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Stephen Rosenbaum
Lecturer in Law


Stephen Rosenbaum, J.D., M.P.P., is John & Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer at his alma mater, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he has taught courses in social justice skills, civil rights litigation, mental health law and policy, and cultural competency. He also teaches Law and Public Policy at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. In 2012-14, Rosenbaum was a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law, where he taught Human Rights Advocacy and co-directed an international human rights legal clinic.

Rosenbaum was Of Counsel to the San Francisco civil rights law firm of Michael Sorgen from 2011 to 2013. Previously, he was a staff attorney with Disability Rights California and senior litigation attorney with Disability Rights, Education & Defense Fund. Before that he was a staff attorney and litigator with California Rural Legal Assistance. Rosenbaum has litigated a number of impact cases in federal and state court on behalf of immigrants and persons with disabilities, and has represented many students and others in mediation and administrative hearings. He has conducted numerous workshops for parents, professionals, lay advocates and hearing officers and has served on advisory committees of  the California Office of Administrative Hearings, UC Berkeley’s Disability Studies, the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates, and the Special Education Advocate Training Project.

Rosenbaum's scholarship focuses on disability, special education, human rights, legal education, immigration, and lay advocacy. In 2002, he was named a Harvard Law Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow and in 2008 was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Auckland (NZ) School of Critical Studies in Education. Rosenbaum is a recipient of Berkeley Law’s Eleanor Swift Award For Public Service (2013) and advocacy awards from the Alameda County Developmental Disabilities Council (2006) and Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (2005).