BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ A Harvard University law professor has been tapped to become dean of the University of California, Berkeley law school, university officials said.

Christopher Edley, who has taught at Harvard since 1981, will assume the post no later than July 1, 2004, Berkeley spokeswoman Marie Felde said Wednesday.

Boalt has been searching for a permanent dean since last fall, after John P. Dwyer resigned following an allegation of sexual harassment.

Edley is also a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton and director of the White House Review of Affirmative Action, where he was chief architect of Clinton's so-called ``Mend it, don't end it'' affirmative action policy.