June 2010 eNews


June, 2010

Alumni Photos International Alumni Reunion

International alumni and friends recently gathered in Zurich, Switzerland for the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Boalt Alumni (IABA). Professor Dick Buxbaum and Dean for Development & Alumni Relations Anders Yang shared the latest news from Boalt Hall. Special thanks to Jean-Claude Werz '83, Paul Peyrot, Jutta Strehlow '86 and Aime Mandel '73 for their leadership of this year's IABA reunion program. Plans are already underway for next summer's gathering in London.

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Alumni News Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Inducts Penny Cooper ’64, Cris Arguedas

Penny Cooper ’64 and Cris Arguedas, who teamed up to form one of the nation’s top criminal defense firms, were recently inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar’s Litigation Section. The award, presented to them jointly at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, is given annually to exceptional trial lawyers whose careers exemplify the highest of values and professional attainment.

“The work we did together was enlivening, fantastic, and at times pioneering,” says Cooper. “We were the first women defense lawyers to try a major white-collar crime case, and engaged in a number of other memorable cases. Receiving this honor together made it that much more meaningful.” Read more here.

James McManis ’67 Tapped by Trial Lawyers Group 

The International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) has elected James McManis ’67 to its executive committee as Secretary of International Relations, and also named him chair of its China Program starting in 2011.

As Secretary of International Relations, McManis is charged with expanding IATL’s international roster of fellows—who hail from 36 nations. A founding partner of McManis Faulkner in San Jose, he has been serving as vice-chair of the China Program, which promotes the rule of law in China as well as American-Chinese relations. Read more here.

Upcoming ABA Meeting Activities in San Francisco

For alumni and friends attending this summer's ABA meeting in San Francisco, please save the date of Friday, August 6, for an evening social with Dean Edley, faculty, students and fellow classmates. Michael Kass '90 has graciously agreed to host the Boalt gathering at his firm, Pillsbury Winthrop, just a few blocks from ABA conference headquarters.  Kindly RSVP in advance by clicking here.

On Sunday, August 8, Campaign for Boalt Hall Co-Chair Elizabeth Cabraser '78 will be honored by the ABA with the 2010 Margaret Brent Award.  The achievement award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Since special seating is being arranged for Boalt Hall graduates, please let the Alumni Center know if you plan to attend by emailing alumni@law.berkeley.edu.

Cal Football News

Boalt Hall alumni are invited to Memorial Stadium for a great season of Cal Football. The 2010 season will be the last in the historic stadium before its renovation.  Discounted tickets will be available to Boalt alums beginning July 21 for games against UC Davis, Colorado, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington.

For alums in New York, viewing parties will be held throughout the season at The Australian Bar in Midtown Manhattan and Pacific Standard in Park Slope Brooklyn.  If interested in helping with a tailgate in your local area, please contact the Alumni Center by emailing alumni@law.berkeley.edu.

Reflections of a Boalt Grad

SerotaMichael Serota '10 wrote the following article for the Daily Journal upon his graduation from Boalt Hall in May:

"This last Friday, my fellow Berkeley Law School classmates and I stepped across the stage at Berkeley's famed venue, the Greek Theatre, where rock-and-roll legends such as Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead have once played. We weren't wielding guitars, though; instead, we receiveded our diplomas. Although our futures are less than certain because of the fragile state of the economy and the legal market, one thing is clear: we had a special opportunity that many of our peers at other law schools did not have. We shattered the stereotypes perpetuated about Berkeley and about law school."

Read more here.

Campaign for Boalt Hall 2010 Reunion Campaign

The Alumni Center would like to extend our sincere thanks to the many outstanding alumni who are serving on their class reunion committees.  Let's hear it for our incredible volunteers!

