Comings & Goings

Laura Grace Ashton – New Alumni Affairs Coordinator

Laura Grace (LG) Ashton recently joined Berkeley Law as the Alumni Affairs Coordinator. Previously she worked at NAMIC, the largest p/c insurance trade association as the Director of Political Affairs. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fresno State and moved from Washington, DC to Oakland in December 2016. Her husband is also staff at Cal, and they share two beautiful rescue dogs who are their whole life. In June 2016 she shaved her head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation raising over $60,000 to help children with cancer (her proudest moment so far).

Ryan Tran – New Help Desk Analyst

Ryan Tran recently joined Berkeley Law as the help desk analyst. Previously he worked at CSS IT doing IT field support. One of Ryan’s superpowers is that he can live off of boba alone. In Ryan’s spare time, he likes to crush his enemy using The Vacuum Tube Sniper Rifle in Fortnite.

Emily Goldstein

Emily Goldstein recently joined Berkeley Law as the Lab Manager of the Culture, Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab. Previously she worked at SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) doing research coordination and data analysis.  She lives in Oakland with her husband and cat.  

Erik Stallman

Associate Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and Assistant Clinical Professor


Before joining the Samuelson Clinic, Erik Stallman was a policy counsel at Google, focusing on copyright and telecommunications policy. He spent the previous 12 years in Washington D.C, working for the Federal Communications Commission, the US House of Representatives, the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and then serving as General Counsel and Director of the Open Internet Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology. His research interests include copyright and machine learning, music licensing, and the intersection of copyright and media regulation.Erik is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Tamara Morgenthau

Clinical Teaching Fellow, International Human Rights Law Clinic


Prior to joining the Clinical Program, Tamara Morgenthau was a Bertha Legal Fellow with EarthRights International (ERI) where she worked on transnational corporate accountability cases, supporting communities defending their human rights and their environment. Tamara was also an associate at Lorne Waldman & Associates in Toronto, Canada, where she represented clients in immigration and refugee matters. Tamara holds an LL.M. from NYU School of Law, a J.D. from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. (International Affairs) from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and B.A. in Political Science and Media Information and Technoculture from the University of Western Ontario.

Mary Briese Matheron

Senior Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations


Mary Briese Matheron is the Senior Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at Berkeley Law School, where she leads the team responsible for alumni programming and securing philanthropic support for core operations, such as financial aid and faculty support, transformational programs, and endowment.


Prior to joining the Berkeley community, Mary served as the Associate Dean of Development at Yale Law School, as a consultant on leadership giving to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and in numerous fundraising positions at Georgetown University Law Center.  She holds a B.S. in Kinesiological Sciences from the University of Maryland.

Roger Lin

Clinical Supervising Attorney, Environmental Law Clinic


Roger Lin has practiced law in the public interest for over ten years, instructed the Environmental Justice course at Berkeley Law for three years, and will continue to explore the intersection of racial justice and the environment with students in the Clinic.  Roger was formerly a Staff Attorney at Communities for a Better Environment and a Senior Attorney at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment.  He has extensive experience in environmental and civil rights litigation and was recently appointed to the State’s Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group to advise the California Public Utilities and Energy Commissions.  Roger graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Classics, and earned his J.D. at Golden Gate University School of Law.

Jim Gilbert

Director of Executive Education


Jim Gilbert recently joined Berkeley Law and the Berkeley Center for Business and Law as the Director of Executive Education. Prior to joining the law school community, he worked as a marketing and business development consultant in Silicon Valley, held senior management positions at a number of tech startups and worked for several land use consulting firms. Jim graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Sociology and from UCLA with a M.A. in Urban Planning. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and two sons and spends much of his free time building and operating a garden railroad, exploring cities, visiting museums, watching movies, attending theater and reading.

Madison Farricker

Legal Assistant, Faculty Support Unit


Madison is joining us from the office of Congressman John Garamendi where she served as an administrative assistant working with constituents, and coordinating media appearances and marketing and event functions.  Since 2013, Madison has worked with California Youth & Government as a volunteer advisor with over 400 students annually at state wide conventions providing supervision and coordination to students in the Department of Finance, California Investment Bank and Legislative Analyst programs.  Madison received her B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from U.C. Davis in March 2018.

A New Phase

Our wonderful CFO, Drew Knab, will be leaving at the end of December to become the Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial and Business Services at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. This is a significant career advance for Drew and also allows him to be closer to his family in the Chicago area. Drew has done a terrific job as our CFO at a time of challenging budgets and changes in leadership at Berkeley Law. Please join me in wishing Drew all the best in the next phase of his career.

Dean Chemerinsky