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Erwin Chemerinsky, JD Biography

Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law at the University of California at Berkeley
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“For humanitarian reasons or because of foreign policy considerations or for lack of resources, the government often chooses to not deport undocumented immigrants…

It is simply impossible to kick out 11 million people, and it is not desirable to separate parents from their citizen children. Children without parents are much more likely to end up in foster care or on the streets or worse.”

“Of Course Obama’s Immigration Orders Are Legal,” Los Angeles Times, January 21, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, Berkeley School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, July 1, 2017-present
  • Columnist, Sacramento Bee
  • Monthly columnist, ABA Journal
  • Contributor, Daily Journal
  • Lecturer, BAR/BRI, 1986-present
  • Former Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of the School of Law at the University of California at Irvine, 2008-June, 2017
  • Former columnist, Orange County Register
  • Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University, 2004-2008
  • Professor, University of Southern California Law School, 1983-2004
  • Associate Professor, DePaul University College of Law, 1983-1984
  • Assistant Professor, DePaul University College of Law, 1980-1983
  • Director, Northwestern University, National High School Institute in Speech,
    Forensics Division, 1981-1982
  • Attorney, Dobrovir, Oakes, and Gebhardt (Washington, DC), 1979-1980
  • Attorney, Attorney General’s Program for Honor Law Graduates, US Department of Justice, Civil Division, Frauds Section, 1978-79
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, 1978
  • BS, Northwestern University, 1975
  • He joined several lawyers in filing a lawsuit on Jan. 23, 2017 against President Donald Trump for his alleged violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. The case was dismissed.
  • Named by National Jurist in Jan. 2017 as the most influential person in legal education in the United States
  • Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016
  • Recipient, Hubert Humphrey First Amendment Award, Anti-Defamation League, 2014