Ms. Kassi Berg
Ms. Kassi Berg received an honorary fellowship for undergraduate study at Cambridge University, England and thereafter, earned her undergraduate degree, with the highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and studied international law at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.
Ms. Berg worked as a senior litigator at several large law firms specializing in corporate law in both New York City at Kaye, Scholer, Hays and Handler and in San Francisco at Carroll Burdock & McDonough.
She also clerked in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and served as a trial lawyer at the Federal Defenders’ Office in San Diego where she represented thousands of defendants in the Southern District of California from initial arraignment through trial, including vertical representation to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Berg came to the Republic of Palau as the Senior Legislative Counsel to Palau’s National Congress where she was chief legislative drafter and lead counsel to the Judiciary and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Resources and Commerce and Trade Development Committee. She later became a private consultant and policy analyst on projects funded by the United Nations and on behalf of foreign governments dedicated to providing assistance to the Pacific.
During her decade in the Pacific region, Ms. Berg also invested in private industry and became an accomplished business owner. She is the executive producer of a film production company that has produced segments for PBS, BBC, NHK, Discovery, National Geographic, NBC, CNN, and GMA-7 and also co-founded the first Pacific island television station in the region, Oceania Television Network, dedicated to the broadcasting of Pacific island content.
Ms. Berg is an officer and founding member of the non-profit organization, the Pacific Endowment for Art Culture and Environment (“PEACE”), focusing on the preservation of island cultures in the Pacific as well as its ocean and ecosystem. For more than 15 years, Ms. Berg has been an active member of the American Philatelic Association and is a lifetime member of the Cambridge University Union. In 2016, Ms. Berg was elected to the Board of Directors of Palau’s Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Berg is licensed to practice law in the Republic of Palau, New York, California, and Washington, D.C.
Former Panel Attorney, Legal Defense Fund for Peace Officer’s Association of California, an organization representing more than 55,000 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers.
Lecturer: Criminal Justice Act Seminar for Southern District of California.
Published Opinion: U.S. v. Cepada, 29 F. 3d 1378 (9th. Cir. 1994).
2015, Producer, SGP/GEF and New Zealand North Pacific Development Fund Grant, 3-D Film on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
2013, Producer, Climate Change Documentary, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Strengthening Democracy to Mitigate The Effects of Climate Change.
2011 and 2009, UNESCO Grant Recipient, Development and Expansion of Television in Micronesia.
2006, Panelist, United States Department of Interior, Pacific Opportunities Panel, Hawaii.
2006, Instructor, PBS Producers’ Academy, KGTF Public Broadcasting, Territory Guam.