Charles Weisselberg


Charles Weisselberg joined the Boalt faculty in 1998. He served as the founding director of the Center for Clinical Education, Boalt’s in-house clinical program, which he developed and administered from 1998 to 2006. Weisselberg teaches criminal procedure, criminal law, and related courses.

After graduating from law school, Weisselberg practiced with a private law firm, taught in the clinical program at the University of Chicago Law School, and served as a trial attorney with Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. He taught at the University of Southern California Law School from 1987 to 1998, where he litigated post-conviction, civil rights, and immigration cases with his students and colleagues.

Weisselberg’s research focuses primarily on criminal procedure, immigration law, and clinical legal education. His most recent publications include “Mourning Miranda” in the California Law Review (2008); “Terror in the Courts: Beginning to Assess the Impact of Terrorism-Related Prosecutions on Domestic Criminal Law and Procedure in the USA” in Crime, Law & Social Change (2008); “Good Film, Bad Jury” in the Chicago-Kent Law Review (2007); “Building Clinical Legal Education Programs in a Country Without a Tradition of Graduate Professional Legal Education: Japanese Educational Reform as a Case Study” (coauthored) in the Clinical Law Review (2006); and “The Detention and Treatment of Aliens Three Years After September 11: A New New World?” in the UC Davis Law Review (2005).

Weisselberg is active in legal education groups, bar associations, and criminal justice organizations. He is a past chair of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Clinical Legal Education. He has lectured at professional gatherings in the United States and abroad on topics ranging from graduate professional legal education to police interrogation. Weisselberg regularly works with pro bono counsel in trial and appellate cases.

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