Charles Weisselberg

  • Shannon Cecil Turner Professor of Law
    Faculty Director, Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law
  • Tel: 510-643-8159
  • 688 Simon Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
  • Faculty Support Contact: Madison Farricker

Charles Weisselberg joined the Boalt faculty in 1998. He served as the founding director of the Center for Clinical Education, Boalt’s in-house clinical program, which he developed and administered from 1998 to 2006. Weisselberg also served as Associate Dean for the J.D. Curriculum from 2013 to 2015, and then as Associate Dean for Advanced Degree Programs. He directs the Sho Sato Program on Japanese and U.S. Law, and teaches criminal procedure, criminal law, and related courses.

After graduating from law school, Weisselberg practiced with a private law firm, taught in the clinical program at the University of Chicago Law School, and served as a trial attorney with Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. He taught at the University of Southern California Law School for 11 years, where he litigated post-conviction, civil rights, and immigration cases with his students and colleagues before numerous federal and state courts.

Weisselberg’s research focuses primarily on criminal procedure, immigration detention, and clinical legal education. Some of his most recent publications include “Against Innocence” in The Integrity of Criminal Process—From Theory to Practice (Hart 2016); “Big Law’s Sixth Amendment: The Rise of Corporate White-Collar Practices in Large U.S. Law Firms” (co-authored) in the Arizona Law Review; “Constitutional Criminal Procedure in the Shadow of the War on Terror — A Look at Recent Decisions and the Rhetoric of Terrorism” in Counter-Terrorism and Beyond: The Culture of Law and Justice After 9/11 (Routledge 2010); “Debate: The Right to Remain Silent” in the University of Pennsylania Law Review’s PENNumbra (2010); “Japan’s New Clinical Programs: A Study of Light and Shadow” (co-authored) in The Global Clinical Movement: Educating Lawyers for Social Justice (Oxford 2010); and “Mourning Miranda” in the California Law Review (2008). For each of the past eight Terms, Weisselberg has published reviews of the Supreme Court’s criminal cases in Court Review, the journal of the American Judges Association. He is currently at work on an article examining Miranda’s impact from a comparative perspective.

Weisselberg is active in legal education groups, bar associations, and criminal justice organizations. He is a past chair of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Clinical Legal Education. He has lectured at professional gatherings in the United States and abroad on topics ranging from graduate professional legal education to police interrogation. Weisselberg regularly works with pro bono counsel in trial and appellate cases.


B.A., The Johns Hopkins University (1979)
J.D., University of Chicago (1982)