Comings & Goings

Comings & Goings

This time of year generates many opportunities to reflect on all we are thankful for and to give thanks. For the Berkeley Law HR team, it’s also a time of change.

For the past six years, Stephanie Tang has been an outstanding member of our team. Those who have worked closely with her know how incredibly gracious and generous she has been in supporting non-senate academic appointees. Her exceptional knowledge and customer service has served hundreds of employees each semester, but on December 1 Stephanie will leave Berkeley Law to assume a leadership role at Campus Shared Services (CSS).


On the Move!

Faculty visiting other law schools, on sabbatical or leave this fall:

  • Eric Biber (Sabbatical)
  • Peter Menell (Sabbatical)
  • Melissa Murray (Visiting NYU)
  • Justin McCrary (Visiting Columbia Law)
  • Angela Onwuachi-Willig (Leave)

New Hires

 Ahmed Lavalais ’17, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Policy Advocacy Clinic

Ahmed Lavalais is a tenacious advocate for juvenile defendants and the poor. As a law student, he was a key player in the Policy Advocacy Clinic (PAC), pursuing non-litigation strategies to address systemic racial, economic and social injustice in the community. In one of PAC’s most gratifying success stories, Lavalais and his fellow students persuaded California’s Alameda County to repeal its juvenile justice fees—the first in the state to do so. Named one of the 2017 Law Students of the Year by National Jurist magazine, Lavalais will be a powerful voice in PAC’s legal advocacy.

 Jodi Collova,  Director of LL.M. Writing and Academic Support

Jodi Collova has a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.  She has significant experience as a law librarian and as a legal writing instructor at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, at Golden Gate University, where she designed an LL.M. legal research and writing workshop, and at the University of San Francisco, where she taught an online tax research course as well as first-year legal research and writing. Jodi has just returned from teaching a two-unit intensive legal writing course to Chinese law students in Shanghai.  She previously practiced employment law and has taught mindfulness meditation sessions for law students. She is a Pilates instructor in her free time.

 Catherine Fisk ’86, Professor of Law

Catherine Fisk was Chancellor’s Professor of Law and a member of the founding faculty of the University of California, Irvine Law School from 2008 to 2017. Fisk was the Douglas Blount Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University from 2004 to 2008, and before that, she was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School and Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. She regularly teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, and Employment Discrimination, along with Civil Procedure, First Amendment, and Legal Profession. Read more about Fisk here.

 Frank Partnoy, Professor of Law

Frank Partnoy has taught at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law for 20 years and directs its Center for Corporate and Securities Law. A 1992 Yale Law School graduate, Partnoy worked as a derivatives structurer at Morgan Stanley before spending two years as a lawyer at Covington & Burling. He studies financial markets and fraud and is the author of six books, including two law school textbooks. He joins Berkeley Law in 2018. Read more about Partnoy here.

 Whitney Mello, Executive Assistant to Dean Chemerinsky

Whitney received her J.D. from the University of San Diego in 2008. After graduation, she pursued work as a law clerk for a private law firm. Later, Whitney moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for more than six years as a legislative assistant, a staff assistant to Congress, and as an executive assistant for a Washington public relations organization. Whitney comes to Berkeley Law most recently from the Institute of Governmental Studies here on campus, where she worked as the executive assistant to the director for over two years.

Goings: Bob Berring

As most of you know by now, Bob Berring ’74 retired as of Jun 30, 2017.  Although Bob had been interim dean of the law school, professor of Contracts, Chinese law, Advanced Legal Research, etc., dean of the library school, the best 1L orientation speaker that ever lived, Distinguished Teaching Award winner, and many other things to many other people, Bob was first (and we in the library like to think foremost) the Director of the Law Library. Below is a link to our tribute to Bob, done (as most things are in the law library) as a community effort by many members of the library staff.  We hope you enjoy our version and memories of Bob!

Video: In Rebel With a Cause, Bob tells the story of the political protests at his ’74 class graduation.