Bruce G. Berner
Louis & Anna Seegers Professor of Law

Bruce Berner has taught at the Valparaiso University Law School since 1971, principally in the areas of Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, and Torts (with brief stints in about a dozen others).  He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for over fifteen years and for a longer period as Chair of the University’s Faculty Senate.  He holds several appointed positions for the City of Valparaiso, including President of the City Plan Commission and Immediate Past President of the City Park Foundation.  His legal scholarship includes articles on the Fourth Amendment and the Insanity Defense, and, more recently, a set of instructional problems in Evidence.  He has written many essays for a wider audience on American Legal Culture.  His hobbies include amateur singing for, among other groups, the Choir of the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University, and amateur acting with local theater groups.  He served as Special Deputy Prosecutor for the State of Indiana from 1978 to 1980 in connection with the pioneering homicide prosecution of the Ford Motor Company concerning its compact car, the Pinto.  He infuses his teaching with many attempts at humor, 78% of which, in a non-scientific survey, were judged by his students as “not particularly good.”  Berner responded, “I live for the 22%.”