Citation Award Dinner

  The 50th Annual Citation Award Dinner

Friday, September 30, 2011
6:00 pm Reception; 7:00 pm Dinner
The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Join alumni, faculty, students, and friends for our annual celebration of the accomplishments of the BerkeleyLaw / Boalt Hall community.  In this special 50th anniversary year of the event, the Boalt HAll Alumni Association honors Pat Herron '64 and Jess Jackson '55 with Boalt's highest honor, the Citation Award; Kathleen Vanden Heuvel '86 with the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award; and Mitch Zuklie '96 with the Young Alumnus Award; plus special recognition of Richard Buxbaum '53 for his 50 years at Boalt.

Tickets for the evening are $175 per person and include a hosted reception with wine and hors d'oevres, a three-course dinner, live music, and participation in kicking off Boalt's Centennial Year with exciting first-ever silent and live auctions in support of student financial aid. For pictures of the evening, please click here!

 Our honorees:

Jess S. Jackson (1930 – 2011), J.D. '55


Jess Stonestreet Jackson, Boalt Hall Class of 1955, is the recipient of the 2011 Citation Award.  Jess was an accomplished lawyer, visionary winemaker and businessman, outspoken reformer and philanthropist.  After graduating from Boalt, Jackson worked as a land-use attorney in San Francisco for almost two decades. The law firm he founded went on to argue several cases before the Supreme Court. He started the Kendall-Jackson wine business in 1974 as a second career, and in 1983 his wine won the first double Platinum Award ever presented by the American Wine Competition. Known for his iconoclastic approach to business, Jackson became one of the world's most successful self-made men by taking chances in business, from single-handedly popularizing Chardonnay wine in America, to pursuing his life-long passion for farming, horse breeding and racing that led him to owning two of the most famous racehorses in the last decade. A one-time longshoreman and police officer who put himself through Boalt Hall, Jackson became one of the best-known figures in American viticulture as the founder of Jackson Family Wines, a winery holding company that now owns and operates more than 35 individual wineries located around the world. In recent years, Jackson's passion for farming and horses led him to great success in horse breeding and racing with two of his horses named Horse of the Year since 2007. An outspoken leader in racing reform, Jackson campaigned for a new equine transaction law in Kentucky that was passed in 2006. Jackson had a great affection for the law school and for his classmates. In 2005, he hosted a memorable 50th reunion weekend for the Class of 1955 at his estate in Geyserville. He often spoke of his passion for the law and his deep appreciation for the value of legal education he received at Boalt. As philanthropists, he and his wife Barbara Banke quietly donated millions of dollars in support of many charitable organizations. Jackson passed away on April 21, 2011 and is survived by his wife, Barbara Banke, his five children, and two grandchildren.


E. Patricia Herron, J.D. ‘64

Pat Herron is a retired Contra Costa County Superior Court judge.  She grew up on the East Coast and went on to become an educator, lawyer, private judge, co-owner of a vineyard, as well as spending time in a convent.  After her first career which included a stint as assistant dean at Stanford University, Pat enrolled at Berkeley Law.  Following graduation, she went into private practice as the managing partner of a small firm, where she worked on cases ranging from corporate, real estate and family  law.  Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to the bench in 1977, and in 1980, her peers elected her to presiding judge of Contra Costa County, where she was widely respected for her fairness and acumen.  After retiring, Pat became a private judge with the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services.  As a co-owner of Barricia Vineyards in Sonoma County since 1978, she learned to drive a tractor, prune the vines and check the leaves for virus.  Pat’s considerable support  of Berkeley Law has included contributions to the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, the Berkeley Law Center on Health, Economic & Family Security, as well as to the Boalt Hall Fund .  She has also gifted her time to the law school, serving  on both on the board of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association and reunion committees.  For her significant philanthropic  support of Berkeley Law, Pat was named as a Builder of Berkeley in 2008.


Mitchell  Zuklie, J.D. ‘96


Mitchell Zuklie, the recipient of the 2011 Young Alumni Award, is Managing Partner for Orrick's 600-lawyer Transactional Group (the firm's Corporate, Global Finance, Public Finance, Real Estate, Restructuring, Compensation and Benefits and Tax practice groups).  He focuses on the formation, financing and corporate counseling of technology businesses and has completed several hundred venture capital financings and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and technology licensing transactions. Mitch has been cited as a leading lawyer in a number of practice area directories including Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America.  In addition, he has spoken on numerous topics sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute and in 2011 was named as one of the top 25 clean-tech lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. Mitch and his family’s outstanding commitment to Berkeley Law includes the establishment of the Holly and Mitchell ’96 Zuklie Law Student Excellence Award.  In addition, he has supported the Boalt Hall Fund numerous times since his graduation and is currently the co-chair of his reunion committee.


Kathleen Vanden Heuvel, J.D.’86


This year’s reciepient of the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award is Kathleen Vanden Heuvel.  Kathleen is Berkeley Law’s Associate Dean of Captial Projects and the Director of the Law Library, as well as a professor at the school.  Not only did she receive her JD from Berkeley but also her B.A. and her M.L.I.S.  She has been a librarian at Boalt since 1986 and was named deputy director of the law library in 1992. In 1995-96 she was the Librarian Fellow at the Townsend Center for the Humanities and received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Librarian Award in 1999. Under her guidance as Dean of Capital Projects, the law school broke new ground and completed the 52,000 square-foot South Addition, which encompasses the new law library and academic building. Kathleen  is active in the area of intellectual property law and its intersection with libraries and information access and delivery.   She has been a dedicated supporter of the Boalt Hall Fund.


Richard Buxbaum, LL.M ‘53


Richard Buxbaum, Professor Emeritus and Faculty Director of the Miller Institute for Global Challenges & the Law, is recognized this year for 50 years of extraordinary service to Berkeley Law.   Dick practiced law in Rochester, New York, and with the U.S. Army before joining the Boalt faculty in 1961. He publishes in the fields of corporation law and comparative and international economic law, and from 1987 to 2003 was editor in chief of the American Journal of Comparative Law. Buxbaum founded and was the first chair of UC Berkeley's Center for German and European Studies and Center for Western European Studies. From 1993 to 1999, he was dean of international and area studies at UC Berkeley. Dick was the first director of the Earl Warren Legal Institute at Berkeley, serving from 1969 to 1974. He has also served on various state and national committees engaged in the drafting and review of corporate and securities legislation. He is contributing editor to a variety of U.S. and foreign professional journals and has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Michigan, Cologne, Frankfurt, Münster and Sydney. Dick is a member of the Council on Foreign Affairs, the American Law Institute and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. 

We thank these generous sponsors for their support:

Major Sponsor  $25,000
Jackson Family Wines

Sponsor  $15,000
Pat Herron '64
Borden Price '50

Partner  $5,000
Fenwick & West
William Lerach
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
Orrick Herington & Sutcliffe

Contributor   $2,500
Bartko Zankel Tarrant & Miller
Crowell & Moring
Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh
Hunt Construction Group
Pacific Gas & Electric
McManis Faulkner
Paul Hastings
Ratcliff Architects
Michael '66 and Jane Tigar

Sponsorships are available and will be recognized in publicity, by VIP dinner seating, with displays in the program, and throughout our Centennial Year celebrations.

Click here to participate in supporting Boalt as a:
$50,000  Presenting Sponsor
$25,000  Major Sponsor
$15,000  Sponsor
$10,000  Patron
$5,000  Partner
$2,500  Contributor

Please contact the Alumni Center at or at 510.642.2590 if you have questions.