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David A. Carrillo

Title: Lecturer in Residence; Executive Director, California Constitution Center
Tel: 510-664-4953
Email Address: carrillo@law.berkeley.edu

FSU Contact: Barbara Karvelot

David A. Carrillo joined the Berkeley Law faculty as the founding Executive Director of the California Constitution Center in 2012. The center is devoted to developing scholarship concerning the California Constitution and the California Supreme Court.

Dr. Carrillo received his doctorate from Berkeley Law, with a dissertation focused on several areas of California constitutional law. Dr. Carrillo has published articles on the law of the California Constitution, including “California Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers” (2011) 45 USF.L.Rev. 655 (with Danny Y. Chou), and “California Constitutional Law: The Religion Clauses” (2011) 45 USF.L.Rev. 689 (with Shane G. Smith).

Dr. Carrillo was in active practice for 16 years, and prevailed in many trial court judgments and appellate decisions in state and federal court. He served as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, where as a member of the Employment and Administrative Mandate Section he represented state agencies in civil litigation, writs of mandate and administrative proceedings on issues of statewide importance in state and federal courts. Before joining the California Attorney General’s Office, Dr. Carrillo served as a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco, where as a member of the Public Protection Team he handled advice, administrative mandamus and litigation matters concerning peace officer discipline, employment claims, criminal discovery policy, and local commission procedure. Dr. Carrillo served as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County, where he prosecuted a variety of criminal matters. Dr. Carrillo also worked as a commercial litigation associate in private practice, focusing on product liability, coverage, and environmental impact matters.

Dr. Carrillo actively participates in the state and local bar. He currently is a director of both the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco and of the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation in Alameda County, and serves on the State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts. He previously chaired the judicial appointments committee of the Alameda County Bar Association, and served on the State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and the Committee of Bar Examiners, and on the Bar Association of San Francisco committee on judicial appointments. Dr. Carrillo also serves on the board of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association and the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies, and is a life member of the La Raza Lawyers Association (San Francisco and East Bay) and of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

A member of the California bar since 1995, Dr. Carrillo is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern District Courts of California.


B.A., UC Berkeley (1991)
J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1995)
LL.M., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (2007)
J.S.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (2011)

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