Herma Hill Kay is the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law and a former Dean of the school. Following law school, Herma was law clerk to Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court. She joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 1960 and received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 1962.
In 1998, the National Law Journal named Herma one of the 50 most influential female lawyers in the country and one of the eight most influential lawyers in Northern California. She has received many major awards, including the Society of American Law Teachers Teaching Award, the 1990 American Bar Foundation Research Award and the 1992 Margaret Brent Award to Women Lawyers of Distinction from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. In 2000 she was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society.
Herma is a past or present member of 12 different governing or advisory boards, including the Russell Sage Foundation, Equal Rights Advocates, Inc., Order of the Coif, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003 the Boalt Hall Alumni Association presented her with its first Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Citation Award Dinner.