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

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

Professor Robert C. Fellmeth is a tenured law professor at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law and is founder and executive director of the Center for Public Interest Law and the Children's Advocacy Institute, both at USD School of Law. He is the holder of the Price Chair in Public Interest Law at USD, one of two such chairs in the nation.

In 1997-98, USD honored him for his "outstanding, balanced, cumulative career contributions supporting the mission and goals of USD." Citing his three decades of service as a tenured professor at the School of Law and his extensive scholarship, USD's School of Leadership and Education Sciences in 2009 added him to its list of "Remarkable Leaders in Education" for "legendary contributions to the field of education made by individuals from San Diego and Imperial Counties."

A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Fellmeth was one of the original "Nader's Raiders," organizing the student groups in 1968 and directing the Nader Congress Project in 1970-72. As a deputy district attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego from 1973-81, he litigated 22 antitrust actions and founded the nation's first antitrust unit in a district attorney's office.

He currently serves on the board of directors of Public Citizen Foundation, the National Association of Counsel for Children, and First Star. In the past he served on the board of directors of Consumers Union and California Common Cause and as counsel for Voices for America's Children.

He has taught at the National Judicial College, the National College of District Attorneys, and the California Judicial College. He has authored or co-authored 14 books or treatises, including The Nader Report on the FTC (Baron, 1968), The Politics of Land (Grossman, 1970), California Administrative and Antitrust Law: Regulation of Business, Trades and Professions (Butterworths Legal Publishers) and California White Collar Crime (LEXIS Publishing). His latest treatise is Child Rights and Remedies (Clarity Press, 2011), a text on child advocacy.

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).