August 2010 eNews


August, 2010

Alumni Photos ABA Margaret Brent Luncheon

Class of 1978 members Louise Ing (president-elect of the Hawaii State Bar Association), Elizabeth Cabraser (co-chair, Campaign for Boalt Hall), and Lillian Miyasaki Nakagawa.

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Alumni News Alan Brayton '76, Elizabeth Cabraser '78 and Herma Hill Kay Honored by the ABA

The American Bar Association honored several members of the Boalt Hall community earlier this month at its annual meeting in San Francisco.

Alan Brayton, a founding and senior partner of Brayton Purcell LLP, was distinguished with the ABA's Pursuit of Justice Award. The award recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and who excel in providing access to justice for all. Read more here.

Bill Hebert '88 Elected California State Bar President for 2010-11

Bill Hebert '89, a partner at Calvo and Clark's San Francisco office, has been elected the 2010-2011 president of The State Bar of California. In September, he will be sworn in as the 86th president of the 228,000-member organization at the State Bar's annual meeting in Monterey.

Hebert becomes the third Berkeley Law graduate over the past four years to assume the role of State Bar president. He follows Holly Fujie '78, a partner at Buchalter Nemer's Los Angeles office, who was president in 2008-09, and Jeff Bleich '89, United States Ambassador to Australia, who presided over the State Bar in 2007-08. Read more here.

Irving Tragen '45 honored with Boalt Hall's 2010 Citation Award

Irving Tragen, a distinguished diplomat with 55 years of service in Inter-American Affairs, will receive the law school's highest honor, the Citation Award, on October 1 in San Francisco. More event details are here. A Foreign Service Officer for 35 years, his assignments included senior diplomatic and development posts in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1980, Tragen joined the Organization of American States' Economic Development Program, which tackled debt and foreign trade crises, border area infrastructure projects, and manpower development initiatives. In 1985, he was selected to organize and direct the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, leading its efforts to combat drug trafficking and abuse in the Western Hemisphere until his retirement in 1994. Read more here.

San Diego Legal Icon Alec Cory '39 Dies at 95

Alec Cory '39, who was instrumental in the financing and development of many areas throughout San Diego County, built one of its top law firms (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch), and founded the city's Legal Aid Society, died on July 27. He was 95. During a legal career that spanned more than six decades, Cory was one of Berkeley Law's most generous supporters and established a summer fellowship and scholarship fund that both assist students with a demonstrated interest in public service or public interest law. The Barbara and Alec Cory Scholarship Fund annually supports two students--one male and one female--for their entire three years at the school.

Senate Confirms Melinda Haag '87 as New U.S. Attorney in California

Melinda HaagThe U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed San Francisco attorney Melinda Haag '87 as the new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. The decision came without debate on the same day the Senate Judiciary Committee issued its own unanimous approval.

Nominated by President Barack Obama earlier this year, Haag will supervise an office that prosecutes federal crimes in a district that runs from Monterey to the Oregon border and has more than 7.3 million people. It marks the first time in 90 years that a woman U.S. Attorney will represent the district. Read more here.

Three Grads Tapped for State Superior Courts

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Carlos Vazquez '88 and Yvette Verastegui '93 to Los Angeles County Superior Court judgeships, and Cheri Pham '90 to a judgeship in the Orange County Superior Court. Vazquez has been a deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office since 1988. Verastegui has served as a deputy alternate public defender for the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defenders Office since 2001, and previously was a deputy public defender in two counties. Pham has been a deputy district attorney for the Orange County District Attorney's Office since 1997 and has experience in public and private practice.

Campaign for Boalt Hall Fundraising Continues Apace

Fiscal Year 2010, which ended on June 30, 2010, was Boalt Hall's fourth best fundraising year ever with a total of $12.8 million raised with 4,639 gifts from 3,072 donors. In light of the economic circumstances, we are heartened by the commitment demonstrated by our alumni and friends and hope to increase this amount in Fiscal Year 2011. To date, more than $80 million has been raised toward our $125 million campaign goal.

