Melissa Berry

  • Assistant Dean for Student & Career Services


Phone: (206) 616-1366


B.A. 1990, Tulane University J.D. 1993, Northwestern University

Recent Courses

LAW B 550 American Legal System and Method

Selected Publications

  • Melissa M. Berry, Thinking Like a City: Grounding Social-Ecological Resilience in an Urban Land Ethic, Idaho L. Rev., no. 2, 2014, at 117-51.

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Melissa Berry is the Assistant Dean for Student & Career Services. She returned to the University of Washington School of Law in fall 2016 in as the Director of Graduate Program and Alumni Coaching. Dean Berry previously served on the faculties at UW Law and Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Most recently, Dean Berry served as the Assistant Dean of Career Services at Chapman. Before moving into law school administration, Dean Berry was an Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Law Emphasis Program. She was also a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law and a consultant for the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Dean Berry brings over ten years of experience in legal education and seven years of experience as an attorney and judicial clerk. Ms. Berry practiced law, primarily commercial litigation, on both coasts as an associate at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. and at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle. Selected as a Perkins Coie Community Service Fellow, she worked with TeamChild, a Seattle-based nonprofit civil legal services and advocacy organization serving at-risk youth. Following law school, Dean Berry was a law clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Honorable Terence T. Evans, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Dean Berry holds a J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Tulane University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Washington State Bar Association.

  • Speaker, "Professional Development: Whose Job Is It?", 2016 Summer Conference: Real-World Readiness, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (June 9, 2016)
  • Panelist, "Green Infrastructure, Resilient Cities: New Challenges, New Solutions", 21st Annual Symposium, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Wallace Stegner Center (March 31, 2016)
  • Discussant, "Administrative Law and Climate Change", Annual Conference, Southeast Association of Law Schools (August 5, 2014)
  • Panelist, "Fracking 101: Legal and Policy Issues", Sustainability Week, University of Missouri (April 24, 2014)
  • Speaker, "EPA Regulations, Coal Power Plants, and Climate Change", Colloquium on Science and Public Policy, University of Missouri, Undergraduate Honors College (April 7, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Thinking Like City: Grounding Social-Ecological Resilience in an Urban Land Ethic", Law Review Symposium, Resilient Cities: Environment | Economics | Equity, University of Idaho (April 4, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Environmental Justice: Evolution of the Revolution", Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law Symposium, Environmental Law 4.0: Adaptive and Resilient, University of Missouri School of Law (February 14, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Off the Mark: When the Marks Doctrine Fails", Legal Scholarship Workshop, Northwestern University School of Law (October 1, 2013)
  • Speaker, "The Future: Thinking Through Massachusetts v. EPA", Symposium, Climate Change and the Future of California Environmental Law, Chapman University School of Law (March 26, 2009)
  • Panelist, "Property Rights & Sustainability", Second Annual Urban Land Institute Orange County Sustainability Forum, The Culture of Sustainability, (November 1, 2007)
  • Panelist, "U.S. Supreme Court and Legislative Preview", Annual Conference, Southeast Association of Law Schools (July 18, 2006)
  • Panelist, "Theory Matters: Using Theories of Agency Behavior in Regulatory Design for Urban Runoff", Symposium, The Slippery Slope: Urban Runoff, Water Quality, and the Issue of Legal Authority, Chapman University School of Law (January 27, 2006)