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Rex R. Perschbacher

Professor of Law, Daniel J. Dykstra Endowed Chair and Director of Clinical Legal Education


A.B. Philosophy, Stanford University 1968

J.D., University of California, Berkeley 1972


Rex Perschbacher was Dean of the Law School from 1998 to 2008, and before that served as Associate Dean from 1993-1998. He has taught at UC Davis since 1981 with an emphasis on the areas of Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and Clinical teaching. He received the law school's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992, and a Special Citation Affirmative Action and Diversity Achievement Award, 2001.

Perschbacher received his J.D. degree from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he was Articles Editor of the California Law Review and elected to Order of the Coif. After graduation, he served as law clerk to The Honorable Alfonso J. Zirpoli of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Later he entered private practice with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco. He has taught at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), the University of Texas, Santa Clara University, and the University of San Diego law schools. Perschbacher has published articles in the areas of civil procedure, professional responsibility and lawyers' negotiations. He is co-author of United States Legal System: An Introduction (1st and 2d eds.); Cases and Materials on Civil Procedure (1-5th eds.); California Civil Procedure; California Legal Ethics (1-6th eds.) and Problems in Legal Ethics (3-8th eds.). He has been involved in law school accreditation activities having served for six years on the American Bar Association's Accreditation Committee; and on two separate standing committees of the Association of American Law Schools and two section executive committees. Currently he is Chair of the AALS Section of the Dean. From 1990-1996 he was on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services of Northern California and two related boards. He also served on the Governing Committee on Continuing Education of the Bar from 2000-2003.

Subject Areas

Civil Procedure (Including Civil Litigation And Complex Litigation), Civil Rights, Ethics, Legal Education, Law And Popular Culture

Selected Career Highlights

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, 1992
  • author of Cases and Materials on Civil Procedure (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions), with D. Crump, W. Dorsaneo and O. Chase
  • Problems in Legal Ethics (3rd, 4th, and 5th) editions, with M. Schwartz and R. Wydick; (6th and 7th editions) with M. Schwartz, R. Wydick and D. Bassett
  • California Legal Ethics (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions), with R. Wydick; (4th and 5th editions) with R. Wydick and D. Bassett
  • The United States Legal System—An Introduction, with M. Johns
  • California Civil Procedure, with W. Heiser and M. Johns
  • appointed Dean of the Law School, July 1998

Selected Publications


CASES AND MATERIALS ON CIVIL PROCEDURE, (Matthew Bender, 1987, 1992, 1998; Lexis, 2001) (co-author)

PROBLEMS IN LEGAL ETHICS, (West Publishing Co., 1992, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005) (co-author)

CALIFORNIA LEGAL ETHICS, (West Publishing Co., 1992, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005) (co-author)

CALIFORNIA CIVIL PROCEDURE AND PRACTICE, (Matthew Bender 1996) (co-author)

CALIFORNIA TRIAL TECHNIQUES, (Parker & Son 1991) (co-author)

OUTLINE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE, (Casenotes Publishing, 1991, 1996, 2001) (co-author)

ANNUAL SUPPLEMENTS TO CASES AND MATERIALS ON CIVIL PROCEDURE, (Matthew Bender 1988-2003) (primary author 1988-2002)

Lawyers and Ethical Issues/Considerations in Cross-Border Class Action Litigation, 2004 Mich. St. L. Rev. 735

The End of Law, 84 B. U. L. REV. 1 (2004) (co-author)

Labor and Employment in the Academy: A Critical Look at the Ivory Tower, 6 EMPLOYEE RTS & EMP. L. J. 129, 161-65 (2002)

Welcome: 16th Annual Environmental Law Conference, 25 ENVIRONS 53 (2002)

The Responsibilities of a Public Law School, 3 U. TOL. L. REV. 693 (2000)

Forward, Fifty Years of International Shoe: The Past and Future of Personal Jurisdiction, 28 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 513 (1995)

Reading Beyond the Labels: Effective Regulation of Lawyers' Targeted Direct Mail Advertising, 58 U. COLO. L. REV. 225 (1987) (co-author); reprinted in Volume XI ADVERTISING L. ANTHOLOGY (1987)

Minimum Contacts Reapplied: Mr. Justice Brennan Has It His Way in Burger King Corp. v. Rudzewicz, ARIZ. ST. L.J. 585 (1986)

Regulating Lawyers' Negotiations, 27 ARIZ. L. REV. 75 (1985); reprinted in 35 DEFENSE L.J. 65 (1986)

Rethinking Collateral Estoppel: Limiting the Preclusive Effect of Administrative Determinations in Judicial Proceedings, 35 FLA. L. REV. 422 (1983)

Foreword, Developments in Federal Civil Procedure, 17 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1 (1983)

Judging Judges: The Investigation of Rose Bird at the California Supreme Court, 16 U.C. DAVIS. L. REV. 817 (1983) (book review)

2011 Supplement to Cases and Materials on Civil Procedure, Fifth Edition (2011, with Crump, Dorsaneo, & Bassett)

2013 Supplement to Cases and Materials on Civil Procedure, Sixth Edition (2013, with Crump, Dorsaneo, & Bassett)

The Elusive Goal of Impartiality, 97 Iowa Law Review 181 (2011, with Bassett)

The Roots of Removal, 77 Brooklyn Law Review 1 (2011, with Bassett)

Perceptions of Justice: An International Perspective on Judges and Appearances, 36 Fordham International Law Journal 136 (January 2013, with Bassett)

Realigning Parties, accepted for publication by the Utah Law Review (forthcoming, 2014, vol. 4, summer, with Bassett)