Due in no small part to the contributions received over the past several years, we have achieved our goal of 40% faculty growth and created six new multidisciplinary research centers since 2005. Moreover, we have invested $95 million to construct our new South Addition, which we expect to complete in 2011. Renovations continue to improve offices, classrooms, and common spaces, including a beautiful new student center. Additionally, $1 million has been invested in technology and the library. If you would like to learn more, please visit our construction website.

We encourage all alumni and friends to visit campus to see the updates. Register for the October 1-2 Alumni Weekend, which will include a dedication of the new I. Michael Heyman Terrace and the Citation Award Dinner. For more details, visit the Alumni Weekend website.

Donor Spotlight:
Mario Barnes '95
Chair, Class of 1995 Reunion Campaign Committee

Kim Thompson"There are many reasons to give to Boalt. For me, the most important reason is that I was a beneficiary of a world-class and affordable public education at Cal and Boalt. My Boalt education has afforded me experiences, relationships and opportunities that have been life-changing. I want to be a part of ensuring that today's students receive similar opportunities. I also give to Boalt because I would not have been able to achieve my professional goals without the continuing support of the Boalt community. Several years ago I transitioned from working in the federal government to a career in law teaching. That career change was only possible because of the encouragement, support and guidance I received from mentors on the Boalt faculty. In fact, Boalt has established a fantastic program to assist graduates who are interested in entering academia. Finally, I give to show my support for Dean Edleys' ambitious initiatives and all of the amazing work the institution continues do with students and for the greater community. In my work with the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice I am constantly reminded of Boalt's long and impressive tradition of contributing to the public interest and preparing students who wish to do the same."

School News

Memorial Service for Professor Philip Frickey

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Professor Philip Frickey will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at the International House in the Chevron Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, in Berkeley. All members of the Berkeley Law community are cordially invited to attend.

Richard Buxbaum '53 Begins 50th Year of Teaching at Boalt

BuxbaumProfessor Richard Buxbaum '53 has reached an impressive milestone by embarking on his 50th year of teaching at Boalt Hall. Since joining Boalt's faculty in 1961, he has occupied several leadership positions while teaching Corporations, International Business Transactions, and European Union Law, among other courses. 

Buxbaum was the first director of the Boalt's Earl Warren Legal Institute from 1969-1974. He has been editor in chief of the American Journal of Comparative Law since 1987, was founder and first chair of UC Berkeley's Center for German and European Studies and Center for Western European Studies, and served as UC Berkeley's dean of international and area studies from 1993-1999.

In addition, Buxbaum has served on several state and national committees engaged in drafting and reviewing corporate and securities legislation. He received Boalt's Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award last year, and in 2004 won the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award, which honors outstanding contributions to international law.

Former Clerks Wanted

The Career Development Office (CDO) seeks 10-20 alumni who are former clerks to conduct student mock interviews from 7-9 pm at Boalt on Tuesday, August 31, Wednesday, September 1, or Thursday, September 2. Each alum will do up to three 30-minute mock interviews, followed by 10 minutes of feedback and discussion. In advance of the program, volunteers will be provided with student application materials and other important information.

In addition to the program at the Law School, the CDO is developing an "on-call" network of alumni clerks who would be available during the busiest interview periods to answer student questions (e.g., scheduling multiple interviews, handling exploding offers, etc.). The CDO seeks former clerks who can take either 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (PST) or 1-5 pm (PST) shifts during the following periods of time. September 15, 16, & 17, 2010 or September 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2010. Students would then be provided with names, telephone numbers and the jurisdictions in which each of our on-call experts clerked.

To volunteer for either of these programs, please contact Eric Stern at either (510) 643-4260 or

Summer LL.M. Program
Taking Off

On July 30, Boalt graduated the first class from its summer LL.M program as 17 students were honored in a ceremony at the Alumni House. The program is developing faster and better than expected according to Andrew Guzman, associate dean of Boalt's advanced law degree programs, as 36 students enrolled in this past summer's entering class. Instructors hailed the quality of the summer students, and unanimously reported seeing no gap in ability or performance between them and Boalt's academic year LL.Ms.

