Spotlights

Big Year for Our Clinics

Berkeley Law’s robust Clinical Program provides legal services to low-income communities and trains students to promote social justice through law. It has eight community-based and six in-house clinics, and plans to add three in-house clinics and four faculty members over the next four years. Last year, over 300 students helped the clinics with direct services, […]

Law Revision Leader

David A. Carrillo, who has three degrees from Berkeley Law and leads its California Constitution Center, has been elected chair of the California Law Revision Commission. A member since 2019, he will head the agency that studies problem areas in California law and proposes reforms to the governor and legislature. It is now engaged in […]

Pumping Up Retrofits

A new report by our Center for Law, Energy & the Environment offers policy solutions to hurdle barriers to heat pump retrofits in California buildings. The state aims to deploy 6 million heat pumps by 2030. With over 14 million residential homes, over 75% of its existing buildings built before 1978, and heat pumps installed […]

Keeping a Client Housed

Hannah Flanery ’19 and Pedro Viramontes ’18, lawyers at the East Bay Community Law Center’s Housing Practice, helped a Berkeley tenant win a recent unanimous verdict in an eviction action brought by his landlord in Alameda County Superior Court. Representing the tenant through a year of litigation and a three-week jury trial, they were helped by […]

Bridging Cultural Divides

Alumna and best-selling author Heather McGhee ’09 has launched “The Sum of Us,” which presents uplifting stories of people working together across racial lines to improve their communities. Chair of Color of Change, America’s largest online racial justice organization, McGhee explores how inequality and racism create deep costs for all of society. Learn more about […]

Rights Under Siege

Protecting and advancing global human rights has become even tougher than usual over the past year, from the jarring resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center has met the challenges with strategic research and investigations that pursue justice through science, technology, and law. Read about the […]

Pioneering Platform

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, the anchor of our top-ranked intellectual property law program, has launched a new online platform making 128 cutting-edge seminars from top experts available anytime for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. For now, the platform is free to anyone who registers for an account, and it will remain free […]

In the SCOTUS Fab Four

Anya Ku ’20 is one of four U.S. Supreme Court fellows chosen for the upcoming term. Assigned to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the judicial branch’s main support entity, Ku recently clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in the Northern District of California. She held many leadership roles in law school, […]

Law Book of the Year

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky’s 2021 book Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights has won the annual best book award from the American Society of Legal Writers, which honors the top work in legal scholarship each year. Chemerinsky argues that the Supreme Court’s rulings over the last 50 years have […]

Campus Faculty Leader

Berkeley Law Professor Victoria Plaut will be UC Berkeley’s new vice provost for the faculty starting Aug. 15. A renowned scholar in the psychological science of diversity, she will oversee the campus’ academic personnel process while building, supporting, and maintaining the faculty in close collaboration with department chairs, deans, and Academic Senate colleagues. Read more […]