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Christopher Edley steps down as law school dean

Christopher Edley re-quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 2013

Edley said his “health problems are more than worrisome, but much less than dire…. These developments have reminded me again how short life can be, and, for that reason, I feel an urgency to turn to some other professional goals I will pursue while continuing with you as a faculty colleague. Chief among these will be public education equity and excellence.”

The dean’s comments were also cited in Above the Law, August 21, 2013


The fix is in

Christopher Edley quoted in Accuracy in Academia, April 16, 2013

“There was very little, if any, support—maybe two or three people—for vouchers on the commission,” Christopher Edley, who chaired the congressionally chartered National Commission on Equity and Excellence in Education, said in answer to Stanley’s point…. “Our conclusion was that we don’t think that charter schools are going to lead to reform.”


Commission’s report outlines education priorities

Christopher Edley, Jr. interviewed by National Public Radio, February 22, 2013

“The schools with high concentrations of poverty also tend to be the schools that have higher costs because of special-needs students, because of English language learners. But they, as well, tend to be the schools that have a disproportionate number of weakly trained teachers. The bottom line, though, is that only about one in five American students is performing at the average level of the handful of leading countries.”


Rich-poor spending gap on schools hurts kids, report says

Christopher Edley Jr. quoted in McClatchy Newspapers, February 19, 2013

Commission co-Chairman Christopher Edley Jr., the dean of the law school at the University of California at Berkeley, said the group’s work was a long-term project. Even if nothing happens immediately, he said, it was important to “kick-start a stronger movement” to promote the idea of education equity across the country.


Education panel: to close achievement gap, urgent state, federal action needed

Christopher Edley Jr. quoted in The Washington Post, February 19, 2013

“This is about all levels of government,” said Christopher Edley Jr., dean of the University of California at Berkeley Law School and the commission’s co-chair. “This is a proposed agenda for everyone who’s concerned with the fate of our children and of our public education system.”


College dropout crisis revealed in ‘American Dream’ 2.0 report

Christopher Edley, Jr., cited in Huffington Post, College, January 24, 2013

An influential group of college presidents, civil rights leaders and advocates sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is highlighting what it calls a growing higher education dropout crisis and seeks to fix it in part by linking financial aid with successful graduation…. Members of the coalition include Sandy Baum, a Skidmore economist influential on higher education policy, and Christopher Edley, Jr., dean of University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.


Jerry Brown carries the day on online classes at UC, CSU

Christopher Edley, Jr. quoted in The Sacramento Bee, January 17, 2013

Christopher Edley, the dean of UC Berkeley’s law school and a central figure in UC’s existing efforts online, suggested UC may not be prepared to fully embrace Brown’s vision. “I’m not sure, governor, that UC—that the University of California system of governance—is up to the challenge of leading on this issue,” Edley said. “Every day we see a couple of news accounts of other institutions that are being bolder and more innovative.”


Will Obama discuss race in his 2nd term?

Christopher Edley, Jr., quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, January 6, 2013

“Obama teaches the nation about race just by being before our eyes and on our minds every day,” Edley said. But in the “cold politics of race,” he said, any attempt from the liberal side to add a racial perspective to national debates is likely to backfire―in particular, if it comes from a nonwhite president…. “I don’t expect a pragmatist like Obama to change his leadership style to that of moral crusader.”


Love in bloom—listen to the bugles

Christopher Edley, Lucy Buchanan in San Francisco Chronicle, November 14, 2012

The organizers of the 100th anniversary gala of Boalt Hall—UC Berkeley’s law school—made good use of this knowledge when they hired Buchanan to organize their big party, in Pauley Ballroom on Friday night. The speeches were witty: Cryogenics might make it possible for alums to be around for the 200th anniversary, said Dean Chris Edley, but “the longer you stick around the more time you’ll be asked to contribute.”


Question for the victor: how far do you push?

Christopher Edley quoted in The New York Times, November 7, 2012

“Will he be more pugnacious and more willing to swing for the fences on domestic issues, judicial appointments and so forth?” asked Christopher Edley Jr., a dean of the law school at the University of California, Berkeley, and a longtime Obama friend who has been disappointed at times. “You can react to a narrow victory by trimming your sails, or you can decide ‘What the hell, let’s sail into the storm and make sure this has meant something.’”


