November 2010 eNews

November, 2010

Alumni News 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

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.

Join Boalt's Social Network!

All law school graduates are invited to join AlumNetwork. Just email for your security ID, then visit AlumNetwork here to activate your profile. The online community includes: a directory of alumni, Class Notes, your own personal profile, alumni/ae profiles, events and registration, and more....

And be sure to join our other groups: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. LinkedIn is a great resource for referrals, job listings and career development advice from Robert White, Boalt's director of alumni career services.

Share Your News with the Boalt Hall Student and Alumni Community!

Broadcast your personal and professional accomplishments by posting a class note. Your news will be published on the alumni web site and in the monthly eNews. Just click here to write your note.

Campaign for Boalt Hall Boalt Annual Report Coming Soon

Annual Report Cover

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.

School News
The McBaine Moot Court Competition Welcomes Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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

Associate Dean Kathleen Vanden Heuvel has been keeping the Boalt community abreast of all the construction happening at the school. Here is her latest update.

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.

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Ask the Archivist Legal Wassailing

Q: Now that the holiday season has rolled around again, I'm remembering a tradition we had as law students. The upperclassmen would barge into 1L lectures around this time of year, singing Christmas carols that had special Boalt Hall lyrics to them. By any chance, do you have any copies?
- OSN, Santa Rosa

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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Upcoming Events

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

November 20, CLR Tailgate for Alumni and Students, Berkeley

December 3, State Bar Swearing-in Ceremony, Berkeley

December 8, Boalt+Haas Alumni Happy Hour, Santa Monica

Save the Date! January 5, Alumni, Student, and Faculty Reception, San Francisco

IABA Meeting 2011 - London
The International Association of Boalt Alumni (IABA) is holding its annual general assembly and yearly social event for Boalt alumni in London from June 17 – June 19, 2011. As an innovation, we are inviting alumni from Haas School of Business and Administration to join. An academic session on June 17 will deal with legal, business and regulatory issues in connection with the economic crisis and banking regulation.

For information contact:
Ana Penteado LL.M. '97 (organization)

Jean-Claude Werz LL.M. '83 (Secretary IABA)

Aimé Mandel JD '73 (President IABA)

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.


B-Line Job Board Postings for Alums:
Legal Counsel, Zazzle, Redwood City

Attorney-Adviser (labor law), Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (entry-level)

Criminal Defense Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Access b-Line from the CDO website for more details and additional listings. Email for a password. And if your organization or firm is hiring please let us know!

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.

Check out these upcoming career-focused events:

Introduction to Family Law Training – BASF Volunteer Legal Services Program
November 17, 2010, 4:00p.m. – 5:30 p.m., BASF Conference Center, San Francisco Free MCLE course and opportunity for hands-on volunteer experience.

News and Updates

Meet the New U.S. Attorney for the Northern District – Melinda Haag ('87)
November 30, 2010, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., BASF Conference Center, San Francisco.

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 We'll publish your news on the web and/or the alumni magazine, Transcript. You can also browse current class notes here.
  • Eugene Pak '93
    Eugene M. Pak has joined Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP as a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Pak joins the firm from DLA Piper in San Francisco with more than 15 years of IP and litigation experience.
  • Stephen Raucher '92
    Stephen Raucher was sworn in as President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association on September 28, 2010. The keynote speaker at the Installation Dinner was Andre Birotte, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. The Beverly Hills Bar Association has over 3,500 members, serving the Westside of Los Angeles and beyond. Steve practices business litigation at Reuben Raucher & Blum.

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