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Elizabeth Cabraser ’78, 2008 Class Reunion Campaign Chair, Makes $3.78 Million Gift
Noting that she “owed everything to Boalt,” Elizabeth Cabraser ’78 pledged $3,780,350 to the law school this past May, bringing her total giving to $5 million.  Cabraser, chair of the 2008 Class Reunion Campaign and founding partner of the leading plaintiff’s firm of Lieff Cabraser Hermann & Bernstein in San Francisco, said in making the gift that “Boalt simply means everything to me.” Cabraser, who teaches the class action course at Boalt and has served as host and panelist at numerous law school events, received Boalt’s Citation Award in 2003. Thanks to Cabraser’s generous past support, Boalt established the Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professorship in 1999, a chair currently held by Professor Kathryn Abrams.

Lance Robbins ’72 Pledges First $1 Million Gift Under Hewlett Challenge
Lance Robbins ’72 made the first million dollar commitment in September 2007 under the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s landmark $113 million university-wide challenge match. The initiative, designed to help maintain the excellence of UC Berkeley’s distinguished faculty, provides support for endowing 100 faculty chairs in the campus’s schools and colleges. The Lance J. Robbins Endowed Chair in Criminal Justice will support the work of an eminent faculty member at Boalt, with a preference for scholarship in the field of criminal justice and related social policy.

Microsoft Corporation  donated $1 million to Boalt's renowned Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) to support frontier research by BCLT's brain trust of scholars in high-technology law and policy. The gift creates a unique partnership that will develop and analyze new research in this cutting-edge field. Microsoft plans to sponsor two BCLT faculty research projects each year and give BCLT scholars a yearly opportunity to discuss research interests with Microsoft experts in law and technology. Microsoft's donation also establishes a Microsoft Fellow in Law Technology, a program expected to attract young scholars to work with faculty in such areas as spyware, information privacy, intellectual property and antitrust in dynamic industries.

Professors Pamela Samuelson and Robert Glushko pledged an additional $1 million to Boalt's Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, the groundbreaking training and advocacy program that they established in 2001 with a $2 million gift. The first clinic of its kind in the country, the Samuelson Clinic provides students hands-on training while representing the public interest in the rapidly changing field of technology law. Operating much like a practice group in a law firm, the Samuelson Clinic represents consumer interests in intellectual property, communications regulation and privacy issues. Samuelson, who was named a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellow in 1997, holds joint appointments at Boalt and the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS); her husband, Glushko, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who co-founded three companies in the 1990s, serves as an adjunct professor at SIMS. Both Samuelson and Glushko have graciously agreed to serve on the cabinet for the Campaign for Boalt Hall.

Werner '53 and Mimi Wolfen established a $1 million endowment that enables a distinguished member of the Boalt faculty to devote a semester to research, away from day-to-day teaching responsibilities. The newly created Werner and Mimi Wolfen Research Professorship not only enhances the law school's research capacity, but also honors a renowned scholar for past and projected accomplishments. Wolfen, a senior partner emeritus at the Los Angeles firm of Irell & Manella, and his wife, Mimi, have demonstrated great leadership to Boalt Hall and currently serve on the cabinet for the Campaign for Boalt Hall. The first recipient of the Wolfen Research Professorship is Professor Franklin Zimring, a nationally recognized criminologist who serves as Boalt's William G. Simon Professor of Law. Zimring plans to complete his major investigation of the sharp decline in U.S. crime rates during the 1990s with a book, The Great American Crime Decline, to be published in 2006 by Oxford University Press.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $400,000 grant to support a major educational research and policy initiative at Boalt's new Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity. The award will fund a two-year study of the impact and implications of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the sweeping federal education reform measure of 2001. The research project, headed by Dean Christopher Edley, aims to develop policy proposals to improve graduation rates and other educational outcomes for all students, and particularly for minority and disadvantaged youth. The Gates grant represented the first substantial investment for the Berkeley-based think tank.

Koret Foundation granted $250,000 to help launch the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE), the new hub at Boalt dedicated to cutting-edge research and teaching on the impact of law on business and the U.S. and global economies. BCLBE's mission embraces training the next generations of leaders in business and business law, and addressing the most pressing problems of practice and policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. Koret's award also provides support for a forthcoming multidisciplinary conference that will rigorously explore the No Child Left Behind Act.

Rosenberg Foundation gave a $300,000 grant over the next three years to assist a multidisciplinary project "Rethinking Rodriguez: Education as a Fundamental Right" at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity. This initiative is conducting research and policy development to establish access to a quality kindergarten through 12th grade education as a fundamental legal right within the United States. The project, which includes a forthcoming symposium, will commission research and research-based policy papers that aim to deepen the knowledge base about educational adequacy and equity. The research findings will be disseminated to researchers, policymakers, lawyers and others on the front lines of education law and policy reform. The project is co-directed by Assistant Professor Goodwin Liu and Dean Christopher Edley.