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Christina Chung (she/her) is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Law and Work (CLAW). Before joining CLAW, Christina spent over 20 years in public service and at non-profits advancing the rights of low-wage workers. A gubernatorial appointee under Governors Brown and Newsom, she worked for a decade within the state labor agency on issues of economic equity for low-income communities. As Special Counsel to the California Labor Commissioner, she was the Commissioner’s chief advisor on the most significant legal and policy issues affecting workers in the state, and more recently, as Senior Advisor of Law and Policy for the California Labor Secretary, she directed and developed labor policy for the largest state labor agency in the nation. Her many accomplishments in the public sector included creating California’s SEED program, which has granted $30 million in state funds to support undocumented and limited English proficient communities in building worker cooperatives and socially responsible small businesses. An expert on the intersection between worker rights and immigrant rights, she developed model laws and policies for immigrant workers, including the first state labor agency protocols in the nation to address unlawful attempts by ICE agents to detain workers at labor agency offices. Christina also drafted a wide array of policies to promote the rights of workers, including to address misclassification of workers as independent contractors, provide essential workers with paid sick leave during the COVID-19 pandemic, enhance labor law enforcement tools, and codify other key worker protections.
Previously, Christina worked for over a decade litigating impact suits on behalf of low-wage workers, at two of the leading public interest organizations in the country, Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Los Angeles and Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco. Her efforts culminated in millions of dollars in settlements and judgments for workers. Some of her high-profile cases included representing Latinx workers seeking to hold a major clothing retailer responsible for sweatshop abuses at over 20 garment factories utilized by the retailer, which resulted in a Ninth Circuit victory and was highlighted in an Emmy-award winning documentary film; litigating a wage and hour suit on behalf of a Latinx domestic worker whose case helped spur the passage of the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in California; and representing limited English proficient Latinx and Southeast Asian manufacturing workers alleging national origin discrimination under federal law. In addition, Christina served as a law clerk for the Honorable Donna M. Ryu, in the United States District Court, Northern District of California. For her legal accomplishments, leadership, and commitment to public service, she has been honored by community-based organizations and was previously named one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” in the country by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Christina received a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
- Administrative Assistant
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Dohee Kim (she/her) joined the Faculty Support Unit (FSU) Team at Berkeley Law School in December 2021 and is a UC Berkeley Alumna with a BA in Sociology. Dohee is deeply interested in community building and hopes to collectively address social issues with others throughout her professional career. Prior to joining the FSU, she has worked as the Office Manager and as the Civic Engagement Program Manager for the racial-justice & gender-equity focused non-profit YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, as a former research intern at Teamsters Local 2010 with the UC Berkeley Labor Center, and as an undergraduate open-source Human Rights researcher & investigator at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center. Her passion for affordable housing advocacy has led her to continue serving as the District 7 commissioner for the Zoning Adjustments Board, and she has been involved in local campaign work for District 7 and District 2 in the City of Berkeley. She hopes to apply her experiences in legal and/or policy-related settings to further community interests and meet community-based needs. In her free time, she enjoys playing musical instruments and jamming with others.
- Jackson H. Ralston Professor of Law | Professor of Sociology | Faculty Director, CLAW | Faculty Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society
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Catherine Albiston (she/her) joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2003; she also holds affiliate appointments in Sociology and in Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. At the law school, Professor Albiston teaches in the J.D. program and in the Ph.D. program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. Her courses include Employment Discrimination, Sociology of Law, Social Movements and Law, Research Design, and the Advanced Interdisciplinary Writing Workshop on Law. In addition to serving as a Faculty Director of CLAW, Professor Albiston is also the Faculty Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society.
Professor Albiston’s research addresses the relationship between law and social change through a variety of empirical projects. Her current study of more than 200 public interest law organizations investigates how variation in strategy, structure and mission among public interest law organizations relate to access to justice. Her other work examines institutional factors that influence law students’ commitment to public interest careers, bias against workers based on race, gender, and caretaker status, and gender and racial disparities in STEM faculty hiring as well as the institutional factors that mitigate these disparities. Professor Albiston’s multi-method empirical studies are based on original data from quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews, experimental methods, and archival research in legal and media archives. She has received several prestigious research grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as grants from the American Bar Foundation and the Law School Admissions Council.
