Northern District Judge Jeremy D. Fogel To Helm New Berkeley Judicial Institute

The Court is pleased to announce that Senior District Judge Jeremy D. Fogel, who has served as Director of the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) in Washington, D.C. since October 2011, will leave the bench in September 2018 to serve as the first Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute. The Berkeley Judicial Institute will be housed at Berkeley Law School and will pursue the mission of serving as a bridge between the judiciary and the legal academy.

Judge Fogel served as a Municipal Court judge (1981-86) and a Superior Court judge (1986-98) in Santa Clara County before being confirmed to an Article III judgeship of the Northern District; he served in the San Jose Division from 1998 to 2011, taking senior status at the end of 2014. While on the bench, Judge Fogel taught at Stanford Law School and lectured widely on alternative dispute resolution and other legal topics. In October 2011, Judge Fogel began his 7-year term as Director of the FJC, a post that is held by a sitting federal judge. Judge Fogel was the third judge of the Northern District to hold that position (after Judges William W. Schwarzer and Fern M. Smith).

Of his post-FJC plans, Judge Fogel notes: “It is with some poignancy that I leave the bench after 37 years as a state and federal judge. I hope to build on some of the efforts begun during my tenure at the FJC to identify and strengthen the skills and attributes of good judges and to build the capabilities of judges and courts. It has been a great honor to be a member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and I will miss that role. I look forward to engaging with my colleagues and with the bar in new ways through my endeavors at the Berkeley Judicial Institute.”

Of Judge Fogel’s departure from the bench, Chief Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton observes: “In addition to being a superb jurist, Judge Fogel has devoted time and talent throughout his judicial career to educating judges and lawyers and to providing leadership to explore improvements in the way litigation is handled in our courts. While it seemed that directing the FJC would be the culmination of that aspect of Judge Fogel’s career, I am delighted that this new endeavor will open a new chapter in Judge Fogel’s career as educator and innovator. There simply is no one better suited than Judge Fogel to head the Berkeley Judicial Institute. While we will miss him as a colleague, we are glad to have him back in Northern California and we look forward to reaping the benefits of his continued leadership in promoting innovation in the courts.”

View the public announcement on the Berkeley Law website.