2013 Berkeley Law Commencement

The Ceremony

School of Law (Berkeley Law)
Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Commencement will be held at the Hearst Greek Theatre

7:30 a.m. Graduates arrive at the School of Law and check-in to receive a name card. Please assemble at the fountain in Kroeber Plaza between the School of Law and Kroeber Hall directly across the street from Cafe Strada.
8:00 a.m. Gates open at the Hearst Greek Theatre for guest seating.
8:30 a.m. Processional leaves the Law School.
9:00 a.m.

Graduation ceremony begins.


Guest Speakers: David Boies and Ted Olson

David Boies

Referred to by the New York Times as "the lawyer that everyone wants," David Boies is perhaps America’s most acclaimed trial attorney.

Mr. Boies has represented clients in many of the nation's landmark cases, including Bush v. Gore, where he represented Vice President Al Gore in litigation surrounding the controversial 2000 presidential election; U.S. v. Microsoft Corp., where he represented the Department of Justice in its successful antitrust suit against Microsoft; and Perry v. Schwarzenegger,where, together with Ted Olson, he represented gay and lesbian couples to overturn California's ban on gay marriage.

Mr. Boies has been named Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer; Lawyer of the Year by The National Law Journal; and runner-up Person of the Year by Time magazine.

Mr. Boies served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee in 1978 and Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 1979.

Since 1997, Mr. Boies has been the Chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, a law firm with offices nationwide. Prior to 1997, Mr. Boies was a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Mr. Boies received a B.S. from Northwestern University (1964), an LL.B. magna cum laude from Yale University (1966), and an LL.M. from New York University (1967).

Theodore B. Olson

Ted Olson ('65) is one of Berkeley Law's most distinguished alumni and one of the nation's premier appellate advocates. He has argued 60 cases in the Supreme Court, prevailing in over 75 percent of those arguments.

Mr. Olson is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office. Previously, as Solicitor General, Mr. Olson was the Government's principal advocate at the U.S. Supreme Court. As Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, Mr. Olson was the Executive Branch's principal legal adviser.

He has twice been awarded the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the U.S. Department of Justice's highest award for public service and leadership. He also received the Department of Defense's highest civilian award for his advocacy in the courts of the United States, including the Supreme Court.

In 2011, Washingtonian magazine named him first on its list of the finest lawyers in the nation's capital. The late New York Times columnist William Safire described Mr. Olson as this generation's "most persuasive advocate" before the Supreme Court and "the most effective Solicitor General" in decades.

Mr. Olson received his law degree in 1965 from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he was a member of the California Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific.

Faculty Speaker: Kristen Holmquist

In addition to teaching Constitutional Law and Trusts and Estates, Professor Holmquist serves as the Director of Berkeley Law’s Academic Support Program and Associate Director of its Professional Skills Program.

After graduating from UCLA School of Law in 1996, Professor Holmquist clerked for Judge Robert Boochever of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then worked in private practice before returning to UCLA Law to serve as the Director of Academic Support. She speaks frequently on issues related to law school pedagogy and is currently on the executive board of the American Association of Law Schools' Academic Support Section. In this capacity, she has been a critical part of efforts at Berkeley and other top law schools to reconsider and reformulate the way students most effectively learn the law.

2013 law grads in regalia laughing and clapping at commencement

Tickets and Guests

Commencement is a ticketed event. Each graduating student will be allotted 12 tickets apiece (but you can ask for more if you need them). Students must pick up their tickets from the Office of Student Services by May 9, 2014.  Students away from Boalt for their final semester can contact Student Services at (510) 643-2744 for tickets. The capacity of the Greek Theatre is approximately 7,000 seats (although approximately 2,000 of those are lawn seats - guests sitting on the lawn should bring a blanket or towel). The Greek Theatre gates will open one hour before the ceremony and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The highest attendance for a law school commencement was just under 4,000 people, so please be assured that there will be plenty of seating for everyone.

Disability Accommodations

For wheelchair seating at the Greek Theatre, please email the Student Services Advisor at Boalt Hall, or call her at (510) 643-6354. The Student Services Advisor also serves as the contact person for any other disability accommodations (e.g.: sign-language interpretation). Advance notice is required.


You will be able to order your cap and gown, announcements, and diploma frames online. We will provide more information and details as the date approaches.  


The Greek Theatre is an outdoor venue and thus subject to the vagaries of the Bay Area's microclimates. Commencement is a rain-or-shine event, so please be prepared for meteorological contingencies. We recommend that audience members and graduates dress in layers and be prepared for varying weather. Check the weather before leaving your home at


We suggest that graduates and guests take public transportation or carpool if at all possible. Parking will otherwise be available for a fee at all campus parking lots, with the closest parking lots being Upper Hearst, Underhill, Foothill Lot and Bancroft.

Disabled persons with certified handicapped placards or license plates may park at no charge in disabled spaces.

Driving Directions

Driving directions to the law school and campus are available at


Guests are welcome to take photographs during the processional and ceremony as long as they do not block the walkways. Each graduating student will have his or her photo taken by a professional photography company twice during the ceremony. JD students should visit Student Services to fill out a name card. LLM students should visit the ADP office to complete their name card. Name cards will be returned to students at check-in tables at the Law School on the day of the ceremony. Graduates carry this card with them to the commencement ceremony and, during the ceremony, hand it to the faculty announcer. After the ceremony, the name cards are given to the photographers who will mail proofs within one week of the ceremony. 


At the graduation ceremony, graduates will receive a ceremonial scroll in lieu of an actual diploma. Approximately 4 months after your graduation date, you may obtain your diploma in person at the Office of the Registrar, 120 Sproul Hall, or you may request to have it mailed to you. Further information is available on the UC Registrar's website: .

Post-Graduation Reception

LOCATION: Boalt Hall courtyards and rooftop terrace

TIME: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Career Development

Graduates should be sure to complete the online employment survey before the end of spring semester. To reach the survey click and then, once you have signed into b-Line, click on the Graduate Employment Survey quick link on the homepage. This type of information helps us improve on the advice we give to alums and future and prospective students.  If you have encounter any difficulties in filling out the survey, please contact Marty Grenhart at:

Boalt treats this information as confidential releasing employment information only in an aggregate statistical format -- with no individual identifying information -- on its website and to national surveying entities such as, NALP, U.S. News and the American Bar Association.

For those of you still in the job market, please make an appointment to see one of our attorney-counselors -- we want to know the type of work you are looking for so we are watching for opportunities for you and we can work together on a plan to individually assist you in landing a position.

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