Faculty Profiles

David Binder

David A. Binder

Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
A.B. UCLA, 1956
LL.B. Stanford, 1959
UCLA Faculty Since 1970

David Binder is a Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus who was a pioneer in developing clinical methods of teaching law. He is a recipient of both the University's Distinguished Teaching Award and the School of Law's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, and after only two years at UCLA, the Class of 1972 elected him Professor of the Year. In 2001, the School of Law honored him with a special award commemorating his thirty years of dedication to clinical legal education.

Before joining the School of Law, Professor Binder was a partner in the law firm of Brown & Brown in Los Angeles and served as director of litigation for the Western Center on Law and Poverty between 1969 and 1970. He has spent several summers teaching introductory courses on American law at various universities in China.

Professor Binder has published pioneering clinical scholarship, including several books with Professors Albert Moore and Paul Bergman that grow out of his focus on fact development and its relation to inferential proof and argument at trial, including Demystifying The First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience with Albert J. Moore (2009), Deposition Questioning Strategies and Techniques (2001) and Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Techniques (1996). He also co-authored Lawyers as Counselors: A Client Centered Approach (3rd Edition) with Professor Paul Bergman, Susan Price and Paul Tremblay of Boston College Law School (2012).