of Communications
Contact for help with:

  • Strategic communications planning  
  • Overall electronic and print communications strategy

Kelly Devers Franklin
Media Relations Specialist/Public Information Representative
Cell: 646-262-3441
Contact for help with:

  • Media inquiries/spokesperson
  • Assistance with writing and placing Op-Eds, crafting messaging, and media training

Andrew Cohen
Senior Communications Writer
Contact for help with:

  • Content being developed for the website home page (news stories, Spotlight, Sidebar, news briefs) and monthly eNews bulletin
  • Content matters for Transcript, the Annual Report of Philanthropy, the Admissions Viewbook, or other editorial projects in progress

Susanna Spiro
Director, Web & Digital Media
Contact for help with:

  • Berkeley Law website inquiries
  • Berkeley Law blogs and faculty profiles
  • Web design projects
  • Images and video
  • Events calendar

Rachel Deletto
Writer and Social Media Manager
Contact for help with:

  • Social media
  • Alumni writing
  • Photography

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