Garnet weekend hosts events for faculty, alumni, students and families

Christopher Edley quoted in The Phoenix, November 1, 2012

“Students will discover that when they become alumni, they will take any opportunity to come back and visit,” said Christopher Edley Jr. ’73, Dean of UC-Berkeley Boalt School of Law and speaker of the highlight of the weekend, the McCabe Lecture entitled “Creating the K-16 Education System American Needs.”


UC law students held in bird beheading

Christopher Edley quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, October 16, 2012

Christopher Edley Jr., the head of UC Berkeley School of Law, said he was concerned about “the students’ actions off campus, but it’s up to the Nevada legal system to examine the facts and rule in this case. It’s premature to speculate about any possible consequences. The justice system must run its course.”


UC Online strives to compete in an era of free courses

Christopher Edley quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 1, 2012

The “terrible shape” of the economy combined with potential donors’ perceptions of the UC system made securing the money difficult, Mr. Edley said in an interview. “Many donors felt that with the size of the UC, we should be able to finance these investments internally,” he said. “They apparently weren’t sensitive to the serious effects of state budget cuts.”


UC Online strives to compete in an era of free courses

Christopher Edley quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 1, 2012

The “terrible shape” of the economy combined with potential donors’ perceptions of the UC system made securing the money difficult, Mr. Edley said in an interview. “Many donors felt that with the size of the UC, we should be able to finance these investments internally,” he said. “They apparently weren’t sensitive to the serious effects of state budget cuts.”


UC to pay settlement in Davis pepper spray case

Christopher Edley cited in Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2012

In May, a separate draft report about campus responses to civil disobedience across UC urged administrators to use mediation instead of confrontation in most cases, although it said pepper spray might remain a necessary tool of last resort. A final version of that report, by UC Berkeley law school Dean Christopher Edley and UC general counsel Charles Robinson, was released Thursday with no major policy changes.

A similar story appeared in The Davis Enterprise


Free online courses divide UC professors

Christopher Edley quoted in San Jose Mercury News, July 24, 2012

“I worry that jumping into what our private peer institutions are doing feels a little like me-tooism rather than a vision,” he said. “Our mission has to do more with figuring out how to serve the thousands of California students who won’t fit on a UC campus. It risks being a distraction from the somewhat urgent need to figure this stuff out.”


In search of Obama

Christopher Edley cited in Financial Times, June 22, 2012

Shortly after Obama appointed the ebullient Rahm Emanuel as his White House chief of staff, he received a call from Christopher Edley, dean of the Berkeley law school. Edley thought the president-elect had made an unwise decision and should rethink. Obama was irritated…. Here, also, the difference with Clinton is telling.


Task force explores need for practical skills training

Christopher Edley quoted in California Bar Journal, June 2012

UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley Jr., whose colleague Marjorie Shultz is one of three academics on the task force, said the practical skills issue has been debated for at least the 30 years he’s been in academia. “It’s not a new concern but it’s arguably gotten worse because of changes in the law firm market with pressure on the way associates bill,” he said.


UC report calls for more tolerance of protests

Christopher Edley quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, May 5, 2012

“I’ve had conversations with my students who were struck by batons, who were stopped by police and pressed to produce identification and explain themselves,” said Christopher Edley, the UC Berkeley Law School dean who wrote the report with Charles Robinson, UC’s general counsel. “It makes them feel shaky. Those transactions have to be minimized.”

An Associated Press story on this topic has appeared in more than 100 sources nationwide. Others appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Five at UC awarded for distinguished teaching

Christopher Edley and David Sklansky quoted in Berkeley Patch, April 27, 2012

Berkeley Law Dean Chris Edley writes that Sklansky “communicates complex legal concepts to large classes of students and encourages their serious analysis of often politically and emotionally charged issues of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence.”

Sklansky says his challenge is to keep classroom learning fresh for his students, “but that challenge is a big part of why I find teaching so joyful, so rejuvenating, and so deeply rewarding.”