September 2010 eNews


September, 2010

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Oct. 1: Citation Award Dinner – More than 250 guests are expected for the gala honoring Irving Tragen ’45, formerDean Edward Halbach, and Nan Joesten ’97. Please note, the new location for the event is the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco.

Oct. 2: Alumni Day – MCLE presentations covering the BP oil spill, the Supreme Court and wine law. USPTO Director David Kappos ’90 will speak and lunch includes a conversation with deans Edley, Berring, Kay, Choper and Halbach.

Oct. 2: Class Reunions – Grads from years ending in 5 and 0 will celebrate reunion milestones with special faculty guests.

Alumni News Incoming California State Bar President Bill Hebert '88 Speaks to Alumni on Sept. 25

On the eve of his swearing in at the State Bar Meeting in Monterey, Bill will speak informally to graduates at a Boalt Hall reception. Former State Bar President Holly Fujie '78 will provide welcome remarks. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

USPTO Director David Kappos '90 to speak at Boalt Hall on October 2

Robert Barr, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, will moderate a conversation with Director Kappos about his leadership of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Law School Friend William Coblentz Dies at 88

William Coblentz, a longtime supporter of Berkeley Law, died September 13 at age 88. He was senior partner of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, whose $500,000 contribution in 2008 established The William K. Coblentz Civil Rights Endowment Fund to foster student and faculty research related to racial and ethnic justice. Repeatedly listed in Best Lawyers in America, Coblentz specialized in land use and development, real estate law, and complex business transactions. A director, trustee, regent, and counselor of numerous public entities, charities, businesses, foundations, and families, he chaired the UC Board of Regents, received UC Berkeley's prestigious Berkeley Citation Award, and was recently named co-chair of Berkeley Law's I. Michael Heyman Project. More about Coblentz's life is available here.

Obama Taps Theodore Olson '65 for New Role

President Obama has appointed Theodore Olson '65 to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, which aims to improve the efficiency, adequacy, and fairness of procedures by which federal agencies conduct regulatory programs and administer grants and benefits, among other functions. A partner at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in Washington, Olson was U.S. Solicitor General from 2001-2004. He has won more than 75 percent of his cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, and recently received a winning verdict for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, in which a federal judge ruled that Proposition 8—the California ballot measure prohibiting same-sex marriage—was unconstitutional.

Nan Joesten '97 to Co-Chair ABA Annual Meeting

Farella Braun + Martel partner Nan Joesten '97 has been appointed co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago. She previously co-chaired both the ABA Section of Litigation's Woman Advocate Committee and Mentoring Subcommittee. A former Boalt Hall Alumni Association president, Joesten won the 2007 UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee's Citation Award for outstanding service to Berkeley Law, and will receive the law school's annual Young Alumni Award October 1. Her complex litigation practice emphasizes intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark disputes, trade secret misappropriation cases, and technology-related litigation for U.S. and international companies. Nan will be honored by the law school with the Young Alumni Award at the October 1 Citation Award Dinner. More details here.

Supreme Court Triumph for Beth Stephens '79

Beth Stephens '79 has helped win a U.S. Supreme Court case in favor of Somali civilians seeking damages for torture and other human rights abuses. Stephens was second chair at oral argument in Samantar v. Yousuf, in which her clients sought to hold accountable Mohamed Ali Samantar, Somalia's former defense minister who now lives in Virginia. Samantar claimed immunity under a U.S. statute on the grounds that he committed the acts on behalf of his government, but the Court held that the statute does not protect individual foreign government officials. A professor at the Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Stephens is a board member at the Center for Justice and Accountability, which can now pursue its case against Samantar.

Campaign for Boalt Hall Development & Alumni Relations Dean Anders Yang to Join UCSF

Anders Yang, Boalt's Dean for Development & Alumni Relations, will be leaving UC Berkeley early next month for a new opportunity at UCSF. There, he will take on a senior role managing a comprehensive alumni development and alumni relations program for the School of Medicine.

Yang joined Boalt in 2008, and despite the national economic downturn guided the law school to its second- and fourth-best fundraising years in terms of total dollars raised. Thanks to the support of alumni, faculty, students, and friends, more than $81 million has been raised in the $125 million Campaign for Boalt Hall.

Separately, Andrew Kaufteil departed UC Berkeley for a wonderful new opportunity. Kaufteil oversaw Boalt's annual giving department. Please feel free to contact the Alumni Center staff via email or phone with any requests.

Heyman Project Update & Terrace Dedication

We are about to reach a significant milestone in 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 are $200,00 away from finishing Phase 1 of the project, which is the Heyman Chair. That accomplishment will mean that we are a third of the way to finishing off the entire Heyman Project (Chair + Terrace).

