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About Catherine Fisk

Catherine Fisk joined the Berkeley Law faculty as the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law in 2017. She teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, Civil Procedure, Legal Profession, and, occasionally, Employment Discrimination and First Amendment.

Fisk’s recent books include Writing for Hire: Unions, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue (Harvard University Press 2016), Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace (3d ed. West, 2018) and The Legal Profession (2d ed. West 2018). She is also the author of the prize-winning Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (UNC Press 2009). Her recent articles address police unions, the history and current experiences of unionized writers in the entertainment industry, labor protest and the First Amendment, workplace democracy and the governance of worker centers and labor unions, and the theory and methods of sociolegal history. Her current book project, a legal history of lawyers for the labor movement in the mid-twentieth century, examines the challenges faced by lawyers and labor unions as the courts and Congress steadily increased restrictions on labor protest between 1940 and 1990.

Fisk works with students on pro bono labor practicum projects doing legislative and policy advocacy focused on wage theft and other issues confronting low-wage workers.
After graduating from law school at UC Berkeley, Fisk clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for Judge William Norris and then practiced law at a labor and civil litigation boutique in Washington, DC and at the appellate section of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

AB, Princeton University (1983)
JD, University of California, Berkeley (1986)
LLM, University of Wisconsin (1995)


2017 - Present Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
2008 - 2017 Chancellor's Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law

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