Reunion Schedule Posted
Save the date for Reunion Weekend 2014, Sept. 20-21, 2014 at Boalt Hall. Reconnect with classmates, check out what is new on campus and enjoy a series of exciting special events. We invite you to join your fellow Boalties in driving support for Boalt Hall amongst your classmates — become a class leader or committee member for your reunion year! Contact Fran Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 642-3473 for more information.
Jeff Bleich ’89 Q&A
Jeff Bleich ’89 had some concerns when President Barack Obama asked him to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Australia. “Cutting ribbons and wearing sashes weren’t on my wish list,” Bleich said. “I wanted to make sure the job involved meaningful work geared toward important goals.”
Wish granted. While ambassador from 2009 to 2013, Bleich played a pivotal role in several policy advancements. He has received numerous awards, including the highest civilian honor given by the Director of National Intelligence and the State Department’s top award for a non-career ambassador. Recently, Bleich spoke with Boalt Senior Communications Writer Andrew Cohen about his work as an ambassador and his upcoming presentation. Read more.
Boalt Mourns Loss of Joseph Sax and Henry Ramsey, Jr. '63
Boalt lost two treasured members of its community recently with the deaths of former professors Joseph Sax and Henry Ramsey, Jr. '63. Heralded as the "father of environmental law," Sax died March 9 of complications from strokes. He was 78. Sax began his environmental legal work in the mid-1960s before environmental protection was even recognized as a legal field. He authored the groundbreaking Michigan Environment Protection Act, known the "Sax Act," which identifies natural resources as a public trust that demands protection. The law became the model for similar statutes in a dozen other states and the basis for international environmental law.
Ramsey died March 14 following a stroke. He was 80 years old. A distinguished member of the Boalt family, Ramsey became a Contra Costa County prosecutor and trial lawyer after graduating from law school. He then returned to Boalt, where he was a faculty member from 1971 to 1980. During that time, Ramsey also served on the Berkeley City Council. Later in his career, he served as a judge in the Superior Court of Alameda County, and as dean of Howard University's School of Law. A longtime champion of civil rights and social justice, Ramsey was devoted to public service in many forms.
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