David A. Carrillo

  • Lecturer in Residence
    Executive Director, California Constitution Center
  • carrillo@law.berkeley.edu
  • Tel: 510-664-4953
  • 337B Boalt Hall (North Addition), Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
  • Faculty Support Contact: Barbara Karvelot

David A. Carrillo joined the Berkeley Law faculty as the founding Executive Director of the California Constitution Center in 2012. The center is devoted to developing scholarship concerning the California Constitution and the California Supreme Court.

Dr. Carrillo received his doctorate from Berkeley Law, with a dissertation focused on several areas of California constitutional law. Dr. Carrillo teaches courses on the California Constitution and the California Supreme Court, publishes articles on those subjects in law journals and other scholarly publications, and edits a blog about the state high court (SCOCAblog.com).

Dr. Carrillo was in active practice for 16 years, as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, as a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco, as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County, and as a commercial litigation associate in private practice.

Currently Dr. Carrillo serves on the board of the California Bar Foundation, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Foundation for Democracy and Justice, and is a member of the State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts. Previously he was a director of the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco and of the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation in Alameda County. Dr. Carrillo chaired the judicial appointments committee of the Alameda County Bar Association, served on the State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and the Committee of Bar Examiners, as well as San Francisco and Alameda bar association committees on judicial appointments. Currently he also serves on the board of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association and the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies, and is a life member of the La Raza Lawyers Association (San Francisco and East Bay) and of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

A member of the California bar since 1995, Dr. Carrillo is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern District Courts of California.


B.A., UC Berkeley (1991)
J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1995)
LL.M., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (2007)
J.S.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (2011)