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New Home for Clinics

Berkeley Law celebrated its new clinical program offices with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 27. Thanks to a major gift from the Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation, the school’s three in-house clinics now share a modern, professional office suite for students, mentors, faculty, and staff. The renovated space features two large workrooms, several offices, and quiet meeting areas. The clinics previously operated in separate, overcrowded spaces. Alba Witkin attended the event and helped Dean Sujit Choudhry cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Robbins Collection Creates Student Award >>

The Robbins Collection, a leading international center for comparative legal and historical studies, has established the Lloyd McCullough Robbins Award for second- and third-year Berkeley Law students. To become eligible for the award, students need to submit an unpublished research paper on a comparative law or legal history topic of their choice by Jan. 31, 2015. Participants must include Robbins Collection holdings, or the Berkeley Law Library’s foreign, comparative, or international works, as source material for their research. More information about the new award is available here. (8/28/14)

Schraub Named First Darling Fellow >>

David Schraub has been named Berkeley Law’s Darling Fellow, a new annual fellowship funded by a major gift from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation. Schraub will spend a year at the law school and teach Constitutional Law this spring. A 2011 University of Chicago Law School high honors graduate, he taught Anti-Discrimination Law and Constitutional Law at the University of Illinois before clerking for U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diana Murphy. Schraub then joined Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He has authored several articles, including one in the California Law Review on “sticky slopes”—when social movements act to block, instead of enable, further policy goals. (8/18/14)

Taymor Explains US Corruption Law >>

Ken Taymor, executive director of the law school’s Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, participated in a recent ethics and governance education program for senior-level Indian government officials. The officials—responsible for making policy decisions in areas such as education, health, transportation, and energy—attended the program at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Taymor’s presentation, entitled “From Corruption to Good Governance: Are There Lessons from Abroad?” discussed key elements of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and described potential problem scenarios. (8/15/14)

Video: Christina Swarns of the NAACP

Christina Swarns is the director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Criminal Justice Project. She spoke on "Post-Racial America: The View from Death Row" at a recent Henderson Center Rutch Chance Lecture. Watch here »

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Disputes over German bonds issued during the Weimar era took decades to resolve, with some cases still in flux. In Back to the Past: Old German Bonds and New U. S. Litigation, Professor Richard Buxbaum follows the trail of these financial instruments and the legal tactics used to settle international claims.

Libraries are reluctant to digitize books whose copyright owners can’t be found, fearful of infringement lawsuits. While some argue for a legislative fix, clinic director Jennifer Urban writes that U.S. Copyright Law’s ‘fair use’ doctrine might offer a more flexible and less costly solution.

In "Land Recording and Copyright Reform," Professor Molly Van Houweling argues that copyright reformers can look to real property law as a model for reform. For example, she says the copyright system could be improved by incentivizing better record keeping, akin to U.S. land law.