Jeffrey Selbin

  • Clinical Professor of Law
    Faculty Director, Policy Advocacy Clinic
  • Tel: 510-643-1076 | Fax: 510-643-4625
  • 590 Simon Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200

Jeffrey Selbin is a Clinical Professor of Law and directs the Policy Advocacy Clinic, which he founded in 2015. From 2014 to 2017, Selbin served as co-faculty director of the Henderson Center for Social Justice, and from 2006 to 2015, he served as faculty director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), Berkeley’s community-based clinic. Selbin 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, anti-poverty and criminal justice reform efforts. 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 currently serves as an elected member of the Clinical Law Review Editorial Board, and served two terms as an elected member of the board of directors of the Clinical Legal Education Association. From 2004 to 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 is co-author of the casebook Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice (2014). Other recent publications include: Measuring Law School Clinics in the Tulane Law Review (2018); Unmarked? Criminal Record Clearing and Employment Outcomes in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (2017); Eleanor Swift’s Indelible Public Interest Legacy at Berkeley Law in the California Law Review (2017); Poverty Law: United States in the International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences (2015); and The Clinic Lab Office in the Wisconsin Law Review (2013); Service Delivery, Resource Allocation and Access to Justice: Greiner and Pattanayak and the Research Imperative in the Yale Law Journal Online (2012); and The Clinic Effect in the Clinical Law Review (2012).

Selected recent reports published by the Policy Advocacy Clinic include: Homeless Exclusion Districts: How California Business Improvement Districts Use Policy Advocacy and Policing Practices to Exclude Homeless People from Public Space (2018); Making Families Pay: The Harmful, Unlawful and Costly Practice of Charging Juvenile Administrative Fees in California (2017); High Pain, No Gain: How Juvenile Administrative Fees Harm Low-Income Families in Alameda County, California (2016); and California’s New Vagrancy Laws: The Growing Enactment and Enforcement of Anti-Homeless Laws in the Golden State (2015 & 2016).

In 2018, Selbin received the Society of American Law Teachers Great Teacher Award and the U.C. Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Community Engaged Teaching. He has been recognized multiple times as a Northern California Super Lawyer; was named a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Fellow, honoring outstanding public interest lawyers (2004); and was selected as a Bellow Scholar by the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education for his anti-poverty and access-to-justice efforts (2003).


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

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