Associate of the Chancellor Weisberg's biography
Kelly Weisberg is married to UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal and serves as associate of the chancellor.
She is a lawyer, a sociologist, and a professor of law at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Before joining the Hastings faculty in 1982, Professor Weisberg worked at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, where she conducted legal research on the rights of children during the International Year of the Child. She taught at Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, and has been a visiting professor at Boston University and at Hebrew University, where she was a Lady Davis Fellow. She is a member of the California Bar.
Her research interests focus on issues in family law, juvenile law, and domestic violence. She has participated in federally funded studies of juvenile parole, juvenile prostitution, family violence, and sexual exploitation of children. She served as a consultant for the American Bar Association's Women on Law Faculties Study, and for a study of child abuse conducted by the American Justice Institute's National Juvenile Justice Assessment Center. She also testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention about the relationship between runaway behavior and juvenile prostitution.
She is the Hastings Director of the 3+3 Program between UC Santa Cruz and UC Hastings College of the Law, an accelerated educational program in which students can complete a Bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six, rather than the normal seven, years. In addition, she is the organizer of the Social Justice Speaker Series, which brings UC Hastings faculty members to UC Santa Cruz to deliver lectures on topics of social justice.
At Hastings, she teaches Family Law, Children and the Law, Juvenile Justice, and Domestic Violence Law. She is the author of numerous law review articles and books, including Child, Family, State: Cases and Materials on Children and the Law, co-authored with Robert Mnookin, (Aspen Publishers, 7th ed. 2014); The Birth of Surrogacy in Israel (2005); Modern Family Law, co-authored with Susan Appleton, (Aspen Publishers, 5th ed. 2013); Domestic Violence Law: Legal and Social Reality (Aspen Publishers, 2012); and Applications of Feminist Legal Theory to Women's Lives (Temple University Press, 1996). She is also editor of the national newsletter on domestic violence, Domestic Violence Report.
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University, from which she also earned a Ph.D. in sociology. She received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, where she was a member of the California Law Review.
She and Chancellor Blumenthal have two children, Aaron, a law student at UC Berkeley, and Sarah, a medical school student at UCLA.