October 2010 eNews

October, 2010

Welcome Students! The eNews is the monthly newsletter for the alumni community. Beginning with this issue, it will now also be sent to students in an effort to further celebrate the achievements of the law school community, foster alumni and student relationships, and share highlights of student news and events.

Alumni Weekend Dean Edley is flanked by former deans Bob Berring '74, Jesse Choper, Herma Hill Kay, and Edward Halbach, as well as 2010 Class Campaign Chair Doug Wolf '70.

Alumni Weekend a Big Success
Boalt's annual alumni weekend was a rousing success! More than 600 alumni, students, faculty members and friends attended the Citation Award Dinner, Alumni Day and Class Reunion Celebrations. The Law School is grateful to all those who participated. Check out highlights from the weekend!

Alumni News Virginia Ettinger Phillips '82 Halts 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Judge PhillipsCalifornia district court judge Virginia Ettinger Phillips '82 recently declared unconstitutional the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law governing gay and bisexual members of the U.S. military. Her opinion described the law as a violation of First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and Fifth Amendment guarantees of substantive due process. Since 1993, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has restricted the military from efforts to discover closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members or applicants—while barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual individuals from military service because "it would create an unacceptable risk" to the military's "high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion."

Cloey Hewlett '79 Adds Excellence in Service Award to Her Honors

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) recently announced that Cloey Hewlett ’79 has won its annual Excellence in Service Award. The honor recognizes UC Berkeley alumni who have provided outstanding voluntary service to the CAA and/or the University.

A partner at the San Francisco office of Nossaman LLP, Hewlett will receive the award at the university's annual Charter Gala celebration on April 9, 2011.

Read more here.

A Conversation with John Burris

John Burris '73 discusses the Oscar Grant case for alumni and students on November 18 at Boalt Hall. In addition to hearing from John about his work, alumni can earn 1 hour of CLE, network with one another, and meet students. Register for the event here.

John Phillips '69 and Jason Snyder '02 Discuss the White House Fellow Program

More than 70 alumni and students learned about the White House Fellows Program, one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service, from commission chair John Phillips and program alum Jason Snyder. BHAA Board Member Mike Martinez ’78 and his firm Crowell & Moring very generously hosted this program for the DC Law School community.

For those wanting to volunteer their assistance for student and alumni career programs, including Boalt externships in DC, please contact the CDO Dean Terry Galligan at tgalligan@law.berkeley.edu.

Campaign for Boalt Hall Heyman Terrace Dedication Pays Tribute to Former Law Professor

heyman terrace dedication

Capping a busy day of Alumni Weekend festivities, members of the Berkeley Law community gathered October 2nd for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that unveiled the law school's sparkling new patio as the I. Michael Heyman Terrace.

Dean Edley spoke at the event along with Roy Eisenhardt '65 and Roderic Park, co-chairs of the I. Michael Heyman Project, which was launched to honor Heyman's distinguished record of service to the University of California, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the nation. The project was designed to fund the I. Michael Heyman Chair to support the work of a distinguished scholar, and to name the patio in his honor.

Read the full story and watch video of the dedication here.

For more information on this unique giving opportunity, please contact Bob Sproul at rsproul@law.berkeley.edu or 650.643.8170.

To make a gift, please click here and be sure to designate your donation to the I. Michael Heyman Project.

2010 Reunion Campaign Update

Financial aid, faculty recruitment and retention, student organizations, clinics and research centers, career services, building renovations—this is just a sampling of areas supported by money raised through the Boalt Hall Fund by this year's reunioning alumni.

If you are a member of these classes and haven't yet made your gift, please do so online here! The classes of 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, 1965, 1960, 1955 & 1950 have raised over $1.3 million for their reunion campaign, and there are still two critical months to go!

Gifts Matched for '06-'11 Grads and Students

The UCB Foundation will match gifts 1:1 for those alumni from classes 2010-2006. Graduating class of 2011 students will also have their gifts doubled!

The matching program began July 1 for all gifts up to $1,000. Act fast to make your gift as a limited amount of matching funds are available! Click here to make your gift online.

Bob Sproul to Head Boalt Advancement Efforts

Dean Edley has named Bob Sproul to serve as acting assistant dean of advancement. Sproul will work closely with the dean in moving forward the school's key development programs, and overseeing the $125 million Campaign for Boalt Hall through its completion.

"Bob brings great strengths from his past experience managing organizations in the marketing and communications area," says Edley. "During his time at Boalt, he has demonstrated great passion and energy in seeking to advance the school's fundraising agenda. We are fortunate to have someone with his talent and expertise."