National Co-Chairs
Doug Wolf '70
Fred Gregory '65

2005 – 5th Reunion
Hartwell Harris (Co-Chair)
David Ismay (Co-Chair)
Rachel Anderson
Nimrod “Nimi” Aviad
Ritu Bhatnagar
Michael Bracamontes
Andrea Fitanides
Jill Jones
Michelle Lyu
Enrique Monagas
Minh Ngo
Javier Rivera
Noah Rosenthal
Rishi Sharma
Monali Sheth
Patricia Svilik
Anita Zerounian

2000 – 10th Reunion
Scott Birkey (Co-Chair)
Warren Bleeker (Co-Chair)
David Friedman
Jennifer Frolik
Brian Glennon
Liv Hassett
Michelle Kane
Michael Murphy
Richard Welsh

1995 – 15th Reunion
Mario Barnes (Chair)
Stephanie Deaner
John Douglas
Matt Forsyth
Nicole Harris
Terence Hawley
Jessica Karner
Jessica Lanning
Jennifer Rodgers
Stephanie Skaff
Eric Tate

1990 – 20th Reunion
Allan Marks (Co-Chair)
Thomas Counts
Stacey Giamalis
Michael Kass
Kim Thompson

1980 – 30th Reunion
Carl Douglas
Maria Echaveste
Robert Enholm
Victoria Enholm
Judge Kelvin Filer
Joel Goldman

1975 – 35th Reunion
Jo Brooks
Tom Duffy
Paul Hall
Sam Miller
Perry Mocciaro
Chuck Pereyra-Suarez
Bonnie Sun

1970 – 40th Reunion
Carl Stoney (Co-Chair)
Len Unger (Co-Chair)
Les Klinger
Malcolm Mackenzie
Sheila Meer
Neal Roberts
Tom Salinger
Lee van Boven
Larry Volmert

1965 – 45th Reunion
John Bartko
Jerry Falk
Tony Glassman
Stu Gordon
David Gould
Richard Hirsch
Joe Miller
Burton Stanley
Bill Trautman
Judge Brian Van Camp

1960 – 50th Reunion
Tom Hammer (Chair)
Jack Adler
Arnold Laub
Howard Wiggins

1955 – 55th Reunion
Larry Horan
Herb Moore

1950 – 60th Reunion
Bordon Price

And congratulations to all of our alumni celebrating a reunion this year... we've now passed the $1 million mark for the 2010 Reunion Campaign with over 15 percent participation!  This is an exciting beginning to what is certain to be a successful year.

Check out class fun facts, donor honor rolls, alumni rosters, and all things reunion here.

Reunions will be celebrated at Alumni Weekend on October 2nd. If you graduated in a year ending in 0 or 5 and would like to learn more about how to get involved with your class campaign, please contact Summer Staino at 510.642.9045 or sstaino@law.berkeley.edu.

School News
Update from Dean Christopher Edley, Jr.

Dear Alumni and Friends:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair … some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

—Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Indeed, it’s been an extraordinary year by any standard. The budget pressures are greater than at any time in my six-year tenure, but we forge ahead with a balance of fiscal restraint and focused investments. As I write this, students are recovering from exams, the faculty are attacking the footnote deficit that afflicts Western Civilization, and our construction teams are happily engaged in unrestrained and deafening building and reconstruction. And just this week, we concluded that we really do have enough offices for all the great faculty we’ve managed to hire.

Let me begin with Boalt's response to the recession and the consequent downturn in state funding for the University, alumni contributions, and the job market for students.

Click here to continue reading this letter.

Professor Emeritus and Prominent Scholar Philip Selznick Dies at 91

Philip Selznick, professor emeritus of law and sociology at UC Berkeley and a renowned expert in the sociology of both law and organizations, died on Saturday, June 12. He was 91.

A founder of the institutional perspective in organization theory, Selznick developed a new scholarly approach which combined traditional jurisprudence elements concerning the aims and nature of law with social science understandings of organizational dynamics and constraints. Read more here.

New Transcript Magazine is Out

Transcript coverOur alumni magazine, Transcript, should have landed in your mailbox by now. But if you haven't yet seen a copy, you can view it online too. This issue looks at UC Berkeley’s renowned Human Rights Center, which just joined forces with Boalt Hall, and its high-tech, high-risk research in the Central African Republic. The issue also features articles on ace litigator and culinary connoisseur Stu Gordon ’65, an eye-popping Q&A with Professor Jonathan Simon ’87 on the growing crisis within California’s prison system, and a look at the Boalt initiative to honor I. Michael Heyman’s half-century of service. You can find it here.

>> Read more school news

Faculty In the NewsBoalt Professor Rachel F. Moran Named UCLA Law Dean

Rachel F. Moran, a Boalt faculty member since 1983, has been selected as the new dean at UCLA School of Law. When she begins her new role on October 15, Moran will become the first Latina dean of a top 20-rated U.S. law school. Read more here.