The I. Michael Heyman Terrace will be dedicated during the upcoming Alumni Weekend on October 2nd at 5:30 pm, and all alumni are warmly welcomed to attend the festivities. Norm Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, has graciously agreed to step in as co-chair on the project, carrying on William Coblentz's role in the campaign.

As we continue to build momentum for this important endeavor, many alumni and friends continue to make great contributions to the effort. There is a dinner scheduled with Smithsonian representatives in Washington DC on October 14th at the home of alumnus John Phillips and Linda Douglass, and the Class of 1970 Reunion Campaign Committee has identified the Heyman Project as one of its primary fundraising initiatives in celebration of their 40th reunion.

Partners - Spotlight on Leadership

Established by the Boalt Hall Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2003-04, Partners in Leadership ("Partners") invites firms and organizations with four or more Boalt alumni to join this program aimed at increasing annual giving and participation and building community among alumni and with the law school.

Spotlight on Leadership is an annual event that provides special access to our students for those Partners groups that attain the highest percentage of giving. The event is a reception for group leaders with a thank-you and Boalt Hall update from the dean and other faculty and staff, followed by a fair at which each group may market themselves to students. The Career Center works with us to publicize this opportunity to network to the students.

The FY10 event was held on Boalt's Heyman Terrace on August 26th. Of the 79 member firms and organizations, 21 were invited to participate in Spotlight. There were 16 tables at the fair (14 firms and two companies) and attendees at the leaders' reception heard comments from Jesse Choper, Academic Support Programs Director Kristen Holmquist and Assistant Dean for Career Development Terry Galligan. Continued thanks to all of our alumni who participate in this important and growing program.

School News
December 1 Deadline for Summer LL.M. Program Applications

Boalt is already preparing for the third year of its innovative Summer LL.M. Program, where international students earn an LL.M. degree over the course of two consecutive 10-week summer terms. The application deadline for the 2011-2012 Summer Program is December 1st, and information on how to apply is available here.

The only accelerated LL.M. program of its kind is ideally suited for individuals who are already employed and able to take shorter leaves from their careers and home. The condensed but comprehensive curriculum offers students in-depth immersion into essential concepts of U.S. law, and allows graduates to meet the coursework requirements to sit for both the California and New York bar exams.

"The Summer LL.M. program is really unique," says Beatriz Carvalho '10, part of the first graduating class. "The possibility of earning an LL.M. degree without having to put my career completely on hold was one of the best advantages, and the program was really focused on the needs of LL.M. students: learning the basics of U.S. Law and having the opportunity to deepen our knowledge in specific areas, such as IP and corporations."

Berkeley Law Center Report Takes Aim at New State Budget Proposal

A new report by the Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security concludes that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2010-11 California budget proposal would have a profoundly detrimental effect impact on children, families, schools, communities, and the economy.

Entitled Cutting Child Care Out from Under Californians, the report was written by center faculty member Catherine Albiston, associate director Melissa Rodgers, and recent graduate Shira Wakschlag '10. It analyzes the proposed budget's $1.2 billion reduction in child care funds and termination of CalWORKS, California's welfare program. Read more here.

New Analysis Finds Prop. 23 Would Cut Jobs and State Revenue

An independent analysis of Proposition 23 says the initiative would create legal uncertainty, reduce California state revenue, and jeopardize new and existing clean energy jobs. The white paper, released by Boalt's Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, reports Prop. 23 would also slow California's efforts to reduce climate change and could have a domino effect on other states.

The report, California at the Crossroads: Proposition 23, AB 32, and Climate Change, details the legal and regulatory impact of the ballot initiative if passed by voters in November. Prop. 23 calls for the suspension of AB 32, the state's Global Warming Solutions Act, until state unemployment remains at or below 5.5 percent for 4 consecutive quartersa rate that's been reached just thrice in nearly 35 years. Read more here.

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News from Boalt Students Upcoming CLR Events

The 2010-2011 academic year is in full swing here at the California Law Review and I wanted to take a moment to invite local alumni to two upcoming October events in Berkeley.

The first event is the annual Jorde Symposium lecture which will take place on Tuesday, October 5 from 5-6:30pm. CLR is honored to welcome Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit who will be addressing "The Rise and Fall of Judicial Self-Restraint." Professor Pamela Karlan and Dean Larry Kramer, both of Stanford Law School, will be providing commentary on Judge Posner's lecture. The lecture will be in Room 105 at Boalt Hall and the Dean's Office is hosting a reception in the Goldberg Room following the lecture. CLR will be publishing the lecture and commentaries next year.

