July 2010 eNews


July, 2010

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.

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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
in California is largely based on a comforting but wholly false narrative. “The underlying lie,” he says, “is that the status quo is making us safer. Unless we confront this myth that has been sold so effectively to Californians over the last three decades, we’ll remain stuck with a massive penal system that’s starving us fiscally when there is so much else we need to fund.” Read more about Simon's views in this latest Transcript article.

For litigator and restaurateur Stuart Gordon ’65, life’s a banquet

Gordon—a top-tier attorney and a founding partner of
Gordon & Rees, one of California’s leading commercial litigation firms—is also a dead-serious restaurateur. Read more about Gordon's transformation into a world-class foodie in this Transcript magazine story.

Campaign for Boalt Hall The I. Michael Heyman Project Gathers Steam

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.

Donor Spotlight:
Kim Thompson '90

Kim Thompson"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.

School News
Professor and Top Legal Scholar Philip Frickey Dies at 57

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.

>> Read more school news

Faculty In the NewsDean Edley on Job Standards, the Economy and Online Ed

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.

>> Read more "In the News"

Ask the Archivist The Birth of the Law Library

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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Upcoming Events

Registration now open for Citation Award Dinner and Alumni Weekend, October 1-2!

- 49th Annual Citation Award Dinner
Celebrate the accomplishments of the Boalt Hall community with friends and faculty and help honor the recipients of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association’s Citation, Young Alumni and Faculty Lifetime Achievement awards. The reception and dinner will be held on Friday, October 1, at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco.

- MCLE Day
Return to Boalt on Saturday, October 1, for MCLE presentations from faculty and alumni, with topics ranging from the BP oil spill to an inside look at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with Director David Kappos ’90. Over lunch, hear how Boalt and legal education have evolved from Dean Christopher Edley and former Deans Berring ’74, Kay, Choper, Kadish and Halbach. And you won’t want to miss a late afternoon wine tasting and the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new I. Michael Heyman Terrace.

- Reunions for 0s and 5s
For 2010, many of the classes ending in 0 and 5 will celebrate reunion milestones on Saturday evening, October 2, in Berkeley. For alumni in classes 1950, 1955, 1960, 1970, 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005, your dinner will be held at either the Hotel Shattuck, Durant Hotel or Women’s Faculty Club. The class of 1980 will gather at the home of Maria Echaveste ’80 and husband Dean Christopher Edley. The class of 1965 will celebrate August 27-29 in the Napa Valley.

Registration is now open online here, or call 1.510.643.9277. For all the weekend details, click here.

Upcoming ABA Meeting Activities in San Francisco
Former Boalt Dean Herma Hill Kay will be recognized during the American Bar Association's Annual Meeting in San Francisco at the ABA Fellows Opening Reception on August 6. A former board member of the American Bar Foundation, the reception for Dean Kay will be held at 6 p.m. at the Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street. Purchase tickets through the ABF here.

Please RSVP now 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 before July 30 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.

Round Up of Coming events
July 22, Boalt-Haas Alumni & Student Happy Hour, New York City

July 26, "Crossroads of Public and Private International Law", ASIL Summer Associate Seminar, San Francisco

July 29, Alumni & Student Reception with Dean Edley, Sacramento

August 3, Alumni and Student Reception with Dean Edley, Silicon Valley

August 6, Alumni & Student Reception with Dean Edley at the ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco

August 26, Spotlight on Leadership Reception, Boalt Hall

September 25, Alumni Reception at the CA State Bar Annual Meeting, Monterey

October 1, Citation Award Dinner, San Francisco

October 2, Alumni Weekend, Berkeley

For more information and to RSVP, visit law.berkeley.edu/alumni

Career Corner


Boalt Solo Practitioners
Thanks for the strong interest in forming a circle of solo practitioners to network, discuss common issues and socialize with other alums. A time and place for the kick-off gathering will be posted on the CDO events calendar and in the UC Berkeley School of Law group on LinkedIn. If you haven't already, contact Alumni Career Services to receive an email announcement.

Check out these upcoming career-focused events:

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

ABA Solo Day: Practicing the Practice of Law
August 6, 2010, San Francisco, Pt. 1, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Pt. 2, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Two panel discussions on practicing law in a solo or small firm setting, including nuts and bolts of setting up and operating an office and basics in client and office management. Click here for a complete schedule of events.

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., Room 244 at Boalt Hall
The workshop includes information on how to prepare for a teaching career; what to expect at the American Association of Law Schools hiring conference; “job talk” do’s and don’ts; and more – including a mock job talk and mock interview in front of Boalt faculty, who will participate in character and then offer constructive suggestions. 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.

  • Kenneth Miller '66
    Kenneth Miller writes, "Kenneth Miller is one of six homebuilding leaders from around California who was inducted into the California Homebuilding Hall of Fame in June 2010. His selection was based upon contributions to the long-term advancement of the homebuilding industry in California. He was the first attorney inducted since the Hall of Fame was created 26 years ago. 
  • William Grantham '96
    Bill Grantham writes, "I've started a boutique entertainment and litigation firm in Beverly Hills with five other lawyers. It's a liberating feeling! We're Rufus-Isaacs, Acland and Grantham LLP. I hope my old friends will be in touch." 
  • Donna (Casburn) Garr '86
    Donna (Casburn) Garr recently accepted a position as counsel at Matrix Medical Network located in Phoenix, Arizona. Matrix Medical Network is a dynamic company which provides high-risk member management services to health plans throughout the country. She lives with her family in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. 
  • Gail Hillebrand '81
  • Gail Hillebrand has joined the Council of the American Law Institute. This year, Gail is celebrating her 25th year at Consumers Union, where she manages the financial services campaign team. Her team's work is described at www.defendyourdollars.org. Gail received the National Consumer Law Center's 2004 Vern Countryman Consumer Law Award. She is a member of the American College of Financial Services Attorneys and a board member of the Oakland-based Public Interest Law Project. She previously served on the Federal Reserve Board's Consumer Advisory Council and on the California Board of Accountancy. Gail has published articles on payments law, FCRA preemption, the revision of UCC Articles 2 and 9, and the cy pres doctrine. Her work has been published in the Chicago-Kent, Loyola, Washington University, and Alabama law reviews. She and her husband, Hugh Barroll, have two grown sons and a daughter in law. 
  • Elyce (Dronen) Santerre '81
    Elyce (Dronen) Santerre writes, "After 14 years as Chief of Civil Law for Fort Richardson, Alaska, I am now the legal advisor to a project team of senior professionals combining Anchorage's two large military installations into one "joint base." Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has gone further in combining the Army and Air Force facilities and separate cultures into one integrated organization than any of the other joint bases created under Base Realignment and Closure, 2005. Upon completion of the project in October 2010, I will become the senior civilian attorney for the new joint base." 
  • Ramona Mateiu '03 and Christopher Schafer '02
    Ramona Mateiu and Christopher Schafer welcomed the arrival of their first child. Marcus Alexander Schafer came into the world on June 7, 2010 at 5:24 p.m. Central time. He weighed 9 lbs even and was 21 1/2 inches long. 


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