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Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law
Berkeley, CA, USA


Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.

Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.  Before that he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University from 2004-2008, and from 1983-2004 was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science. He also has taught at DePaul College of Law and UCLA Law School.  He teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment Law, Federal Courts, Criminal Procedure, and Appellate Litigation.

He is the author of ten books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court, published by Viking in 2014, and two books published by Yale University Press in 2017, Closing the Courthouse Doors: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable and Free Speech on Campus (with Howard Gillman). He also is the author of more than 200 law review articles. He writes a weekly column for the Sacramento Bee, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. 

In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In January 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

Education

B.S., Northwestern University (1975)

J.D., Harvard Law School (1978)

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual) - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term - 20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion - 20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation - 20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Business Interests (including federal and state governmental power, and arbitration) - 20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers - 20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law), Friday, October 27, 2017
Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York), Friday, October 27, 2017
Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation - Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation, Friday, October 27, 2017
Supreme Court Review of Section 1983 Decisions - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses - Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses, Friday, October 27, 2017
Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term - Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Business Interests (including federal and state governmental power, and arbitration) - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Business Interests (including federal and state governmental power, and arbitration), Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion, Monday, August 06, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses - Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses, Friday, October 27, 2017
Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation - Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation, Friday, October 27, 2017
Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual) - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York), Friday, October 27, 2017
Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law), Friday, October 27, 2017
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Business Interests (including federal and state governmental power, and arbitration) - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Business Interests (including federal and state governmental power, and arbitration), Monday, August 06, 2018
Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term - Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law), Friday, October 27, 2017
Supreme Court Review of Section 1983 Decisions - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation - Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation, Friday, October 27, 2017
Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses - Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses, Friday, October 27, 2017
Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York), Friday, October 27, 2017
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation, Monday, August 06, 2018
Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term - Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Business Interests (including federal and state governmental power, and arbitration) - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Business Interests (including federal and state governmental power, and arbitration), Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers, Monday, August 06, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Thursday, November 09, 2017, New York, NY
20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Thursday, August 09, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 35th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 25, 2018, New York, NY
21st Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2018 Term, Thursday, August 01, 2019, New York, NY
Pro Bono  Pro Bono 35th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 25, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 21st Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2018 Term, Thursday, August 01, 2019, New York, NY
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