>> Read more "In the News"

Ask the Archivist Whither the Boalt Lot Houses?

Q: There used to be two cute little Victorian houses on the Boalt Hall parking lot. When I was over there the other day, they were both gone. What happened to them? - WCJ, Oakland

A: The two houses at 2241 and 2243 were among the last reminders that College Avenue (once known as Audubon Street) used to extend beyond Bancroft Way, winding among the trees that graced the southeast corner of the campus. Continue reading.


In This Issue
Support Boalt

Last Chance to Make End-of-Fiscal Year Gift and Qualify for 3:1 New Alumni Challenge Match

Boalt Hall’s fiscal year closes on June 30th. Please make your gift to the Boalt Hall Fund today at give.law.berkeley.edu or by calling 510-642-7574. We're counting on your support.

Also Wednesday, the 3:1 match ends for alumni who graduated between 2005 and 2010. This unprecedented match, provided by the UC Foundation Board of Trustees, is a great way to make a huge impact with your gift. Special note to the Class of 2005, all gifts will count toward your reunion totals!

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Upcoming Events

Connect with alumni and students this summer!

July 15, Alumni Happy Hour, Washington D.C.
July 22, Boalt-Haas Alumni and Student Happy Hour, New York City
July 29, Alumni and Student Reception with Dean Edley, Sacramento
August 6, Boalt Alumni Reception with Dean Edley at the ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco

Save the dates for these fall gatherings!

September 25, Alumni Reception at the CA State Bar Annual Meeting, Monterey
October 1, Citation Award Dinner, San Francisco
October 2, Alumni Weekend, Boalt Hall
December 3, State Bar Swearing-In Ceremony, Boalt Hall

Career Corner


Boalt Solo Practitioners
Would you be interested in participating in a regular circle of solo practitioners to network, discuss common issues and socialize with other alums? Contact Alumni Career Services to be included.

Wanted: Small - Medium Firm Attorneys for Mock Interviews, Panelists and for Informational Interviews
Email the Career Development Office to sign up.

Summer Reading Picks
Visit the Career Corner website for recommended reading for job-seekers, growing your practice and your legal skills, or just for fun.

Check out these upcoming career-focused events:

Partnership for Public Service 8th Annual Public Service Career & Internship Fair
July 14, 2010, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC.

Barristers Club 2nd Annual Diversity Reception
July 21, 2010, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., BASF Conference Center, San Francisco

ABA Annual Meeting and Law Student Division Career Fair
August 6, 2010, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., San Francisco. Click here for more information and registration.

Boalt Boot Camp for Aspiring Law Professors

August 13, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., location TBD. See the CDO events calendar for more details or contact Professor Melissa Murray, mmurray@law.berkeley.edu.

News and Updates

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 alumni@law.berkeley.edu. We'll publish your news on the web and/or the alumni magazine, Transcript. You can also browse current class notes here.

  • Kelvin Filer '80
    The Honorable Kelvin Filer was humbled, honored and proud to be included in the initial class of inductees for the new " Alumni Hall of Fame" at his high school alma mater - Compton Sr. High School. He was a graduate from Compton High in 1973. The induction ceremony was June 3, 2010. 
  • S. Leonard Scheff '59
    Very shortly S. Leonard Scheff will have a book published called "The Cow in the Parking Lot, A Zen Approach to overcoming Anger". His co author is Susan Edmiston. It is the start of at least an avocation in his 50th year of practicing law. The book appears to be off to an exciting start. It now has been licensed for a Chinese and a German edition. The publisher believes that it will be translated into perhaps 15 languages. 

  • Constance de la Vega '78
    The US Supreme Court cited Constance de la Vega's law review article and an amicus curiae brief I submitted in Graham v. Florida on 17 May 2010. The Court held that life sentences without the possibility of parole for offenders under the age of 18 are unconstitutional when no homicide is committed. The law review and brief filed on behalf of five non-governmental organizations and ten bar associations from around the world that she co-authored with Michelle Leighton urged the Court to follow international law which prohibits all life sentences without parole for offenders under 18. The United States is the only country in the world where juveniles are serving such sentences. Human Rights Advocates, which was created at Boalt by a number of grads and Frank Newman was one of the NGOs represented in the brief. 


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