August 2010 eNews
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.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
The 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.
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.
Mario Barnes '95
Chair, Class of 1995 Reunion Campaign Committee
"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."
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
Professor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer LL.M. Program
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.
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.
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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