Professor Perschbacher joined the King Hall community as a Professor of Law in 1981. His scholarship focused on Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility and Clinical Legal Education. He received the law school’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992, and a Special Citation Affirmative Action and Diversity Achievement Award in 2001. He held the Daniel J. Dykstra Endowed Chair, and was Director of Clinical Legal Education, before he retired in 2016.
He was Dean of UC Davis School of Law from 1998-2008, during which time he grew and diversified the faculty and devised an ambitious, ultimately successful plan to renovate and expand King Hall. Construction on the project, begun while he was Dean in 2007, was completed in 2010.