• Erwin Chemerinksy

    Dean and Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law
    Founding Chair of the Institute

    Erwin Chemerinsky is Dean and Professor at UC Berkeley School of Law. Prior to becoming Dean of Berkeley Law, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at UC Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. Previously, he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University, and before that was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science.  Dean Chemerinsky is one of the most cited legal scholars in the country.

  • Roman Silberfeld

    Founding Chair, Advisory Board

    Roman Silberfeld, Inaugural Chair of the Advisory Board of the Civil Justice Research Institute, has an impressive record of courtroom success across many of complex civil litigation's challenging disciplines.  His trial and appellate experience includes business and high technology matters, product liability, professional negligence and mass tort litigation, with particular emphasis on multi-state, multi-party, and class action litigation.  Along with a meticulous dedication to the demands of the courtroom, Mr. Silberfeld brings a professional civil demeanor to his practice.

  • Shauhin Talesh

    Professor, UC Irvine School of Law
    Faculty Director of the Institute (UC Irvine)

    Shauhin Talesh is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work spans law, sociology, and political science. His research interests include the empirical study of law and business organizations, dispute resolution, consumer protection, insurance, and the relationship between law and social inequality. Professor Talesh’s most recent empirical study addresses the intersection between organizations, risk, and consumer protection laws, focusing on private organizations' responses to and constructions of laws designed to regulate them, consumers' mobilization of their legal rights and the legal cultures of private organizations. Professor Talesh’s scholarship has appeared in multiple law and peer-reviewed social science journals including Law and Society Review and has won multiple awards in Sociology, Political Science and Law & Society.


  • Anne Bloom

    Executive Director

    Anne Bloom has a distinguished record of accomplishment in both academia and public interest law.  Before coming to UCI, she was the Director for Public Programs for Equal Justice Works in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she was an Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law at McGeorge Law School where she taught courses in litigation, law and politics, and public interest law.  Before becoming a professor, Anne was a staff attorney at Public Justice in Washington, D.C.  She holds both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in political science and has authored many articles on civil justice-related subjects.

  • Rabie Kadri

    Law Centers Manager
  • Nikita Salehi

    Research Assistant