Steve Castleman is a Clinical Supervising Attorney in UC Berkeley’s Environmental Law Clinic. He began his legal career as an Investigator in the San Francisco District Attorney’s White Collar Crime Unit while attending law school at night. After passing the Bar, he became a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Criminal Division, gaining significant trial experience before returning to the White Collar Crime Unit. There he helped pioneer local civil and criminal environmental enforcement, creating the SF district attorney’s Environmental Unit, which he led for a decade. Among other accomplishments, he obtained the first misdemeanor and the first felony jury convictions under California’s Hazardous Waste Control Act.
After taking a sabbatical from the law to raise children, Castleman spent three years as a staff attorney at the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic at Golden Gate University School of Law. Among his major projects were documenting the disproportionate impact of concrete manufacturers’ air pollution on communities of color and exposing fraud in the cleanup of radiation contamination at a San Francisco Superfund site, a former Navy base.
Castleman graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Chinese Studies and earned his J.D. at the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Steve Castleman is teaching the following courses in Fall 2021:
Courses During Other Semesters
|Semester||Course Num||Course Title||Spring 2022||295.5E sec. 001||Environmental Law Clinic||295.5F sec. 001||Advanced Environmental Law Clinic|