David A. Carrillo

Lecturer in Residence; Executive Director, California Constitution Center
Berkeley Law School

David A. Carrillo joined the Berkeley Law faculty as the founding Executive Director of the California Constitution Center in 2012.  The center is devoted to developing scholarship concerning the California Constitution and the California Supreme Court.  

Dr. Carrillo has been awarded four degrees by the University of California at Berkeley:  a J.S.D. (2011), an LL.M. (2007), a J.D. (1995), and a B.A. (1991).  In addition to operating the center, he has taught or co-taught several courses at Berkeley Law, including the California Supreme Court Seminar (Law 227.5), California Constitutional Law (Law 223.8), Constitutional Design and the California Constitution (Law 221.9), and taught in the first year core Moot Court program (Law 202.1B) as a practitioner instructor.  Dr. Carrillo publishes articles on the law of the California Constitution, including “California Constitutional Law:  Separation of Powers” (2011) 45 USF.L.Rev. 655 (with Danny Y. Chou), and “California Constitutional Law:  The Religion Clauses” (2011) 45 USF.L.Rev. 689 (with Shane G. Smith).

Dr. Carrillo was in active practice for 16 years, and prevailed in many trial court judgments and appellate decisions in state and federal court.  He served as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, where as a member of the Employment and Administrative Mandate Section he represented state agencies in civil litigation, writs of mandate and administrative proceedings on issues of statewide importance in state and federal courts.  Before joining the California Attorney General’s Office, Dr. Carrillo served as a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco, where as a member of the Public Protection Team he handled advice, administrative mandamus and litigation matters concerning peace officer discipline, employment claims, criminal discovery policy, and local commission procedure.  Dr. Carrillo served as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County, where he prosecuted a variety of criminal matters.  Dr. Carrillo also worked as a senior litigation associate in private practice, focusing on product liability, coverage, and environmental impact matters.  

Dr. Carrillo actively participates in the state and local bar, and is a life member of the La Raza Lawyers Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.  He previously served on the State Bar of California Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, and currently serves on the San Francisco and Alameda County Bar Association committees on judicial appointments.  Dr. Carrillo also currently serves on the board of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association, and the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies.

A member of the California bar since 1995, Dr. Carrillo is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern District Courts of California.