Berkeley Law professors are prolific, insightful scholars with broad and significant influence felt well beyond the school’s walls through their research, legal advocacy, policymaking and commentary.

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  • Professor Dylan Penningroth

    More Praise for Penningroth

    Professor Dylan Penningroth’s book Before the Movement: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights has won the Law & Society Association’s J. Willard Hurst Book Prize, the latest in a string of accolades and honors. Since its publication last fall, it's racked up a number of awards, including  the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History or Biography and two — the Merle Curti Social History Award and the Ellis W. Hawley Prize — from the Organization of American Historians. The book was also a finalist for the Lynton Prize.
  • david a. carrillo

    Considering Abortion Restrictions Through the Lens of Religious Freedom

    “The Free Exercise Right to Life,” by California Constitution Center Executive Director David A. Carrillo, center senior research fellow Allison Macbeth, and Daniel Bogard, explores the impact of the U.S. Constitution’s Free Exercise Clause on abortion access in the aftermath of the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which put abortion rights issues in the hands of state legislatures.
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    At the Pinnacle of Corporate Law Scholarship

    “Does Voluntary Financial Disclosure Matter? The Case of Fairness Opinions in Mergers and Acquisitions,” an article by Professors Steven Davidoff Solomon and Adam Badawi and Berkeley Center for Law and Business Senior Fellow Matthew Cain, has been recognized as one of the top 10 corporate and securities articles of 2023 by Corporate Practice Commentator. It’s the eighth time on the annual list for Solomon and the second for Badawi. 
  • professor emily rong zhang

    Research to Help Renew Democracy

    Professor Emily Rong Zhang is one of the first recipients of Public Agenda’s Democracy Renewal Project grants — which are funding studies that show how to reach universal access to elections while strengthening trust and confidence in one of democracy’s core mechanisms. Zhang and Naomi Sugie of the University of California, Irvine, will expand the scope of a randomized controlled trial testing text-messaging interventions to enhance political participation among individuals with criminal records and their families.
  • Professor Kenneth Ayotte

    Questioning ‘Golden Ticket’ Bankruptcy

    In a recent article in the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Professor Kenneth Ayotte and Alex Zhicheng Huang, a Robbins J.S.D. Fellow, analyze how “debtor-in-possession” (DIP) loans, which are intended to help a company finance its bankruptcy case, are effectively reorganization plans in disguise.

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