May 2010 eNews
Alumni News Boalt Hall Celebration of Women Leaders
Hundreds of Boalt alumni and friends gathered on April 30 to honor two of the Boalt community’s most illustrious members, California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar ’62 and Professor and former Dean Herma Hill Kay, at the first-ever Boalt Hall Celebration of Women Leaders (see photo gallery here). Justice Werdegar was awarded the Judge D. Lowell and Barbara Jensen Public Service Award, and Professor Kay was recognized for her 50 years of teaching at Boalt. Speakers included Dean Christopher Edley, Boalt Hall Alumni Association Board President Holly Fujie ’78, Professor Jesse Choper, Elizabeth Cabraser ’78, Co-Chair of the Campaign for Boalt Hall, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs ’71, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg via video. Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebration of the women of Boalt Hall!Holly Fujie ’78 Named President of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association
Holly Fujie '78 is the incoming President of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association for the 2010-2011 term, succeeding Immediate Past-President James McManis ’67. Holly has long been an active member of the Boalt community, having served on the board for many years and on her class reunion campaign committees. She is also the Immediate Past President of the State Bar of California. If you would like to see a current roster of the 2010-2011 BHAA Board of Directors, click here.
Campaign for Boalt Hall 2010 Reunion Campaign
Our 0 and 5 alumni continue to work hard for this year's Reunion Campaign. Our nearly 100 wonderful volunteers will convene on a conference call with National Co-Chairs Fred Gregory '65 and Doug Wolf '70 and Dean Edley at the end of this month to discuss progress and plan for this fall's Alumni Weekend and individual class anniversary celebrations. As the first half of the year draws to a close, we have built a strong foundation for a hugely successful participation and fundraising effort and look forward to engaging all reunioning alumni in the coming months. Check out committee lists, donor honor rolls, class 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.New Alumni Challenge Match
June 30th is the deadline for taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime match opportunity provided by the UC Foundation Board of Trustees. Alumni and students from the classes of '05 - '10 have stepped up and generated significant support for Boalt - and there is still an opportunity to participate! As this remarkable giving opportunity comes to an end, please support your law school by clicking here and know that this 3:1 match will quadruple the impact of your gift to Boalt. Make your gift today here! Special note to the Class of 2005: As the only reunion class eligible for this match, all gifts count toward your reunion campaign total!
Carl Stoney '70
Class of 1970 Reunion Campaign Committee Co-Chair
"There are many reasons why I have given to Boalt over the years and continue to do so. I came to Boalt after my undergrad years at Cal because I loved Cal and everything about it, I didn't know what I wanted to do careerwise, and in the business school I had taken a business law course I really liked. At Boalt I met great friends with whom I still stay in touch (in particular, my Boalt softball teammates), I had wonderful professors, I received a great education in the law, and I was stimulated to pursue law as a career. My career has been the law, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat (in exactly the same way). So, with those fond memories, it should be no surprise to anyone that I have been motivated to give back to Boalt. And it goes without saying that I am proud to be a graduate of one of the great law schools in the country, a reputation we had then - and, more importantly, now! But what is the biggest reason to give back? Unlike now, our tuition was FREE! Look what we got - for NO COST! How can you not give back?"
Tom Graff EDF Summer Fellowship
The Tom Graff EDF Summer Fellowship was recently established by Antonio Rossmann, a graduate of Harvard Law School, a Lecturer with Continuing Appointment at UC Berkeley School of Law teaching Land-Use Planning and Water Law, and a close friend and colleague of Tom Graff. This fund memorializes Tom Graff’s lifelong contributions to the water law of California and the West, and his lifelong commitment to the development and education of law students to follow that example.
Motivated by his distress over the increased financial burden on present and prospective students - particularly those in the environmental program - Rossmann decided to donate his present year's adjunct earnings to summer environmental public interest fellowships. The passing late last year of his longtime friend and colleague Tom Graff, who for a time taught at Boalt Hall, provided a meaningful opportunity to honor Tom's wish that his memorials advance the cause of water law reform through the Environmental Defense Fund office that he opened nearly 40 years ago. Rossmann's hope is that Tom Graff's work and example, combining intellect, creativity, energy, and collegiality, will live on through this permanent fellowship at Boalt.
This summer fellowship fund is now welcoming contributions. Donations to the fund from fellow faculty will be enhanced by a matching Chancellor's grant, and contributions by students and new alumni (in years '05 - '10) will be eligible for the 3:1 match. Further information can be obtained from the Boalt Hall Alumni Center.
New School Year Brings New Faculty
This year’s faculty recruiting season, still underway, has produced nine new hires for the coming academic year. As a result, Boalt Hall has added 41 core faculty members since 2004—reaching Dean Edley’s goal of 40-percent faculty growth by summer’s end.
Professor from Practice Wayne Brazil ’75 is among the new hires, whose research interests include private-equity financial transactions, social conflict and urban change, trends in judicial interpretation of statutes, international business transactions, health law and bioethics, international public law enforcement in the face of climate change, human rights and terrorism, political methodology and competition in multiparty democracies, and the tension between intellectual property law and rapidly changing technology.
Boalt has also promoted two clinic associate directors to become professors: Roxanna Altholz ’99 in the school’s International Human Rights Law Clinic and Ty Alper in its Death Penalty Clinic. Overall, Edley says that the new additions will provide unparalleled teaching strength to Boalt’s business law, international law, and 1L program.Summer LL.M. Program Seeking Applicants
Berkeley Law’s Summer LL.M. Program is accepting applications for the Class of 2013! In two summers, foreign attorneys and law graduates can earn a world-class LL.M. degree from Berkeley Law. The condensed but comprehensive program provides customized LL.M. courses taught by full-time Berkeley Law faculty. Building on a successful first year, the Summer LL.M. Program has expanded its course offerings in business law and intellectual property.
An LL.M. degree can make a world of difference for foreign attorneys dealing with international clients. If you know someone who could benefit from the career-boosting potential of a Berkeley LL.M. degree, please direct them to our website at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/5652.htm.400-plus Grads Walk the Stage
Under sunny skies at the Greek Theater, 409 students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas this month. The majority, 290, were JD students. But the smiling faces also included 97 LL.M. students, 12 JSD students, three JSP students and seven who graduated in December. Judge Donna Ryu of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California was the guest speaker. Professor Robert C. Berring, Jr. was the faculty speaker.
Boalt Hall faculty members Eric Talley and Robert Bartlett were honored by Corporate Practice Commentator for writing two of the 10 best corporate and securities articles published in 2009. Each focused on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. About 700 corporate or securities law faculty were asked to vote on the top articles. Read more here.Ask the Archivist Memorable Graduation Speakers
Q: Now that it’s graduation season, I was wondering, who would be considered the most unusual speaker ever invited to a Boalt Hall graduation? - B.B., San Francisco
A: The Law School used to take part in the general commencement exercises hosted by the campus, traditionally held in Memorial Stadium. All that changed in 1970 when the invasion of Cambodia expanded the war in Southeast Asia. Continue reading.
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