Professor Albiston’s publications appear in peer review journals such as Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, the American Journal of Sociology, and the Annual Review of Law & Social Science, as well as several law reviews. In 2010, Cambridge University Press published her book, Institutional Inequality and the Mobilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act: Rights on Leave. Her work won multiple prizes, including the Law & Society Association Article Prize, the Law & Society Association Dissertation Prize, and Honorable Mention for the W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the American Sociological Association. In 2016, Professor Albiston won the UC campus-wide Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Senior Faculty, and in 2012-13 she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Law & Society Association.
Professor Albiston is a graduate of Stanford University, where she received both her B.A. (psychology) and M.A. (sociology), and was a Fellow at the Center on Conflict and Negotiation at Stanford Law School. She is also a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, where she received both her J.D. and Ph.D., and was a Fellow at the Center for Working Families.
Following law school, Professor Albiston practiced employment law at the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco/Employment Law Center as a Skadden Fellow and attorney. She then clerked for Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, and joined the law faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2001. Professor Albiston is a member of the California bar, and is admitted to practice before the Ninth, Fifth, and Third Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.
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- Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law | Professor of Sociology | Faculty Director, CLAW
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Lauren B. Edelman (she/her) is the Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Berkeley Law faculty in 1996, she was a member of the sociology and law faculties at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. At UC Berkeley, she served as Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society from 2004-2009 and as Chair and Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy from 2010-2013.
Professor Edelman is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and was a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy. She has served as secretary and president of the Law and Society Association, chaired the Sociology of Law section of the American Sociological Association, and was elected to the Sociological Research Association, an honorary society.
Professor Edelman’s research addresses the interplay between organizations and their legal environments, focusing on employers’ responses to and constructions of civil rights laws, workers’ mobilization of legal rights, the impact of management practices on law and legal institutions, dispute resolution in organizations, school rights, empirical critical race studies, empirical sociolegal studies, and employer accommodations of disabilities in the workplace. Her publications appear in the American Journal of Sociology, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Policy, Annual Review of Sociology, Annual Review of Law and Social Science and numerous edited volumes. Her recent book is Working Law: Courts, Corporations and Symbolic Civil Rights (University of Chicago Press 2016), winner of the 2017 George R. Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management.
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- Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Law | Faculty Director, CLAW | Faculty Director, Center for Law & Technology
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Catherine Fisk (she/her) teaches Employment Law, Labor Law, Civil Procedure, and Understanding the U.S. Legal Profession. She is a Faculty Director of CLAW as well as the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.
Professor Fisk is the author of several books. Her first, Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009, 2014), won prizes from the American Society for Legal History and the American Historical Association. In her next book, Writing for Hire: Unions, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue (Harvard University Press, 2016), Professor Fisk explored the law and norms of credit and compensation for writing, contrasting the writer-protective rules negotiated by unionized writers in film and TV with far less protective norms developed in non-union advertising. Professor Fisk is the co-author of four books for use in law school and legal studies classes: Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace (3d ed. 2019), The Legal Profession: Ethics in Contemporary Practice (2d ed. 2019), What Lawyers Do: Understanding the Many American Legal Practices (2020), and Labor Law Stories (2005). Her next book will examine the professional identities of lawyers who represented activist, multi-racial, and politically progressive unions in the mid-twentieth century.
Professor Fisk has published over 100 articles and essays in leading publications including, most recently, California Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Harvard Law Review Forum, Yale Law Journal Forum, Law and History Review, Ohio State Law Journal, and Indiana Law Journal. Her recent articles address the intersection of antitrust, labor, and copyright law in structuring labor relations in American theatre, the crafting of New Deal era labor and social welfare legislation, social movement lawyering, free speech rights of worker organizations and in the workplace, new forms of labor organizing, and police unions.
Professor Fisk’s current public service and pro bono legal work includes filing amicus briefs on various labor and employment law issues, service on the Advisory Board of the Berkeley Labor Center, the board of directors of the American Society for Legal History and the boards of directors of two Bay Area workers’ rights nonprofits, and occasional service as an arbitrator under collectively bargained labor contracts. Before joining the Berkeley faculty in 2017, she was on the law faculties at UC Irvine, Duke University, the University of Southern California, and Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. Prior to entering academia, Professor Fisk practiced civil appellate litigation and union-side labor law in Washington, D.C., and clerked on the Ninth Circuit. Professor Fisk received an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was elected to Order of the Coif.