The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) is the hub of Berkeley Law's research and teaching on the impact of law on business and the U.S. and global economies.

Fundamentals of Banking Law

October 8-10, 2014                                                 
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

In collaboration with the Boston University School of Law, BCLBE is pleased to announce the sponsorship of Fundamentals of Banking Law (formerly Banking Law Basics), an intensive 2½ day program designed to familiarize participants with the basics of banking law, including the critical policies, concepts and regulations that have shaped 150 years of banking law from the passage of the 1863 National Bank Act to the present. Agenda>  Website>

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 19 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.


Managing Tax Audits and Appeals

October 23-24, 2014
San Francisco

In collaboration with Crowell & Moring, this two day seminar will discuss current issues that impact the tax audit process. Designed for those with an interest in tax controversies, this seminar will enable corporate and tax executives to expand their knowledge of key features of the audit process and to focus on opportunities to improve an audit’s outcome through proper management at the early stages and during the administrative appeals process. The focus will be on current developments in the audit and appeals process.

Speakers will include attorneys from Crowell & Moring, government representatives, and academics who will address emerging issues relating to National Appeals Office developments, large case audits, transfer pricing audits, and recent legislative changes relating to tax procedure and administration. Preliminary Agenda>

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 10 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.


BCLBE is currently looking for an Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations to work closely with the BCLBE Executive Director and the Berkeley Law development team to secure grants and gifts to support BCLBE's research, education, and policy activities. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team at Berkeley Law. Go to Berkeley Jobs and search #16419 (no registration required).

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