Chamberlin ’85

Adjunct Professor of Law


Adjunct Professor Carl Chamberlin received his joint degree in Political Science and Psychology, with distinction and honors, from Stanford University in 1980. In 1985 he received his J.D. from Hastings, where he was magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, a member of the Thurston Society, recipient of the Milton D. Green award, and an editor on the Hastings Law Journal.

Professor Chamberlin practiced law at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe from 1985 to 1999, where he was Of Counsel, specialized in intellectual property and complex civil litigation, and served as the Chair of the Internet and Computer Litigation Group. He received the Jack Berman Advocacy Award for community service and the Wiley Manuel Award for his pro bono work. He also supervised Orrick’s litigation training program, tried cases while on loan to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and served as an arbitrator and judge pro tem for local superior courts. After taking time off to pursue a music project with his wife, he accepted a position as Senior Judicial Attorney (now a Lead Appellate Attorney) for the California Court of Appeals. He presently serves as a judge pro tem for San Francisco Superior Court and is an active member on the BASF Legal Ethics Committee.

Since 1993, Professor Chamberlin has instructed lawyers throughout the country in trial skills, deposition skills, motions practice, appeals, negotiation, and legal strategy with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He has taught Trial Advocacy at Hastings for over 20 years, and previously taught Legal Writing & Research and Moot Court at Hastings and a course on trial skills at Santa Clara University Law School. His publications include articles on Internet law and the effect of gun violence on education, as well as the class textbook, “Trial Advocacy: Strategy, Evidence, Skills & Ethics.”


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