Christopher Edley, Jr. is the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Chair at the UC Berkeley School of Law and served as the school's dean from 2004 to 2013. His academic work is primarily in the areas of administrative law, civil rights, education policy, and domestic public policy generally.
Edley has moved between academia and public service, which together give him broad familiarity with many areas of public policy. A veteran of two tours of White House service and twice that many presidential campaigns, Edley has played a central role in national politics for more than three decades. His publications include Not All Black and White: Affirmative Action, Race and American Values, (1996) which grew out of his work as special counsel to President Clinton; and Administrative Law: Rethinking Judicial Control of Bureaucracy (1990). In the Carter administration he served as assistant director of the White House domestic-policy staff, where his responsibilities included welfare reform, social security and a variety of anti-poverty measures.
Edley taught at Harvard Law School for more than two decades and co-founded its Civil Rights Project, a multi-disciplinary research and policy think tank that conducted research and policy briefings for congressional staff, journalists and civil rights organizations. He earned a law degree and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard, where he was editor and officer of the Harvard Law Review. He has served on numerous boards and commission, including the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Carter-Ford National Commission on Federal Election Reform and the Council on Foreign Relations.