Christopher Edley, Jr.

Edley is Distinguished Chair and dean of the Berkeley Law School. He joined Berkeley as dean and professor of law in 2004 after 23 years as a professor at Harvard Law School. Throughout the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign, he advised Barack Obama, who was his student at Harvard Law School; Edley was later named to the Advisory Board of the Obama-Biden Transition Team. He previously served as assistant director of President Carter’s domestic policy staff, and as associate director in the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton administration. He later served as special counsel to President Clinton conducting a review of federal affirmative action programs and as a consultant on the race initiative. From 1999–05, Edley was a congressional appointee on the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and in 2006, he was named to a national nonpartisan commission that reviewed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. He earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1973, and both a J.D. and M.P.P. from Harvard University in 1978.