2006 Archive

International Alumni Circle Back to Boalt for Annual Gathering

Nearly 70 Boalt alumni from as far away as Sapporo, Japan and Thessalonica, Greece gathered July 14-16 for the annual meeting of the International Association of Boalt Alumni (IABA).

The weekend reunion, organized by Richard Buxbaum '53, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of International Law, and Herma Hill Kay, Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, featured a full program that included a gala banquet at the Berkeley Art Museum and a hike to Point Reyes. Faculty workshops featured presentations by Professor David Sklansky on the Supreme Court and the police, and Mel Eisenberg, Koret Professor of Law, on developments in the standards of conduct and review in corporate law.

The international alumni living and working abroad hailed from Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and Greece, among other locales. The event also marked the 50th anniversary of Boalt's participation in the Ford Foundation's International Legal Studies program, and several graduates who conducted post-graduate work overseas through the program were on hand to share their experiences.

Cymie Payne '97, associate director of the California Center for Environmental Law & Policy at Boalt, who lived abroad from 1999 to 2005 during her work for the United Nations Compensation Commission, was among the attendees at the IABA reunion. She called the weekend a wonderful success and praised Boalt's LL.M. program, which brings international lawyers to study at Boalt.

"I hope we will continue to find ways to involve Boalt's international practitioners in the life of the school," Payne said.