Erwin Chemerinsky is the dean of the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law, as well as their Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law. He earned a B.S. in communications from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
His legal opinions have favored affirmative action, legalizing gay marriage, women’s reproductive rights, and gun control. He has specialized in constitutional, appellate, and criminal law. He has argued several cases before the Supreme Court and authored numerous books, such as Closing the Courthouse Doors: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable.
He has taught law at numerous prestigious and influential institutions, including the University of California Irvine School of Law, Duke University, UCLA Law School, and DePaul College of Law. The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students named him one of the “23 Law Professors to Take Before You Die” in 2011.
In spite of his reputation, he has seen his share of controversy. When he was named dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law, the chancellor bowed to external influences critical of Chemerinsky’s views and rescinded the offer, causing a firestorm of negative publicity. The offer was later reinstated. In 2017, he was named the most influential person in legal education by National Jurist magazine.
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