Hillary Berk, J.D., Ph.D.


Year: Doctorate in JSP

Email: hberk@berkeley.edu


Discipline: Sociology of Law
Research: Surrogacy Contracting and Assisted Reproduction

Family Law Policy
Law, Science and Technology
Sociology of Law and Organizations
Sociology of Work
Law and Emotions
Dispute Resolution
Feminist Jurisprudence
Lawyers and the Legal Profession


Legal Studies Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2015, University of California Berkeley/ Berkeley Law.


Ph.D. University of California Berkeley, Jurisprudence and Social Policy
Dissertation Committee: Lauren Edelman (chair); Calvin Morrill, Kristin Luker, Kim Voss; Kathryn Abrams (advisor and qualifying co-chair)

J.D., Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College (1997)
Natural Resources Law Certification, Lewis and Clark College (1997) (Honors)
B.A., Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara (1992) (With Distinction and High Honors)
B.A., English, University of California Santa Barbara (1992) (With Distinction and High Honors)

Certified Public Policy and Family Mediator

Licensed with the Oregon and California State Bars


2014 Law and Society Association Dissertation Prize
University of California Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2012-2013
Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Research Fellowship, 2012-2013
National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2011-2012
Distinction in Qualifying Examination: Women, Work, and Emotions 2010
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Winner, UCB Legal Studies 2008-2009
Jurisprudence and Social Policy Fellowship 2007-2008; 2010
Gerald Engel Scholarship 2007-2008
Selznick Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley 2006-2007
J.V.S. Scholarship 2006-2007; 2008-2009
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Law and Society, UCSB 2002-2003
Best Oral Advocate, Moot Court Competition 1995

Academic Experiences:

Lecturer, Legal Studies Program, University of California Berkeley: Sociology of Law (Fall 2013; Fall 2014) and Legal Rights, Science and Society (Spring 2012; Spring 2014)

Lecturer, Law and Society Program, University of California Santa Barbara (2002-2006) Courses created and taught: Gender and the Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Jurisprudence; Law, Science and Technology; Lawyers and the Legal Profession; Women in Law; Law and Society Grad Student Seminar; Senior Honors Thesis; faculty supervisor for The Law and Society Review at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Assistant, Professor Lauren Edelman, University of California, Berkeley (2006-2008)

Research Assistant, School Rights Project, Professors Lauren Edelman and Calvin Morrill (2007-2008)

Graduate Student Instructor: Government and the Family, Professor Joan H. Hollinger (2007); Feminist Jurisprudence, Professor Kathryn Abrams (2008; 2009); Sex, Reproduction and the Law, Professor Joan H. Hollinger (2009)

Dissertation Abstract:

The Legalization of Emotion: Risk, Gender and the Management of Feeling in Contracts for Surrogate Labor

Please see description by Law and Society Association Dissertation Prize Committee here:

Employment Experiences:

Full-time Lecturer, Law and Society Program, University of California, Santa Barbara (2002-2006)
Mediator and ADR Consultant: Institute for Conflict Management (Public Policy Mediation, Associate Facilitator and Trainer); Linda Scher, Family Mediation; and private practice (2000-2005)
Oregon Judicial Department, Family Law Policy Analyst (2001)
Managing Attorney, Brayton Purcell, Curtis and Geagan (1998-2000)
Williams and Troutwine (1997-1998)

(full CV available upon request)