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.

  • Moderator, "Supporting Veterans and Military-Connected Students", Annual Meeting, Student Services Section Program, Association of American Law Schools (January 1, 2020)
  • Speaker, "A Coaching Toolkit for Leaders", Women’s Leadership in Legal Academia 2019 Conference, (July 19, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Teaching Associates to Manage Chaos and Thrive", 2019 Summer Conference, Professional Development Consortium (July 11, 2019)
  • Co-presenter, "Fostering First Gen Success from Admissions to Alumni", Annual Conference, National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals (June 1, 2019)
  • Moderator, "Lessons Learned: Career and Student Services for Masters Students", Third Annual Legal Masters Conference, (March 1, 2019)
  • Discussion facillitator, "Fostering Growth Mindset, Academic Support and Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession", Annual Conference, Association of American Law Schools (January 1, 2019)
  • Moderator, "Hot Topics in Student Services", Annual Conference, Association of American Law Schools (January 1, 2019)
  • Co-presenter, "Gaining Grit: Helping Law Students Build Resilience", Annual Conference, National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals (June 1, 2018)
  • Speaker, "A Coaching Toolkit for Academic Support Professionals: Helping Law Student Build Resilience through Coaching", Sixth Annual Conference, Association of Academic Support Professionals (May 1, 2018)
  • Panelist, "Failing Forward: Shifting the Mindset", Women Making Waves Conference: Building Success Through Resilience, (March 1, 2018)
  • Panelist, "Integration of Programs and Student within the Law School and the University", Legal Master’s Programs for Non-Lawyers Second Annual Conference, (March 1, 2018)
  • Panelist, "Added Value: Programming for International LL.M. Professional and Personal Development", Annual Conference, Association of American Law Schools (January 1, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Coaching as a Differentiating Strategy", Annual Conference, Association of American Law Schools (January 1, 2018)
  • Discussion facilitator, "Advising First-Generation and Second Career Students", 2017 Summer Advising Summit, University of Washington Graduate and Professional Advisors Association (September 1, 2017)
  • Co-presenter, "Campus Climate for Non-JD Students: Strategies for Inclusion of Graduate Program & International Students", Inaugural Annual Conference, NALSAP (June 1, 2017)