Robert Fellmeth

Robert Fellmeth
Phone: (619) 260-4806
Office: Pardee Legal Research Center L13

Tina Calvert
(619) 260-4806

Price Professor of Public Interest Law; Executive Director, Center for Public Interest Law

  • JD, 1970, Harvard University
  • AB, 1967, Stanford University

Areas of Expertise

Child Advocacy/Children's Rights, Consumer Law, Family Law, Government Agencies, Legal Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Public Interest/Public Law and Regulation, White-Collar Crime

Professional Experience

Fellmeth was an attorney with the Center for the Study of Responsive Law in Washington, D.C., from 1968 to 1973, and was one of the original "Nader's Raiders," investigating the Federal Trade Commission in 1968. He served as a deputy district attorney for San Diego County and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice in San Diego. In 1980, he founded USD's Center for Public Interest Law, and in 1989, he founded the Children's Advocacy Institute. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1977.

Professor Fellmeth teaches and writes in the areas of children's rights, regulation, antitrust, and consumer law.

Honors and Affiliations

Fellmeth chairs the Maternal and Child Health Access Foundation, serves on the boards of the National Association of Counsel for Children and First Star, and is counsel to the Board of Voices for America's Children. He is the former California State Bar discipline monitor and chairs the board of the Public Citizen Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Scholarly Work

“Expert Testimony in Child Related Litigation” in Handbook of Pediatric Forensic Pathology (with Chadwick) (Byard, and Collins, eds.) (Spiriner Publishing, 2014); “Legal Issues” in Child Maltreatment, Physical Abuse and Neglect, 4th Ed. (Chadwick, Giardino, and Alexander, eds.) (STM Learning, 2014); State Child Welfare Violations and Federal Non-Enforcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (with Hatfield, and Juel) (Children's Advocacy Institute, April 2012); State Secrecy and Child Deaths in the U.S. (with Weichel, Riehl, Samuelson, et al.) (Children's Advocacy Institute and First Star, April 2012); Child Rights and Remedies, 3rd Ed. (Clarity Press, 2011); and California White Collar Crime, 3rd Ed. (with Papageorge) (Tower, 2010).