Professor Berch joined Concordia University School of Law in 2014. Before that, she served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California, where she taught civil procedure and constitutional criminal procedure. At Concordia, Professor Berch teaches civil litigation courses, including federal courts, civil procedure, and conflict of laws.
Professor Berch’s scholarship involves the intersection of civil litigation, strategy, and ethics, and she has published articles in several journals, including Temple Law Review, Marquette Law Review, McGeorge Law Review, and the Minnesota Journal of International Law. Professor Berch is also a co-author of a law school textbook, Introduction to Legal Method and Process, currently in its fifth edition.
Professor Berch attended Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar her first year and a James Kent Scholar her second and third years. She served as Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and was active in environmental moot court, both as a coach and competitor. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Berch then accepted an offer from the Phoenix, Arizona office of Perkins Coie, LLP, where she practiced for several years, focusing primarily on appellate litigation, constitutional impact litigation, and white collar criminal defense.
Waving Goodbye to Non-Waivability: The Case for Permitting Waiver of Statutory Subject-Matter Jurisdiction Defects, 45 McGeorge L. Rev. 635 (2014) (lead article, Issue 4).
The Confrontation Clause and the Border Patrol: Applying the “Primary Purpose” Test to Multifunction Agencies, 96 Marq. L. Rev. 793 (2013) (with Caleb E. Mason).
May I Have a Word with You: Oops, Have I Already Violated the No-Contact Rule?, 6 Phoenix L. Rev. 433 (2013) (with Michael A. Berch).
The Costs of Litigation: A Proposal to Amend Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 39(a)(4), 83 Temple L. Rev. 103 (2010).
The Need for Enforcement of U.S. Punitive Damages Awards by the European Union, 19 Minn. J. Int’l L. 55 (2010).
Michael Berch, Rebecca Berch, Ralph Spritzer, & Jessica Berch, Introduction to Legal Method and Process: Cases and Materials (Thomson West 5th ed. 2010).