School News
December 1 Deadline for Summer LL.M. Program Applications

Boalt is preparing for the third year of its innovative Summer LL.M. Program, where international students earn an LL.M. degree over the course of two consecutive 10-week summer terms. The application deadline for the 2011-2012 Summer Program is December 1st, and information on how to apply is available here.

The only accelerated LL.M. program of its kind is ideally suited for individuals who are already employed and able to take shorter leaves from their careers and home. The condensed but comprehensive curriculum offers students in-depth immersion into essential concepts of U.S. law, and allows graduates to meet the coursework requirements to sit for both the California and New York bar exams.

Sponsors Wanted for 1L Written and Oral Advocacy Course

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for our First Year Written & Oral Advocacy Course. We are looking for 12 law firms to act as sponsors for our 12 sections of Boalt's first year spring skills course—Written & Oral Advocacy (WOA). Each firm will be paired with a government law office or public interest group to sponsor a WOA section. Each section has 23-24 first year students.

Sponsors will be asked to mentor the students as they write, and prepare to argue, their first substantial legal argument. We'll be asking each sponsoring firm to host a reception for the students, give the students a chance to practice their arguments with a mentoring attorney, and help supply attorneys to hear the oral arguments here at Boalt. The course meets from mid-January to mid-April, with oral arguments scheduled for late March - mid-April.

We ask each sponsor to donate $10,000 to Boalt to help us offset the costs of our growing professional skills program.

We hope that this will be attractive to Bay Area law firms, as an opportunity to help mentor students, to help support the growth of professional skills at Boalt, and as a chance to get to know some of our first year students outside the traditional recruitment process.

To discuss this opportunity, please contact Professor David Oppenheimer, Director of Professional Skills, at 510-643-3225 or doppenheimer@law.berkeley.edu.

Event: Detention, Interrogation Torture and the Legal Profession

This symposium seeks to promote a clear, balanced understanding of the responsibilities of lawyers, the organized bar, and law students, for the foundational values of our legal system which are at stake in United States programs of national security.

Panelists include Bill Roller, Chair, Committee for Ethics and Professional Standards, International Assn. of Group Psychotherapy; Mark Danner, Professor of Journalism, U.C. Berkeley; Robert H. Cole, Professor of Law, Emeritus, Berkeley Law; and Jean Maria Arrigo, PhD, social psychologist, member of the American Psychological Association 2005 task force on ethical guidelines for psychologists in interrogations.

Cosponsored by Berkeley Law's Human Rights Center, the Henderson Center for Social Justice, and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, in partnership with the Berkeley Group Education Foundation.

For more information, please contact Nancy Donovan in the Dean's Office at ndonovan@law.berkeley.edu.

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Faculty NewsNew Edition of "Effective Depositions" Published

Lecturer Henry Hecht has published the second edition of his book "Effective Depositions." The book is a comprehensive, practical guide through every stage of the deposition process. It concisely covers the law of depositions and related discovery issues and gives you a clear, thorough understanding of the process and its practical challenges and pitfalls so that you—as either taker or defender—can make the best use of the opportunities the process offers.

Learn more about the book here.

Student Corner Class of 2011 Student Campaign Kickoff Party

Boalt Hall's graduating student campaign has a long history of strong giving participation and the program is one of the most respected in the nation. Students interested in volunteering for the campaign committee should contact Summer Staino at sstaino@law.berkeley.edu.
The Boalt Hall Alumni Association will host the official kickoff of the campaign at a party for students on Thursday, January 27, at the Bancroft Hotel.

As students consider their participation, please note that gifts will be matched 1:1 by the UCB Foundation. Gifts can be made as one-time contributions or multi-year pledges; and among other areas, may be directed to any Boalt student organization, journal, clinic or center. Just click here to learn more and make your gift.

The Graduating Class Gift Campaign is an important tradition and the Law School hopes that students will be inspired by their education and experience and will strive for 100% giving participation.

Ecology Law Quarterly (ELQ)

Ecology Law Quarterly cordially invites all interested alumni to our Fall Alumni Mixer! Please join current ELQ members, alumni, and Berkeley Law faculty for drinks and an update on all that ELQ has in store for its 40th Anniversary.

Date: Wednesday, November 10th
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Law Offices of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger
396 Hayes Street, San Francisco

Please RSVP to elq.development.director@gmail.comAsk the Archivist Can We Handle the Truth?

The Truth Newspaper

I was reminiscing last week with an old buddy from law school, and mentioned something about a student newspaper we had at Boalt called Pravda. He swears there was no such thing, that Dean Kadish would never have let us use the name of a communist newspaper. Who's right? A dinner at the French Laundry is riding on this.
- VL, Sebastapol

A: To paraphrase the immortal words of Neil Diamond as sung by Davy Jones, "You're a little bit wrong, he's a little bit right." Continue reading.

