Ty Alper, a social justice lawyer and professor, was elected in November 2014 to a four-year term on the Berkeley School Board, and re-elected in November 2018. He served as President of the Board in 2017. He and his wife Tamar are both graduates of the Berkeley public schools; they graduated from Berkeley High in 1991. They have three children in the Berkeley schools, one at Rosa Parks, one at Longfellow, and one at Berkeley High.
Ty is a Clinical Professor of Law and previously served as the Associate Dean for Experiential Education at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he teaches in Berkeley Law’s Death Penalty Clinic. In his work at Berkeley Law, he trains, teaches, and supervises law students in all aspects of the representation of indigent clients facing the death penalty in a number of states, primarily in the Deep South. Prior to joining the Berkeley Law faculty, Ty was a staff attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta.
Ty graduated from Brown University in 1995, and received his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1998. He received an L.L.M. in advocacy from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001. He has written extensively on subjects related to criminal justice and the death penalty, and he is a member of the California, Alabama, Georgia, and District of Columbia bars.