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Karen Petroski, J.D., Ph.D.


Courses Taught

Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Evidence Legislation, Patent Law


A.B., Duke University, 1990
M.A., Columbia University, 1991
M.Phil., Columbia University, 1994
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1999
J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2004

She is a 2004 graduate of the law school at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a supervising editor on the California Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif.

She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy and comparative literature from Duke University in 1990 and a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University in 1999.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Legislation

Community Work and Service

Before joining the faculty in 2008, Petroski was a litigation associate with Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco. After law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable William W Schwarzer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.