Got a question? Ask the Archivist: benemann@law.berkeley.edu

Donor Spotlight:
Rhonda Bennon '85

A few months ago, while flipping through emails, one stopped me in my tracks: "Boalt Class of 1985 — 25th Class Reunion."

Whoa! Twenty-five years, really? Really! That's a long time out of law school, but not too long to remember the Boalt Hall experience: the highs and the lows, the sublime and the ridiculous, but overall a rich, life-changing, positive experience.

Boalt's engaging professors, mesmerizing, could-spend-all-day-there library (even if it is built on a fault-line!), heavy smattering of unusual course offerings, great expectations from everyone, egalitarian atmosphere, and surprising number of wonderful human beings as classmates far out-weighed - especially in hindsight – the terror of first-year exams, the pressure of juggling reading several 5 lb casebooks at the same time, the zombie-like post-exam fatigue, pontificating fellow students, and cold coffee. And after25 years of knowing many lawyers who went to many other law schools, I am convinced that if you are going to go to law school, Boalt is by far the best choice.

All of us who went to Boalt are fortunate. No matter what paths our lives have taken, a Boalt education and our permanent status as Boalt alums has enhanced and marked our professional lives, and thus our whole lives. That is why, on the occasion of our class reunion, a gift to Boalt was due and appropriate.

The gift I made to Boalt this year was not just to give tangible acknowledgment to Boalt's contribution to and role in my life, but also to recognize and serve in memory of my friend Cheryl K. Nicholas '85, who passed away several months before our class reunion. Cheryl was one of our most vibrant class members – funny, erudite, deep, and whip-smart. Involved professionally and civically in environmental, land use, and preservation matters for many years, she also retained her keen interest in and awareness of the status of women in the law .

My class gift to Boalt was made in memory of Cheryl K. Nicholas, and directed in total to the Herma Hill Kay Summer Fellowship; I encourage members of the Class of 1985, and others who had the privilege of knowing Cheryl, to do the same.

In This Issue
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Upcoming Events

November 1, Discover Cal San Francisco: Oil Spill Aftermath

November 3, Discover Cal San Diego: Oil Spill Aftermath

November 4, Boalt and Haas Alumni Happy Hour, Seattle

November 8, Discover Cal Santa Monica: Oil Spill Aftermath

November 18, A Conversation with John Burris '73, Berkeley

November 20, Big Game Tailgate for Alumni and Students, Boalt Hall

December 3, State Bar Swearing-in Ceremony, Berkeley

December 8, Boalt+Haas Alumni happy hour, Santa Monica

Career Corner

Support for your career development doesn't end with graduation. The Career Development Office provides resources for alums, including access to the b-Line jobs database and individualized confidential career counseling: resume review, job search strategies, career exploration (including careers outside of law practice), and more. See the Alumni Resources page on the CDO website.


Seeking Alums in Litigation Boutiques (any location)
Many students are very interested in having informational interviews with attorneys practicing in these firms. Please contact the CDO if you would be willing to talk by phone with a student.

Is Your Resume Up-to-Date?
Even if you are not on the market for a job, it's good practice to keep your resume current. Contact Alumni Career Services for confidential resume advice and career information.

Professional Development Pods - Forming Now
Small groups will meet regularly to network, share tips and best practices and discuss job-search or career-advancement related topics. Groups may be sorted based on career interests, class year or location, depending on sign-ups. Members will commit to maintain confidentiality of discussions within the group. Contact Alumni Career Services to express interest and ask questions.

Boalt Solos and Small Firm Practitioners
November 10th, 6:00 p.m. Meeting at Heaven's Dog, 1148 Mission Street at 7th St., San Francisco (near Civic Center BART/MUNI station; free validated parking). Contact Alumni Career Services to RSVP and/or to be included in future mailings.

Check out these upcoming career-focused events:

Barristers Professional Development Week, BASF

November 1st: Words of Wisdom for New Attorneys

November 2nd: Words of Wisdom for Mid-Level Attorneys

November 3rd: Tips for Unemployed Attorneys and Attorneys in Transition
All programs held from 12:00 p.m.— 1:00 p.m. at the BASF Conference Center, San Francisco

No Glass Ceiling: Staying on Track Conference, BASF
November 10, 2010, 8:30 – 1:30 p.m., BASF Conference Center, San Francisco.

This is the third in a series of conferences that are part of the No Glass Ceiling: Breaking the Barriers 2010 initiative launch of new goals to advance the retention and promotion of women in the legal profession.

News and Updates

See the Career Corner website for other career-focused events and information for alums. Have an idea for a program? Interested in participating on a panel for students or alums? Contact the Career Development Office!

