Bruce Budner

Bruce Budner has been teaching at the law school since 2009. He has primarily taught legal ethics, but has also taught trial advocacy, and a course on representing asylum seekers. In addition to his teaching, Mr. Budner has coached in the law school’s mock trial program and has been actively involved with CARC.

A native Texan, Mr. Budner had a lengthy career as a trial lawyer in Dallas, Texas. He handled a wide variety of matters including legal malpractice cases, business disputes, and personal injury cases. After closing his law firm, he served as legal director of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, where he represented asylum seekers and oversaw a roster of volunteer attorneys. After moving to the Bay Area, he became the Executive Director of the Rockridge Institute, a Berkeley-based political think tank.

Mr. Budner graduated with honors from Tufts University and the University of Texas School of Law.


B.A., Tufts University (1974)
J.D., University of Texas School of Law (1977)