Tamara Rice Lave
Associate Professor of Law
Fellow, Institute for Legal Research, UC-Berkeley
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Stanford Law School
B.A., Haverford College
After graduating from Stanford Law School, Professor Lave was a deputy public defender for ten years in San Diego, California. As a P.D., she handled a variety of cases including possession of a spiny lobster out of season, torture, child molestation, rape, and murder.
In 2005, Professor Lave left the public defender's office to start a doctoral program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy – an interdisciplinary law and society program – at the University of California, Berkeley. While there, she was a graduate student fellow at the Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs. Her dissertation is entitled "Constructing and Controlling the Sexually Violent Predator: An American Obsession."
After receiving her Ph.D. in May 2009, Professor Lave became a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She was also a visiting professor at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.
Her primary teaching areas and interests include: criminal law, criminal procedure, ethics, law and philosophy, punishment, and sex offender legislation.
Lave is a criminal law consultant at the Legal Education, ADR, and Practical Problem-Solving (LEAPS) Project of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Law Schools Committee. LEAPS is designed to help law faculty incorporate practical problem solving into their instruction.
Outside of the classroom, Professor Lave is an avid runner. She had the honor of representing the United States in the marathon at the 2003 Track and Field World Championships in Paris, France. From 2008-2011, she was a regular columnist at Running Times magazine.