August 15, 2008
Profile: Jeffrey Selbin
Jeff Selbin was appointed clinical professor in 2006 and is faculty director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), Boalt Hall's community-based poverty law clinic. He founded EBCLC's HIV/AIDS Law Project in 1990 as a Skadden Fellow, and served as EBCLC’s Executive Director from 2002 through 2006.
Selbin is active in local and national clinical legal education and anti-poverty efforts. He is currently chair of the Poverty Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and co-chairs the Lawyering in the Public Interest (Bellow Scholar) Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education. He is an elected member of the board of directors of the Clinical Legal Education Association. From 2004-2006 Selbin served on the California State Bar Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, dedicated to improving and increasing access to justice for low-income Californians.
Selbin’s research interests include anti-poverty lawyering and community lawyering with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches. Recent publications include "From 'The Art of War' to 'Being Peace': Mindfulness and Community Lawyering in a Neoliberal Age", with Angela Harris and Margaretta Lin in the California Law Review (October 2007), and "Legal Aid, Law School Clinics and the Opportunity for Joint Gain", with Jeanne Charn in the Management Information Journal (Winter 2007).
In 2003, Selbin was recognized with Mary Louise Frampton as a Bellow Scholar by the AALS Clinical Section for his anti-poverty and access to justice efforts. In 2004, he was named a Wasserstein Fellow – honoring outstanding public interest lawyers – by the Harvard Law School. Since 2004, he has been named annually a northern California "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics and the publishers of San Francisco Magazine.
B.A., University of Michigan (1983)
C.E.P., L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques (1986)
J.D., Harvard University (1989)
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