Jeffrey Selbin

  • Clinical Professor of Law
    Faculty Director, Policy Advocacy Clinic
    Co-Faculty Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
  • Tel: 510-643-1076 | Fax: 510-643-4625
  • 590 Simon Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
  • Faculty Support Contact: Farrah Fanara

Jeffrey Selbin is a clinical professor of law, director of the Policy Advocacy Clinic, and co-faculty director of the Henderson Center for Social Justice. From 2006 to 2015, Selbin served as faculty director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), Berkeley’s community-based clinic. He founded EBCLC’s HIV/AIDS Law Project in 1990 as a Skadden Fellow, and served as EBCLC’s Executive Director from 2002 through 2006. During the 2010-11 academic year, Selbin was a visiting clinical professor at Yale Law School.

Selbin is active in local and national clinical legal education and anti-poverty efforts. In recent years, he chaired the Poverty Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and co-chaired the Lawyering in the Public Interest (Bellow Scholar) Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education. He served two terms as an elected member of the board of directors of the Clinical Legal Education Association. From 2004-2006, Selbin served on the California State Bar Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, dedicated to improving and increasing access to justice for low-income Californians.

Selbin’s research interests include clinical education and community lawyering, with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches. He is co-author of Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice (2014, with Juliet Brodie, Clare Pastore and Ezra Rosser). Other recent publications include The Clinic Lab Office in the Wisconsin Law Review (2013 with Jeanne Charn); Service Delivery, Resource Allocation and Access to Justice in the Yale Law Journal Online (2012 with Jeanne Charn, Anthony Alfieri and Stephen Wizner); Access to Evidence in The Center for American Progress (2011 with Josh Rosenthal and Jeanne Charn); The Clinic Effect in the Clinical Law Review (2009 with Rebecca Sandefur); and From “The Art of War” to “Being Peace”: Mindfulness and Community Lawyering in a Neoliberal Age in the California Law Review (2007 with Angela Harris and Margaretta Lin).

In 2003, Selbin was recognized with Mary Louise Frampton as a Bellow Scholar by the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education for his anti-poverty and access-to-justice efforts. In 2004, he was named a Wasserstein Fellow, honoring outstanding public interest lawyers, by Harvard Law School.


B.A., University of Michigan (1983)
C.E.P., L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques (1986)
J.D., Harvard University (1989)