In the summer program--ideally suited for those already employed and able to take shorter leaves from their careers and home--international students attend classes over the course of two consecutive 10-week summer terms. The condensed but comprehensive curriculum offers students in-depth immersion into essential concepts of U.S. law, with courses taught by full-time Boalt faculty who are leaders in their fields.

The application deadline for next summer is October 1.

Faculty Growth Hits Magic Number

Six years after Dean Edley committed to grow Boalt's faculty by an ambitious 40 percent, the law school has achieved that goal by hiring nine new faculty members--bringing to 40 the number of new hires since 2004. This dramatic growth is enriching the school's course offerings, boosting its faculty/student ratio, and expanding options for custom-tailored degrees and individual attention.

The nine faculty members hired this year are Ty Alper, Roxanna Altholz, Stavros Gadinis, Prasad Krishnamurthy, Katerina Linos, Saira Mohammed, Victoria Plaut, Bertrall Ross, and Fred Smith, Jr. Their wide-ranging scholarly interests include capital punishment; criminal law, justice, and defense; human rights litigation; international law; immigrant rights, transitional justice; securities regulation; corporations; international business transactions; banking law, law and development; antitrust and distributive justice; European Union Law; comparative law; employment law; diversity; discrimination; law and psychology; legislation; constitutional law; psychology; gender issues; and federal courts.

Academic Talent, Unique Resumés Highlight 2010-11 Entering Class

With the school year just underway, Boalt welcomes 287 first-year students--a diverse group with wide-ranging interests and an eclectic mix of backgrounds.

A record 8,313 prospective J.D. students applied for admission this year--353 more than the law school's previous high. The incoming class boasts a 3.8 median college grade point average, a 167 median LSAT score (95th percentile), and nine Fulbright Scholars, and 15 percent enter with advanced degrees. Read more here.

Pamela Samuelson Named Winner of Public Knowledge's IP3 Award

Boalt Professor and renowned technology law scholar Pamela Samuelson is one of four winners of this yea'’s IP3 Award from Public Knowledge, a Washington-based public interest group that defends citizens’ rights in the growing digital culture.

IP3 awards are given annually to individuals who have advanced the public interest in one of three "IP" areas: intellectual property, information policy, and Internet protocol. The awards will be presented at a ceremony October 13 in Washington, D.C.

Samuelson also serves as co-chair of the Campaign for Boalt Hall. Read more here.

>> Read more school news

Faculty In the News

Law and economics Professor Alan Auerbach predicts unchanged fiscal policies will lead to national debt of about 90% of GDP by 2020. Read more here.

Head of law school's health think tank Ann O'Leary co-authors report calling on Obama to create high-wage jobs. Read more here.

Law professor Dan Farber will advise commission studying BP disaster on ways to prevent and reduce impact of oil spills. Read more here.

Law professor Charles Weisselberg says criminal defendants who represent themselves rarely do a good job. Read more here.

Professor Jesse Choper says Prop 8 ruling was not a "renegade decision." Read more here.

>> Read more "In the News"

Ask the Archivist Tables (Re)Turned

Q: Thanks for your column on the former law libraries. Has anything historic survived from those buildings (other than the books, I mean)? DNJ, Danville

A: When the School of Law moved out of the original Boalt Hall in 1951, we left behind the library study tables that had been custom made for us by the San Francisco design firm of Vickery, Atkins and Torrey. Continue reading.


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Upcoming Events

September 4, Cal Alumni Los Angeles Chapter: Cal v. UC Davis Football Viewing Party, Santa Monica

September 17 Cal Bears at Nevada Tailgate and Football Game

September 25, Alumni Reception at the State Bar Meeting in Monterey with Bill Hebert'88 and Holly Fujie '78

September 25, Cal Bears at Arizona Tailgate and Football Game
Bob and Charlotte Sproul will host a tailgate at Bob's home, just two blocks from the Arizona stadium.
As space is limited, kindly RSVP as soon as possible directly to Bob at

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 Ritz Carlton Hotel, San Francisco.

