Patricia Plunkett Hurley

  • Professor of Legal Writing
  • Tel: 510-642-7207 | Fax: 510-642-3856
  • 468 Law Building, Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
  • Faculty Support Contact: Lisa Bazan

Patricia Plunkett Hurley joined the faculty at Berkeley Law after serving as a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit for five years. During that time, she wrote memorandum dispositions and presented cases to 3-judge panels in both criminal and civil appeals. As a motions attorney, she handled all kinds of civil and criminal motions including emergency motions for bail pending appeal and stays of preliminary injunctions. While working at the court, she also taught legal research and writing at Hastings College of the Law.

Hurley has been teaching in the First Year Skills program since 1999. She has given presentations at regional and national legal writing conferences and at judicial externship seminars for Berkeley’s Field Placement program. In 2013, she received the Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction.


B.A., Boston College (1988)
J.D., Northeastern University (1994)