July 2010 eNews
Alumni Photos DC Alumni-Student Happy Hour
Alumni and students in the Washington D.C. area gathered for Boalt happy hour on July 15. Special thanks to co-hosts Darius Graham ’09, Hector Huezo ’08, Sabrina Ross ’09, and Arezo Yazd ’09.Alumni News Colorado Bar Association Names Paul Chan ’84 New President
Paul H. Chan ’84, general counsel for the University of Denver, is the new president of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA). The CBA’s first Asian Pacific American leader in its 113 years—and only the 10th to ever preside over a state bar association—Chan began his term July 1. Read more here.
Joan Donoghue ’81 Nominated to International Court of Justice
Joan Donoghue ’81, the U.S. State Department’s Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, has been nominated to serve as a judge on the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It is widely expected that she will be confirmed this fall. Located in The Hague, the ICJ is the United Nations’ main judicial arm. Established in 1945, it’s composed of 15 judges and has a dual role: settling legal disputes between the U.N’s 192 member nations, and issuing advisory legal opinions on matters referred to it by U.N. organs and specialized agencies. Read more here.Wayne Brazil ’75 Authors Key Campus Report
Professor in Practice Wayne Brazil ’75, chair of UC Berkeley’s Campus Police Review Board, authored a recent report on how campus police and administration handled the November 20 protests to UC budget cuts that resulted in the occupation of Wheeler Hall and 46 arrests. The report, available here, portrays campus administrators and police commanders as not fully prepared for such a large demonstration. It includes in-person interviews with more than 25 witnesses and a review of relevant documents and some 140 YouTube recordings of what happened. “It is meticulous in dealing with the evidence, balanced and reasoned in its judgments, and modest and respectful in tone,” says law professor Stephen Bundy ’78.
Victoria Nourse '84 Nominated to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. President Obama recently nominated University of Wisconsin law professor Victoria Nourse '84 to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to replace retiring Judge Terence Evans. Prior to joining the Wisconsin law faculty in 1993, Nourse was special counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee; an appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice; and assistant counsel for the Senate Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair.
Jonathan Simon ’87 Thinks California’s Penal System is Punishing the Entire State
Boalt law professor Jonathan Simon ’87 believes that the widespread resistance to prison reform
For litigator and restaurateur Stuart Gordon ’65, life’s a banquet
Gordon—a top-tier attorney and a founding partner of
Mike Heyman has a long and distinguished record of service to the University of California, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the United States, yet he has never been recognized in an enduring public way for his transformational contributions. Boalt Hall is expressing its respect and gratitude by initiating the I. Michael Heyman Project, which will raise $3 million to establish the I. Michael Heyman Distinguished Professorship Chair ($1 million) and to name the school’s elegant new patio the I. Michael Heyman Terrace ($2 million). We invite you – as leaders in our profession and our community and as valued alumni and friends – to make a significant gift or multi-year pledge to Boalt for this landmark project.
The project, officially launched in March, has raised $598,604; momentum continues to gain as donor after donor expresses deep interest and passion for this worthy effort. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming. Mike Heyman, the project co-chairs (William & Jean Coblentz, Roy Eisenhardt '65 and Betsy Eisenhardt '76, and Roderic & Cathy Park), the faculty and students of Boalt Hall, and the University of California are all deeply appreciative of the acknowledgment and honor. Even with the encouraging response to date, there is still a ways to go. We are pushing to have Phase I, the Heyman Chair, fully funded by the end of August, and will have the unveiling of the Heyman Terrace during Alumni Weekend on October 2.
Thank you to those individuals, businesses and foundations who have championed this project to date. Click here to view the list.
Kim Thompson '90
"My first visit to Boalt was in the Spring of 1987, as I was making my final decision on the law school I would attend that fall. After visiting schools on the East Coast where the weather was dreary and the students looked weary, I arrived on the Berkeley campus, to find the sun shining on a diverse population of energetic students who were literally dancing in the streets (albeit to the live music of a nearby band). My decision to attend Boalt was made in an instant. Fortunately for me and my classmates at the time, tuition was (at least by today's standards) incredibly cheap. We were also fortunate enough to have great professors, a variety of classes, a diverse and interesting student population, a broad range of extracurricular activities to join, and nearly boundless job opportunities when we graduated. Boalt's star has continued to rise, and it continues to be one of the best law schools in the country. As alums, we benefit from the school's top reputation. But tuition today, out of necessity, is no longer anywhere close to what it was when my classmates and I attended Boalt. As an alum who gained so much for so little, I feel obligated to give something back to the school that opened so many doors for me. In particular, I want to make sure that the school can fund scholarships so that Boalt continues to be accessible to brilliant students who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend such a fine law school. I hope you'll give too! "
Partners in Leadership
Our Partners in Leadership program for FY10, with over 1,500 alumni in 79 member firms and organizations, is drawing to a close this month. Groups with the highest percentage of giving participation will be invited to attend - on August 26th - the annual "Spotlight on Leadership" thank-you reception and student fair to chat with and market to our great group of students. If you haven't already participated, you are welcome to make your gift now at give.law.berkeley.edu.
