Rex Perschbacher was Dean of the UC Davis School of Law from 1998 to 2008, and before that served as Associate Dean from 1993 to 1998. He has taught at UC Davis since 1981 with an emphasis on the areas of Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and Clinical teaching. He received the law school's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992, and a Special Citation Affirmative Action and Diversity Achievement Award, 2001.
Professor Perschbacher received his J.D. degree from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he was Articles Editor of the California Law Review and elected to Order of the Coif. After graduation, he served as law clerk to The Honorable Alfonso J. Zirpoli of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Later he entered private practice with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco. He has taught at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), the University of Texas, Santa Clara University, and the University of San Diego law schools. Perschbacher has published articles in the areas of civil procedure, professional responsibility and lawyers' negotiations. He is co-author of United States Legal System: An Introduction (1st and 2d eds.); Cases and Materials on Civil Procedure (1-5th eds.); California Civil Procedure; California Legal Ethics (1-6th eds.) and Problems in Legal Ethics (3-8th eds.).
He has been involved in law school accreditation activities having served for six years on the American Bar Association's Accreditation Committee; and on two separate standing committees of the Association of American Law Schools and two section executive committees. Currently he is Chair of the AALS Section of the Dean. From 1990-1996 he was on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services of Northern California and two related boards. He also served on the Governing Committee on Continuing Education of the Bar from 2000-2003.