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.