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

Benefactor Sponsors:

Fenwick & West
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Patron Sponsors:

Bartko, Zankel, Tarrant & Miller
Farella Braun + Martel
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
McGrane Greenfield
McManis Faulkner
Stevens, O'Connell & Jacobs

For more information and to RSVP, visit

October 8-9, Cal Homecoming featuring "The U.S. Death Penalty: Prospects for Its Demise" with Lis Semel and "What Would Happen if California Legalized Marijuana? with Rob MacCoun. More information here.

Career Corner

Support for your career development doesn't end with graduation. The Career Development Office provides resources for alums, including access to the b-Line jobs database and individualized confidential career counseling: resume review, job search strategies, career exploration (including careers outside of law practice), and more. See the Alumni Resources page on the CDO website. 


New on the Career Corner Website:
Video Interviews
John Burris ('73): the career path of a civil rights icon
Rebecca DeKalb ('81): designing an estate planning career for success and balance
Paul Melodia ('64): trial attorney in numerous high-profile personal injury suits
. . . and more to come . . .

Newly posted: Salary Negotiations - articles and resources

View the videos here.

Boalt Solo Practitioners
September 24th, Friday, 6:00 p.m. First meeting: at Huynh Restaurant,
381 15th St., Oakland (near 12th Street BART station downtown Oakland). Contact Alumni Career Services to RSVP and/or to be included in future mailings.

Wanted: Current and Former Jucicial Clerks and Staff Attorneys for Mock Interviews and On-Call Support for Clerkship Applicants. Email the Career Development Office to sign up.

Check out these upcoming career-focused events:

The Beauty of Diversity: 21st Annual Business Conference, California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)
August 30 - September 1, 2010, Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, CA. Information and registration.

New Models in the Legal Industry - What the Future Holds for Attorneys and the Clients They Serve: panel discussion sponsored by Women in Licensing Bay Area (WiLBA) and Paragon Legal
September 15, 2010, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA. Information and registration.

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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  • James McManis '67
    Jim McManis was recently honored by Neda Mansoorian in The Recorder for his guidance and support as her mentor throughout her time at law school and during her career. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of The Recorder.
  • Philip Milestone '06
    Philip Milestone, Karen Stambaugh '06 and Joe Morris '06 have started their own virtual firm, Mod4 LLP, named for their 1L module at Boalt. Read more about Philip, Karen, Joe and the firm here: 
  • Valerie (Horwitz) Alexander '95
    Valerie (Horwitz) Alexander and her team created, produced and directed 38 videos about the meaning of marriage equality as a part of "The Wedding Matters" -- a people-powered project launched by the Courage Campaign Institute's Entertainment Industry Equality Team. Learn more and watch four videos in the collection, each telling a unique story about weddings that happened in 2008, before Prop 8 passed.
  • Philip Milestone '06, Karen Stambaugh '06 and Joe Morris '06
    Former Boalt classmates, Milestone, Stambaugh and Morris have started a law firm called mod4. On the first day of law school, Karen, Philip, Joe and 27 other people were thrown together in mod4, their 1L module. "The three of us became friends that year and stayed friends while we practiced law at different firms, in different industries, gaining the knowledge and experience that allows us to offer you excellent legal advice. In 2010, when we decided to start a law firm, we thought it would be a great idea to name it after the place we all met: mod4."


  • Russell Atkinson '73
    Russ Atkinson has been named to the 2010-2011 Civil Grand Jury for Santa Clara County. 
  • Jonathan Bass '77
    San Francisco law firm Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP (name partner Jonathan Bass '77) has been recognized as the California State Bar President's 2010 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year. The prestigious award, which annually honors a California law firm for extraordinary pro bono service, recognizes Coblentz attorneys' contribution of over 4,700 pro bono hours in 2009. 
  • Eric Steinert '93
    Eric Steinert has rejoined Seyfarth Shaw as a partner practicing labor and employment law in its San Francisco office. Eric returns from a three-year stint as an employment lawyer in the financial-services industry, working for Wachovia and Wells Fargo. Prior to that, Eric worked in Seyfarth Shaw's Los Angeles office as a labor and employment partner and associate. He now lives in Orinda with his wife Anna, daughter Summer, and border collie Coco. 


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