Professor Bloch joined the UC Hastings faculty in 1991. Her scholarly interests include legal ethics, legal education, and criminal law, procedure, and practice issues. She is a recipient of the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching and the UC Hastings 1066 Foundation Faculty Award for scholarship. In 1997, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George appointed Professor Bloch to the Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions. As a member of its Criminal Instructions Subcommittee, she helped draft the CALCRIM instructions, which now serve as the official instructions for use in California criminal trials. Professor Bloch is an advisor to the UC Hastings Haiti Justice Initiative and is working with colleagues in the U.S. and at our partner law school, L’École Supérieure Catholique de Droit de Jérémie, to establish what may prove to be the first law school social and criminal justice clinic in Haiti.
Professor Bloch received her undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis as an Arnold J. Lien merit scholar. Before departing Washington University, she completed an M.A. in French. During her student days in St. Louis, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and played on an intramural inner tube water polo team. Once in California, Professor Bloch attended Stanford Law School where she was a Senior Note Editor on the Stanford Law Review. Following graduation and the California Bar, Professor Bloch clerked for the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to joining the UC Hastings Faculty, she represented the People of the State of California as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Santa Clara.
Courses Taught: Criminal Practice Clinic, Criminal Law & Theory Concentration Seminar, Criminal Law, Roles & Ethics in Practice, and Jury Instructions
Expertise: Criminal Law
What I would like to share with my students is... the intellectual excitement of legal inquiry in addition to the practical application of theory and doctrine to make a positive difference in legal systems and society.