The second event is a casual barbecue with current CLR members and their families. We will be grilling from 12-3 at Codornices Park in North Berkeley on Saturday, October 16. We will also be tossing around a softball or two, as we are sharpening our skills for a face-off against our peers from the Stanford Law Review later this month. We'd love to have you and your families join us for the afternoon. If you plan on attending, please email me by Tuesday October 12 so I can make the appropriate food arrangements.

Please feel free to email me with questions or suggestions for future alumni involvement.

—Leslie Wulff, Faculty and Alumni Chair Vol. 99, California Law Review

Restorative Justice Center (RJC)

The Mindful Lawyer: Practices & Prospects for Law School, Bench, and Bar is a national conference running October 29-31 that will bring together the pioneers who have been developing programs integrating meditation and contemplative practices with legal education and practice, and others in the legal profession who are interested in exploring this work. The conference will offer a blend of scholarly presentation, practical experience and discussion, and recent developments in neuroscience and psychology relevant to meditation practice. We invite lawyers, law professors, judges, mediators and other dispute resolution professionals, and law students to explore the connections between law and meditation, and to learn and practice meditation.

This conference is the first major gathering of its kind since Harvard Law School offered a symposium on Mindfulness and Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2002. The conference will convene the diverse leadership of the ongoing endeavors in law and meditation and welcome members of the legal profession seeking to integrate the benefits of meditation into their work, institutions, and practice areas. The website, including detailed information and registration, is:

Ask the Archivist Secret Society

Q: I've seen a couple references to a secret society of law students at Boalt Hall called the Gun Club. It's evidently been around for a long time (Earl Warren was a member when he was a student). It sounds something like Skull and Bones at Yale — members are sworn to secrecy for life, etc. What's their story?
- PK, Oakland

A: I really couldn't say.

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Upcoming Events

September 25, Alumni Reception with Bill Hebert '88 and Holly Fujie '7at the State Bar Meeting, Monterey 

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

October 1, Citation Award Dinner, San Francisco

October 2, Dedication of the I. Michael Heyman Terrace, Berkeley

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.

October 19, Discover Cal presentation with Paul Otellini, CEO Intel; John Batter, co-president of Production, Dreamworks; John Riccitiello, CEO, Electronic Arts.  Liz Claman, anchor, Fox Business Network, moderates. Electronic Arts Headquarters, Redwood City.

October 20, Alumni Reception with John Phillips '69, Chair, White House Fellows Program, Washington D.C.


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. 


Boalt Solo and Small Firm 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.

Check out these upcoming career-focused events:

AIDS Legal Referral Panel Training Classes.  1.5 hours free CLE and introductory knowledge 
• Immigration Law - September 28, 2010,  5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
• Introduction to Estate Planning – October 25, 2010, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
More information and registration.

Strategies for Launching and Running a Small Law Firm, BASF Solo & Small Firm Committee
October 23, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., San Francisco, CA.  Information and registration.

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  • Harris Kershnar '78
    Harris Kershnar has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in the 2011 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America and is now one of a select group of attorneys that has been listed for the tenth consecutive year. Mr. Keshnar's recognition is based on his expertise in the field of Labor & Employment Law. The Best Lawyers in America is an advertisement-free publication that reaches the largest and most targeted audience of any peer-review listing in the legal profession.
  • Robert Lee 97
    Legal Forest Executive Director Robert Lee has co-authored a report on the legal process outsourcing (LPO) industry. A summary is available here. Evalueserve Chairman Alok Aggarwal calls it the only objective and realistic information source available on the LPO industry, and says the authors understand both the U.S. legal industry and the Indian outsourcing industry from an insider perspective. Robert thinks outsourcing has a place in law practice, but that firms often have operational and process engineering problems they should address before considering it. A past vice-president at Intellevate, a top LPO outfit, Robert has also worked in biotech and software and was CEO of an e-commerce company acquired by Travelzoo.  
  • Daniel Olmos '04
  • Daniel Olmos has accepted a position in Washington D.C. where he will contribute to President Obama's Access to Justice Initiative. The Initiative addresses the challenges faced in meeting low-income residents' need for civil legal assistance. Daniel brings experience from his time as deputy public defender in Contra Costa County and as an attorney at Nolan, Armstrong, & Barton, LLP.
  • Lauri Owen '06
    Lauri J. Owen has published her first novel, "Falling Embers," a paranormal romance novel set in an alternate, feudal Alaska, one ruled by a class of decadent mages who have enslaved the shape-changing, indigenous peoples. The novel is influenced by Lauri's background as a civil rights lawyer and her passion for social justice. To learn more about her work and for information to purchase the novel visit 
  • Erik Silber '97
    Erik Silber taught criminal procedure for the first time last fall at USC School of Law. He still works for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, but he has been on loan since April to the Executive Office of the President, Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in Washington, D.C.


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