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 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. His most recent publications include “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); “Selected Criminal Cases in the United States Supreme Court (annually, for the last four Terms) in Court Review; “Mourning Miranda” in the California Law Review (2008); and “Terror in the Courts: Beginning to Assess the Impact of Terrorism-Related Prosecutions on Domestic Criminal Law and Procedure in the USA” in Crime, Law & Social Change (2008); and “Good Film, Bad Jury” in the Chicago-Kent Law Review (2007).
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)