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Stephen A. Rosenbaum

Title: John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer
Email Address: srosenbaum@law.berkeley.edu

Stephen Rosenbaum has been a Lecturer at Berkeley Law since 1988, primarily teaching professional skills courses. He also holds a Visiting Researcher Scholar appointment at Berkeley’s Haas Institute for an Inclusive & Fair Society. Rosenbaum’s courses include: Social Justice Skills & Practice Issues; Mental Health Law, Advocacy & Policy; Civil Rights Litigation; Student Rights on Campus; Involuntary Civil Commitment; and Spanish Language and Cultural Competency. He has also taught the core policy course at the Goldman School of Public Policy and has regularly offered a disability rights and justice course at Stanford Law School. In 2012-14, Rosenbaum had a Visiting Senior Lecturer appointment at the University of Washington, where he co-founded a business and human rights clinic, taught a human rights advocacy seminar and co-taught a clinical tutorial for LLM candidates from Afghanistan and Indonesia. In 2015, Rosenbaum taught introduction to legal systems and alternative dispute resolution at the American University of Phnom Penh and advised on development of the school’s law program. He spent the next semester supervising law students in Golden Gate University’s Women’s Employment Rights Clinic.

Rosenbaum has been a long-time litigator with California Rural Legal Assistance, currently serving as Regional Director of some of its Central Valley and Central Coast offices. Previously, he was a senior litigation attorney with the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, associate managing attorney with Disability Rights California, and Of Counsel to the San Francisco Law Offices of Michael S. Sorgen.

Rosenbaum’s scholarship is in the areas of disability, special education, lay advocacy, international human rights and experiential legal education. He has litigated a number of impact cases in federal and state court on behalf of immigrants and persons with disabilities and has represented many individuals in mediation and administrative hearings. Rosenbaum has conducted numerous training workshops for parents (English and Spanish), school professionals, lawyers and administrative law judges in the area of special education. He is a regular speaker at academic and professional conferences, in media appearances and before legislative committees.

As a recipient of State Department U.S. Speaker & Specialist grants, Rosenbaum has given periodic lectures to jurists, journalists and non-governmental activists in francophone Africa. He has lectured on such themes as alternative dispute resolution, judicial independence and the American approach to human rights and was asked to help establish a law school clinic and bar association pro bono program in Togo. Rosenbaum has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) School of Critical Studies in Education. He served as Advisor to the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in Egypt shortly after the January 25 Revolution, supporting professional skills and clinical education reform activities, including the establishment of an environmental justice law school clinic in Greater Cairo. He also assisted in the development of a domestic violence legislative advocacy clinic in Qatar. Rosenbaum was awarded a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship at Harvard Law School in 2002, and in 2013 was a recipient of the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service.


B.A., University of Michigan (1975)
M.P.P., UC Berkeley (1979)
J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1980)

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