USD School of Law Alumnus Michael Berg ’81 (JD) Appointed to Judgeship

Michael Berg ’81 (JD) Appointed to Judgeship

Judge Michael Berg

SAN DIEGO (February 4, 2019) University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus Michael Berg, ’81 (JD), was named Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California and sworn in at a ceremony held on January 3. Judge Berg fills a position left vacant by the passing of Judge David Bartick.  

Prior to his appointment, Judge Berg was a criminal defense attorney for 36 years.  He successfully represented some of the most high-profile criminal cases in San Diego, including the first ever death penalty case filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Judge Berg serves his community through his volunteer work.  He is the incoming chairman of the California Board of Legal Specialists for the State Bar of California, the president of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Board of Directors and the former president and current handicap chairman for the Torrey Pines Men’s Golf Club.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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