Melissa McGonigal Berry

Melissa McGonigal Berry
Visiting Associate Professor of Law

BA cum laude (1990), Tulane University
JD cum laude (1993), Northwestern University School of Law

Professor Berry joined the School of Law in 2013 as a visiting associate professor of law after serving on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Law and Chapman University School of Law, where she was director of Chapman’s Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Law Emphasis Program.

Before she began teaching, Professor Berry practiced litigation and regulatory law on both coasts: at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., and at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle. At Perkins, she was selected as a Perkins Coie Community Service Fellow, providing six months of pro bono work to Teamchild, a nonprofit civil legal services organization that represents youth in the juvenile justice system. Following law school, Professor Berry served as a law clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the late Honorable Terence T. Evans, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Professor Berry received her JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law.  While attending law school, she was a teaching assistant, a research assistant and the coordinating note and comment editor for the Northwestern University Law Review. She graduated from Tulane University, cum laude, with a BA in political science and Latin American studies. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Professor Berry’s primary research interests are in the areas of administrative law, environmental law, statutory interpretation and judicial decision-making. For the past five years, she has focused on groundwater issues through participation on a local council of governments planning group’s water resources committee.

At the School of Law, Professor Berry teaches Environmental Law, Land Use Controls, Natural Resources Law and Sales. She is also the faculty advisor to the Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law.