UC Hastings Alumnus Appointed as Chief Campus Counsel for UC Berkeley

David M. Robinson ’92 continues his lifelong connection to the University of California with this prestigious appointment.

After a nationwide search, UC Hastings alumnus David M. Robinson ’92 was announced as UC Berkeley’s Chief Campus Counsel. David has served in this position on an interim basis since August 2017, but his permanent appointment took effect on June 1.

“It is a great honor to serve the mission of the University of California. I’ve been a product of the California public education system, from kindergarten through law school, and know firsthand how it can transform individual lives and whole communities,” said David.

David’s rich and varied experience, skill as an attorney, and knowledge of the higher education landscape made him the ideal choice to continue to direct Berkeley’s Office of Legal Affairs and advise campus leadership on complex legal, regulatory, and policy issues. “The search committee was impressed with David’s ability to work effectively with all levels of the Berkeley community by elevating voices that need to be heard and recommending solutions that benefit every member of our organization,” said UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ.

This recent appointment continues David’s lifelong connection to the University of California. He basically grew up on campus as his parents served as preceptors at UC Santa Cruz. David studied at UCLA and obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from UC Santa Cruz in 1989.

Initially, after graduating from UC Hastings, David worked as an attorney in the private sector. However, David rekindled his relationship with the University of California by joining the Office of General Counsel in 2001, leading the office’s construction and legislative affairs groups. Ten years later, he began his tenure at Berkeley as associate campus counsel and has since advised on an array of legal issues including Title IX compliance, business contracts, equity and inclusion concerns, and free speech issues.

“David has done an outstanding job assisting with all manner of critical issues, including the campus’ response to the events of last fall and efforts to clearly reassert Berkeley’s commitment to free speech,” said Chancellor Christ.