Reunion Schedule Posted
Save the date for Reunion Weekend 2015, Sept. 19-20, 2015 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 Laura Ann Charlton at email@example.com or (510) 664-9983 for more information.
John Kuo ’88 Wins Justice in Action Award
Boalt Hall graduate John Kuo ’88 was one of three people to win a 2015 Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund at a gala in New York on February 23. Kuo, SVP and General Counsel at Palo Alto-based Varian Medical Systems, was praised for his efforts in promoting diversity by “instilling a culture of inclusion at all levels of his company’s business operations”.
Kuo explained that as an Asian American growing up in rural Texas he and his parents faced racism and prejudice. His personal fight to overcome this adversity set the seeds for his future endeavors in helping the underprivileged see justice and fairness. As Kuo described it, affirmative action “leveled the playing field” and gave him the chance to prove his worth and succeed in making a positive difference in the fight for social justice. Read the full story about Kuo and his fellow honorees here.
Three Boalt Alumnae Help Bring Lead Paint Case to $1.15 Billion Verdict
After a nearly 14 year battle, Sherwin Williams, National Lead, and ConAgra were issued an order to pay $1.15 billion into a fund to remove lead paint from homes throughout California. Accused of promoting lead paint products while having knowledge of their adverse effects on children's health, these companies were tried in court by law firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, where Boalt Hall graduate Nancy Fineman '86 is a partner. Fineman pointed out that this court ruling will stop the externalization of the cost of lead poisoning and that “those who created the nuisance are being responsible to help remedy the problem”.
Also on the case were Santa Clara County Counsel's Greta Hansen '06 and Jenny Lam '08. The assistant county counsel calls the verdict a "vindication of the time and commitment" put forth by all the lawyers, without which justice would not have been reached. Read more here.