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Class Notes
Class Notes has been redesigned! Keep your fellow alums up-to-date with your important life changes by submitting a Class Note. To submit a class note, you will need to use your AlumNetwork ID and password. If you do not have your ID, email alumni@law.berkeley.edu. We'll publish your news on the web and/or the alumni magazine, Transcript. You can also browse current class notes here.
  • Paula Boggs '84
    Paula Boggs writes, "I just became a voting member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) in the vocalist, composer and producer categories."
  • Stuart Brotman '78
    Stuart N. Brotman writes, "I have been appointed by the Obama Administration to the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. The committee serves in an advisory capacity concerning major economic, social and legal issues and problems in international communications and information policy. These issues and problems involve users and providers of information and communication services, technology research and development, foreign industrial and regulatory policy, the activities of international organizations in communications and information, and developing country interests. The committee is comprised of senior-level officers of a broad range of companies and institutions that represent the communications and information technology industries, including manufacturers, service providers, software developers, trade associations, and academic institutions."
  • Joseph Hayes '84
    Joseph Hayes published the political thriller "When No One Is Watching" this month. In his new thriller, Hayes questions what it means to be truly successful. The book follows two friends, Blair Van Howe, a brilliant and charismatic politician who appears willing to sacrifice anything–including friendship and integrity–to advance his career, and Danny Moran, a struggling alcoholic desperately trying to put his life back together after losing everything. Against the backdrop of the rugged world of Chicago politics, ambition and corruption collide with ethics and integrity to reveal the true meaning of success.
  • Lindsay K. Kinneberg '07
    Lindsay K. Kinneberg, age 28, of St. Louis Park, cherished daughter, compassionate friend, loyal companion to her dog Louis, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 23 due to complications from Lyme Disease and its co-infections. Born September 19, 1981 in St. Louis Park, Lindsay attended St. Louis Park Senior High School (class of 2000), Grinnell College in Iowa (2004), and Berkeley Law (2007). Although Lindsay graduated, she could not take the bar and pursue her passion in Public Interest Law, for Lyme Disease had already invaded her body. Her friends would describe Lindsay as kind, caring, compassionate, silly, unassuming and she returned those feelings in her fierce and intense love for her family and friends. She fought Lyme Disease for over five years with her unusual intensity. After surrendering her spirit to her Savior, Lindsay has joined her beloved sister, Jennie in the kingdom of God, where they both left behind their broken earthly bodies, and now their souls are together again in the love and joy of Heaven. Preceded in death by her cherished sister, Jennifer Jean (Feb. 2010), grandparents, and cousin, Leah Katayama. Lindsay will be immensely missed but eternally loved by her parents, Michael & Teresa Kinneberg and her dear friends. Donations preferred to turnthecorner.org. (Lyme Disease advocacy).
  • Natalie Bush Lents '07
    Natalie Bush Lents '07 is joining Schnader Attorneys at Law's Litigation Services Department, in the San Francisco office. Prior to joining Schnader, Ms. Bush Lents served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leslie Tchaikovsky of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. She has also served as an extern to the Honorable Dennis Montali of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. Ms. Bush is a member of the State Bar of California.
  • F. Daniel Leventhal '81
    F. Daniel Leventhal currently lives and works in London (with a second office in San Francisco) and has been admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. Daniel is a partner in the the Financial Transactions Practice Group for Morrison & Foerster and continues to specialize in banking and finance matters with an emphasis on cross-border financings.
  • Nevenka H. Morris '75
    Nevenka H. Morris '75, although semi-retired, has been quite active as the successor trustee and executrix of a multimillion-dollar estate with foreign beneficiaries. Responsibilities have entailed managing, selling, terminating or donating, as appropriate, real properties, financial accounts, a collection of cars, pensions in various countries; and, of course, distributing the net proceeds. She has found the project to be most engaging because it has drawn on her education in law and languages, as well as her experience in real estate, finance, taxation, cross-cultures, problem-solving as well as resourcefulness. Her joie de vivre interests have taken her periodically to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Argentine tango-dancing.
  • Gayle Tiller '87
    Gayle Tiller '87 writes: Hi, I am the author of the suspense novel, "24 Hour Lottery Ticket." Dianne Canton is a lawyer whose life is in dire straits. She's lost her apartment and car. Dianne is living in her rundown office in downtown San Jose. When Emma Watkins knocks on her door, Dianne thinks she is a bill collector. Emma turns out to be a former judge who holds a $73 million lottery ticket that will expire in about 24 hours. Years ago, the media destroyed Emma and her family in a bitter recall election. Emma wants to stop the media from publicizing her name as the winner of the lottery. If Dianne wins Emma's case, her money troubles will be over. If Dianne loses, Emma will lose $73 million. For more information, visit http://www.24hourlotteryticket.com.

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