Abbye Atkinson

Job title: 
Co-Faculty Director

Abbye Atkinson is the Class of 1965 Assistant Professor of Law, and her research focuses on the law of debtors and creditors as it affects marginalized communities. Her work is forthcoming in the Duke Law Journal and the Texas Law Review Online, and it has been published in the Columbia Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Arizona Law Review, Michigan Journal of Race & Law, and the N.Y.U. Law Review Online.

Before joining Berkeley Law, Atkinson was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow at Harvard Law School.  Previously she worked as an associate attorney in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald M. Gould of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a special education teacher in California public schools. 

At Berkeley, Atkinson teaches Contracts, Poverty Law, and a seminar on Debt, Discrimination, and Inequality.


B.A., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Harvard Law

Research interests: 

Bankruptcy | Consumer Law and Protection