Past Events

Managing Tax Audits and Appeals

October 17-18, 2013
San Francisco, CA 
Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for up to 10 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. 

In collaboration with Crowell & Moring, this two day seminar discussed issues that impact the tax audit process. Designed for those with an interest in tax controversies, this seminar enabled corporate and tax executives to expand their knowledge of key features of the audit process and to focus on opportunities to improve an audit’s outcome through proper management at the early stages and during the administrative appeals process. The focus was on current developments in the audit and appeals process.

Speakers included attorneys from Crowell & Moring, government representatives, and academics who addressed emerging issues relating to National Appeals Office developments, large case audits, transfer pricing audits, and recent legislative changes relating to tax procedure and administration.

The event was chaired by Harold J. Heltzer, formerly with the Treasury Department and the Department of Justice. Speakers included Jozel Brunett, Chief Counsel of the State of California Franchise Tax Board, and Nancy Bronson, International Territory Manager of the IRS.

UC Berkeley Law Prof. David Gamage spoke on issues relating to the Affordable Care Act, and Prof. Mark Gergen addressed partnership tax matters.

Please click here for a full agenda.


Smart Course Planning: What to Take in Business Law and Why

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Boalt Hall 105; 12:45 - 1:45 pm
Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Business Law Journal

 BCLBE held an information session about the business law courses at Berkeley Law presented by Ken TaymorEric Talley and other business law faculty. The session previewed the Spring 2014 classes and highlighted new course offerings. This was an opportunity for students to learn how business law courses meet their interests and prepare them for professional practice, whether in a firm, government or NGO position. The program also reviewed the Business Law Certificate requirements.


Is Venture Finance in China Possible?

Wednesday October 2, 2013
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 - 1:45 pm
Arman Zand, SPD Silicon Valley Bank
Co-sponsored with the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and with the Center for Chinese Studies

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In 2013, China had taken steps to liberalize restrictions on interest rates, a move that may have signified serious reform in its inefficient financial system and a more rational allocation of capital. The reform already included efforts to increase lending to the private sector and venture business. At this event, Arman Zand, Head of Technology and Finance at SPD Silicon Valley Bank in Shanghai, analyzed these challenges and opportunities, while also exploring some of the highs and lows of doing business in a fluctuating economic and social environment.


Alumni Reunion

September 27-29, 2013

BCLBE hosted a panel assessing the dramatic change in business law that reflects significant new regulations, standards, laws, and conventions that have emerged in response to the financial and economic crises of the first decade of the 21st Century. 

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Banking Law Fundamentals

September 23-25, 2013
International House
Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for up to 18 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. 

The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy was pleased to announce its sponsorship of Banking Law Fundamentals. This program provided a comprehensive, 2-1/2 day introduction to banking law for attorneys, consultants, regulators, and bank professionals who intended to work in the field. It was also a refresher course for experienced banking law practitioners whose practice has not provided an opportunity for the broad exposure that this course offers. The program also delved into how the Dodd-Frank Act, the most significant piece of banking legislation since the Great Depression, affects the regulation and activities of banking organizations, and covered a number of Dodd-Frank-related topics including regulation of systemically important financial institutions, capital requirements, mortgage- and other asset-backed securitizations, and swaps, derivatives, and hedging. This program included a 90-minute segment on ethical considerations in the representation of banking organizations. 

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Change in Financial Services Regulation?  You Can Bank on It!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Boalt Hall 141; 12:45 - 1:45 pm
Karol Sparks, Barack Ferrazzano
Sara Kelsey, Law Office of Sara A. Kelsey
Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Business Law Journal

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In this lunchtime program for students, Ms. Sparks and Ms. Kelsey drew on their careers in counseling financial services companies to provide an introduction to the opportunities and challenges of practice in this dynamic field. They discussed how financial services regulation is ever evolving and the impact this constant of change has had on their careers. This was an excellent opportunity for students to learn about an industry and government regulation that permeates business law practice, inevitably impacts their private lives (as consumers and borrowers) and offers great career opportunities.


The Economic Value of a Law Degree

Thursday, September 12, 2013 
Boalt Hall 110; 12:45 - 1:45 pm 
Michael Simkovic, Seton Hall University School of Law
Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Business Law Journal

How much is a law degree worth? Prof. Simkovic presented his research into the market value of a law degree. His study, co-authored with Frank McIntyre, is one of the first to examine the issue since the financial crisis. Through US Census data and statistical techniques from labor economics, Simkovic presented his conclusions on the average lifetime earnings of a law degree compared to a bachelor's degree. Simkovic’s methods have generated significant controversy, and an ongoing battle in the press and the academy.

Simkovic's paper is available here, and the powerpoint presentation from the American Law & Economics Association Conference is available here. The debate between Simkovic & McIntyre and their critics can be followed on Brian Leiter's Law School Reports.