November 2010 eNews
A Conversation with John Burris
John will discuss his career as a leading plaintiff's civil rights attorney, including his recent representation of the family of Oscar Grant—a young man killed by BART police on New Year's Eve. He will provide insights into client management, settlement negotiation, the rules of evidence, and much more. Joseph Goldstein-Breyer '11, former editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law will introduce John. An alumni and student reception with light refreshments follows the talk. Advance RSVP is kindly requested. Simply RSVP by November 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This special event is co-sponsored by the Boalt Hall Alumni Association and the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law.
California Swearing-in Ceremony with Chuck Breyer '66, Thelton Henderson '62 and Willy Fletcher
Dean Edley and BHAA President Holly Fujie ’78 invite Law School grads back to Boalt Hall on Friday, December 4, for the annual California State Bar Swearing-in Ceremony. Officiants include Charles Breyer ’66, Judge, U.S. District Court ; Thelton Henderson ’62, Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District; and William Fletcher, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Click here for more information and to RSVP.Nominations for the Alumni Association's Board of Directors
Click here to nominate yourself or a fellow graduate for the Boalt Hall Alumni Association's Board of Directors. Members serve a three-year term and assist the law school with fundraising and alumni programs. Nominations are ongoing, and candidates will begin their term on July 1.Celebrating Alumni and Faculty Achievements
Elizabeth Cabraser '78. Larry Sonsini '66. Kathryn Werdegar '62. Jesse Choper. Mallun Yen '95. What do these alums and faculty members have in common? All have been recognized with honors from the Boalt Hall Alumni Association. Please consider nominating law school superstars for the annual BHAA Citation, Faculty Lifetime Achievement, and Young Alumni Awards. Nominations can be made online here and recipients will be recognized at the 50th Annual Citation Award Dinner on September 30, 2011.
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Boalt Annual Report Coming Soon
Keep an eye on your mailbox for Boalt Hall's Annual Report of Philanthropy, which will arrive later this month. As always, the annual report provides a special opportunity to thank our remarkable alumni and friends for supporting the law school. But this year's version also features a detailed summary of Boalt's fiscal operation, including where our funding comes from and how it's allocated, a trajectory of philanthropy over the past decade, and how Boalt's endowment compares to its competitors. In addition, the publication presents a timely update on the Campaign for Boalt Hall and its core priorities: faculty recruitment and retention, financial aid, centers and clinics, academic programs, construction and renovation, and unrestricted and planned giving.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Supreme Court will be one of three distinguished jurists presiding over the James Patterson McBaine Honors Competition, Boalt Hall's venerable moot court competition. Alumni, students and friends are invited to attend the competition that will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 2, at UC Berkeley's Benjamin Ide Wheeler Auditorium. More information, including how to register, will be available soon and posted online here.
New Building Taking Shape
The glass for the massive skylight that will span the old law building and the new has arrived. As I write this, a giant crane is lowering massive panes of really shiny glass and workers are securing them into the metal framing. The delivery system is impressive — the huge slabs of glass are held in place by a giant suction cup mechanism that is attached to cables on the crane. In addition, the elevators will be working soon, the beautiful limestone wall is going into the new reading room, and the stairway to the lower levels is just about completed.
The new classrooms (and of greatest interest to all of you, the hallway on the first floor) are still slated to open for classes in January. This new hallway's debut is likely to have a transformative effect on your daily life. First and foremost, you won't have to go up the staircase and back down again to get to the other side of the classroom floor. (my prediction is you will all gain weight from the reduction in aerobic activity). This new, wide hallway (2Ls and 3Ls will recall the former extremely narrow corridor that ran east to west, where each time a class emptied out one risked being hit by a heavy door opening into the hallway) will link all but four of the classrooms in the law school. All lockers will be either next to the first-floor classrooms or in the hallway on the West Terrace level. By the end of April we are hoping that the new cafe spaces (also on the first floor in the new addition) will be open and ready for business as well.
I know the job site looks like a big mess right now, with equipment, building materials and about 100 workers scattered every which way, but the project is moving along well.
Watch the progress on our live construction cam here.
Business Law Certificate Program Now Available to LL.M. Students
LL.M. students at Boalt may now pursue the school’s new Business Law LL.M. Certificate Program. This initiative enables such students gain recognition for completing of a course of study to help prepare them for professional practice as legal advisors to businesses, business-oriented NGOs, and government entities.
The curricular program requires students to develop a broad background in fundamental areas of business law, giving them expertise and a foundation for professional practice. Students who meet the program requirements will be awarded an LL.M. Certificate of Specialization in Business Law at graduation. Read more here.
Judge Vaughn Walker to Co-Teach New Class in Spring
Judge Vaughn Walker, who in August ruled that California’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, will co-teach a new course at Boalt next semester. Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Walker will team with visiting professor Francis McGovern from Duke University of School of Law for a three-credit class entitled "Strategic Decisionmaking in Aggregate and Complex Litigation."
To identify and address the strategic dilemmas that arise during complex litigation, the course will use a mix of lecture, discussion, and problem-solving methodologies. Students will be asked to focus on specific substantive and procedural aspects of recent pending litigation, and to assume roles in that litigation in order to apply decision-making tools in a realistic setting. Read more here.
A: A: One of the things we try to do around here is document student life — the good, the bad and the unprintable. Boalt Hall holiday carols are some of the fun stuff. How about one to the tune of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" that goes: "O come all ye students, innocent and trusting." Continue reading.
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