Faculty Biography

Robert C. Fellmeth

Price Professor of Public Interest Law
Executive Director of Center for Public Interest Law
Executive Director of Children's Advocacy Institute

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

Areas of Expertise

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

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.

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.

Key Works

Fellmeth’s publications include "Expert Testimony in Child Related Litigation" in The Forensic Pathology of Infancy and Childhood (with Chadwick) (Byard and Collins, eds.) (Springer Publishing, 2012); "Legal Issues" in Child Maltreatment 4E: A Clinical Guide and Reference (Chadwick, Giardino and Alexander, eds.) (STM Learning, 2012); California White Collar Crime (with Papageorge) (Tower, 2010) and Child Rights and Remedies (Clarity Press, 2002); "State Secrecy and Child Deaths in the U.S." (with Samuelson et al.) (Children's Advocacy Institute, 2012); and "State Child Welfare Violations and Federal Non-Enforcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services" (with Juel and Hatfield) (Children’s Advocacy Institute, 2012).

Fall 2014 Classes

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Contact Information

Pardee Legal Research Center, Room 013
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-4806

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