|Visiting Associate Professor
Jessica Berch is a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of law for the 2016-2017 academic year. Professor Berch joins us from Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, where she teaches Civil Procedure I & II, Federal Courts, and Conflict of Laws. Previously, Professor Berch worked as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California, where she taught Civil Procedure I & II and two sections of Constitutional Criminal Procedure. Professor Berch enjoys teaching, and she was awarded Professor of the Year in 2014-2015.
Professor Berch graduated from Columbia Law School as a James Kent Scholar. While attending Columbia, Professor Berch served as Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and was active in the environmental moot court program. Immediately after law school, Professor Berch clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Berch then accepted an offer from the Phoenix office of Perkins Coie, LLP, where she focused primarily on appellate litigation, constitutional impact litigation, and white collar criminal defense.
Professor Berch’s litigation background through her clerkship and practice experience informs her scholarship, which typically involves the intersection of civil litigation, strategy, and ethics. She has published in several journals, including Temple Law Review, Marquette Law Review, Pace Law Review, and the Minnesota Journal of International Law, among others. She has a new draft underway involving the horizontal federalism implications of piecemeal marijuana legalization and how prohibiting states can protect themselves from the transboundary spillover from their legalizing neighbors.
Professor Berch is excited for the opportunity to join the faculty at ASU for a year. Her roots are in Arizona. She grew up in Arizona and attended Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. Her father taught at the Law School for more than forty years before retiring, and her mother recently retired from the Arizona Supreme Court. Professor Berch looks forward to returning to her home state, meeting the students at ASU, and having a truly enjoyable year.