Professor and Top Legal Scholar Philip Frickey Dies at 57Ask the Archivist The Birth of the Law Library
One of the nation’s foremost experts on public law and federal Indian law and policy, Frickey chaired Boalt’s faculty appointments committee. A law school professor for 27 years, Frickey was the co-author of popular casebooks on legislation, constitutional law, and Indian law. He also volunteered his skills outside the scholastic arena—working with the Native American Rights Fund and National Congress of American Indians—and writing amicus briefs on their behalf in U.S. Supreme Court cases. Read more here.Boalt Hall Alumni Association Honorees Announced
Irving Tragen '45, a distinguished diplomat who served more than 55 years with the Department of State and Organization of American States, is the 2010 recipient of the Citation Award, the law school's highest honor. The 49th annual Citation Award Dinner will be held on Friday, October 1, at the Palace Hotel. Along with Irving, the BHAA will also recognize Nan Joesten '97, former BHAA board president and tireless volunteer, with the Young Alumni Award, and Edward Halbach, Jr., Boalt Hall dean from 1966-1975, with the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award.
To sponsor the event click here. Sponsors will be recognized in publicity and receive a table for 10, with preferred seating, at the dinner celebration.
To purchase individual tickets click here. Tickets include hosted reception with hors d'oeuvres and three-course dinner.
Get Your Cal Football Tickets Now!
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 are available to alums now for games against UC Davis, Colorado, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington. Stanford tickets are also offered, but at full price. To purchase, visit www.calbears.com/code and enter promotional code BOALT.
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. More information on Cal football tailgate parties can be found online here.
Diverse Summer Projects for BCLBE Fellows
Four student fellows are pursuing summer research projects sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. Aria Safor is studying private commercial dispute resolution in China while interning at the Beijing Arbitration Commission. Doctors David Goetz ’12 and Asher Benjamin Hodes ’12 are examining how advances in genetic and stem cell sciences may affect regulation of assisted reproduction technologies and how FDA oversight will impact the business and science of individualized stem cell therapies, respectively. Dr. Matt DalSanto ’11 is expanding on his previous research on how states use interstate compacts to finance and develop public infrastructure.
BCLT Survey Challenges Thinking About Startup Patents
A new survey of high-technology entrepreneurs conducted by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology finds that while patents provide less incentive to innovate than popularly believed, they do offer benefits by limiting competition, attracting financing, and increasing the chances of an acquisition or IPO. Read more here.
Dean Edley has written two op-eds that recently appeared in major U.S. newspapers. On July 6 in the Los Angeles Times, Edley urged President Obama to help create good jobs by issuing an executive order to reward federal contractors who improve job standards for their workers and create model business practices. On July 7 in the New York Times, Edley argued that the best booster shot for the country's economic recovery would be to allow states to borrow from the U.S. Treasury during recessions, much like Wall Street and the domestic auto industry has done.
Meanwhile, Edley was also making waves with a proposal to pilot an online bachelor's degree program. "We want to do a highly selective, fully online, credit-bearing program on a large scale - and that has not been done," Edley said. Read more here.
Study Finds Legalizing Marijuana Could Severely Slash Drug’s Price
A new study co-authored by Boalt Professor Robert MacCoun finds that legalizing the production and distribution of marijuana in California could lower the drug’s price by as much as 80 percent and increase consumption. Conducted by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan private research institution, the study examines key issues raised by state proposals to legalize marijuana. Read more here.
Ethan Elkind Op-Ed Targets Mortgage Insurers
A San Jose Mercury News op-ed by Ethan Elkind, Boalt's ’s Climate Change Research Fellow, criticizes mortgage insurance giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae for obstructing a program to finance climate change solutions and promote clean energy. Available here, the op-ed describes how the program helps homeowners pay for the upfront costs of environmentally friendly upgrades through municipal bonds and property tax bill assessments. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have threatened to prohibit mortgages on properties with this assessment because foreclosures result in property tax liens taking priority over the mortgage—meaning the government would get repaid first with the bank receiving the remainder.
Q: Just saw the drawings for the new law library. Very cool. Got me thinking about the first law library, the one that’s now Durant Hall. How did Boalt’s library get started? -RP, El Cerrito
A: The first law library on campus wasn’t in the Beaux Arts beauty that is now called Durant Hall (the original Boalt Hall). Berkeley’s first law library was housed in somewhat humbler quarters. Continue reading.
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