William H.D. Fernholz, who goes by “Bill,” has taught at Berkeley Law for twenty years. He has devoted his professional career to three missions.
First, Bill has taught Fundamentals of U.S. Law, the introductory substantive law course for LL.M. students, for over a decade. In that time, he has been the first teacher for more than 1,000 LL.M. students, and introduced those talented international lawyers to the successes and failures of the American system of governance and the common-law method of case analysis.
Second, Bill has educated a generation of domestic J.D. students in the skills of legal writing and oral advocacy, primarily through the upper-level course, Appellate Advocacy. Students in that course brief and argue cases currently pending in the California Supreme Court, using materials from the actual record of the case and adhering as closely to rules of that court as the classroom will allow. Bill also supervised the competitions program at Berkeley Law until 2018.
Third, Bill teaches lawyering for social justice. He co-directs the Ninth Circuit Practicum, in which J.D. students represent indigent clients in asylum and civil rights cases before the largest federal appellate circuit in the nation. He has previously taught social justice courses, such as Employment Discrimination and Civil Rights Litigation.
Before teaching at Berkeley Law, Bill practiced civil rights and poverty law at several Bay Area law firms and nonprofits. Bill is a 1993 graduate of Berkeley Law, where he served as Senior Executive Editor of the law review.
B.A., Carleton College (1989)
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (1993)
William H. D. Fernholz is teaching the following courses in Fall 2023:
Courses During Other Semesters
|Semester||Course Num||Course Title||Teaching Evaluations||Summer 2024||208.9S sec. 001||Fundamentals of U.S. Law||Spring 2024||243.71 sec. 001||Advanced 9th Circuit Practicum Seminar||243.7B sec. 001||Advanced 9th Circuit Practicum||Summer 2023||208.9S sec. 001||Fundamentals of U.S. Law||View Teaching Evaluation||Spring 2023||243.71 sec. 001||Advanced 9th Circuit Practicum Seminar||View Teaching Evaluation||243.7B sec. 001||Advanced 9th Circuit Practicum||View Teaching Evaluation||Fall 2022||208.9 sec. 001||Fundamentals of U.S. Law||View Teaching Evaluation||243 sec. 001||Appellate Advocacy||View Teaching Evaluation||243.7 sec. 001||9th Circuit Practicum Seminar||View Teaching Evaluation||243.7A sec. 001||9th Circuit Practicum||View Teaching Evaluation||Summer 2022||208.9S sec. 001||Fundamentals of U.S. Law||View Teaching Evaluation||Spring 2022||243.71 sec. 001||Advanced 9th Circuit Practicum Seminar||View Teaching Evaluation||243.7B sec. 001||Advanced 9th Circuit Practicum||View Teaching Evaluation|