Communications Office

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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.



Alex A.G. Shapiro
Assistant Dean, Communications
Cell: (510) 829-2257

The Communications Team

Alex A.G. Shapiro
Assistant Dean, Communications
Cell: (510) 829-2257
Contact for help with:

  • Strategic communications planning  
  • Overall electronic and print communications strategy
  • 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) and Featured Research page
  • Content matters for Transcript magazine, the Giving Impact Report, the Admissions Viewbook, or other editorial projects in progress

Laurie Frasier
Creative Lead
Contact for help with:

  • Berkeley Law branding questions
  • Identity services and resources, including logo files, letterhead templates, and branded merchandise
  • Publications coordination
  • Identifying qualified communications professionals, including photographers, designers, and printers

Tove Sharp
Director of Media Relations
Cell: (310) 625-0655
Contact for help with:

  • Press inquiries
  • Media training for faculty
  • Assistance writing and placing op-eds

Gwyneth Shaw
Communications Writer
Cell: 202-465-2157
Contact for help with:

  • Editorial projects, particularly involving faculty research and intellectual life

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

  • Berkeley Law website inquiries
  • Berkeley Law blogs and microsites
  • Web design projects
  • Digital images and video
  • Events calendar
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