Restraint is often the most powerful tool in the box.

Christine Helwick is of counsel in the San Francisco office. She provides a broad range of advice to higher education clients, does investigations, and coaches high-level managers. Christine is the former General Counsel for the California State University system, and head of Litigation at the University of California. She has served on two law school accreditation teams.

Says Christine: “I am happy to be a part of Hirschfeld Kraemer, as it is one of the few law firms with a genuine interest in, and understanding of, higher education.”

2007 Distinguished Service Award, National Association of College and University Attorneys

2013 Corporate Counsel Magazine, Best Legal Department

Two-term Board Member, National Association of College and University Business Officers

Fulbright Award for Higher Education Administrators

Past President, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Aspen Institute Participant

Shortstop, Juvenile Diversion Program

Operation Jumpstart Mentor, Long Beach

Board Member, African Library Project

Board Member, Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Member, Site Evaluation Team for the University of Maine School of Law and the Appalachian School of Law

“Faculty and Employee Sexual Misconduct,” Panelist, NACUA Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 25, 2018

“Service and Emotional Support Animals,” CUPA, Northern California Chapter,
San Francisco, California, May 31, 2018

“Becoming a Provost Academy  — What Every Provost Needs to Know About the Law,” Bellevue, Washington, July 27, 2018

College and University General Counsel Institute, Speaker, 2015

“Becoming a Provost” Academy, American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU)


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1973

M.A., Northwestern University, 1969

B.A., Stanford University, 1968



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