Christian Chessman is a law clerk for Chief Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Christian earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and his juris doctor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. At Berkeley Law, Christian was Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Articles Editor for the California Law Review, and Director of the McBaine Moot Court program.
Christian has authored a number of academic articles examining the relationships between technology, criminal law, and the federal courts. Christian’s legal scholarship has been cited in a number of state and federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the California Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeal. Christian also received the 2018 Thelen Marrin Award for Scholarship, which recognizes the top publication by a Berkeley Law student in each graduating class, based on an article he published in the California Law Review. Christian’s recent work on sentient property and administrative law was one of five papers awarded the Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing for 2018. Prior to clerking for Chief Judge Gilstrap, Christian worked as a patent litigator at the Tensegrity Law Group in Silicon Valley. He worked primarily on high stakes life-sciences patent suits before the International Trade Commission. Christian is strongly committed to giving back to his local communities. After arriving in California, Christian founded the CalCares Food Security Initiative, which provides nutritionally diverse meal options to the homeless populations in Berkeley and San Francisco. Christian also worked with survivors of sexual assault as a board member of the Alachua County Victims Services and Rape Crisis Center, as well as working with survivors of domestic violence through the University of Florida’s Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic. Finally, while at Berkeley Law, Christian founded the BTLJ Scholars program, which funds tuition for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need. In his spare time, Christian enjoys running marathons with his dad, reading fantasy fiction works, and caring for his two young kittens.