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Trial Team Triumphs

By winning the San Francisco regional of the ABA Labor & Employment Trial Advocacy Competition, Berkeley Law has advanced to the national finals Jan. 24-25 in New Orleans. The victorious students—DeCarol Davis ’17, Stephanie Llanes ’16, Salah Hawkins ’15, and Jerel Dawson ’15—were coached by alums Katie Lubin ’08 and Ivor Samson ’72. The triumph came just two weeks after another Berkeley Law team won the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Tournament of Champions.

Ginsburg ’17 Wins Halloum Negotiation Event >>

Jared Ginsburg ’17 teamed with Haas School of Business student Jamaur Bronner to win the Halloum Negotiation Competition Nov. 6 at Berkeley Law. The annual event allows Berkeley Law and MBA students to finalize a mock transaction under time pressure. Ginsburg and Bronner represented a fictional startup which had patented a valued technology and was being acquired by Microsoft. Jasmin Varjavan ’16 and Haas student Moe Poonja, which represented Microsoft, took second place. In each round, teams negotiated a purchase price and resolved other complex terms such as a no-shop provision, early termination fee, and CEO replacement. (11/20/14)

Stevens ’93, Streeter ’81 Named to Judgeships >>

Thomas Stevens ’93 and Jon Streeter ’81 were appointed to California judgeships in the Alameda County Superior Court and the First District Court of Appeal, respectively. Stevens is chief of the Oakland branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he served for five years as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud Section. Previously, he was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and Skadden Arps. Streeter, who has litigated complex business cases for almost three decades, has been a partner at Keker & Van Nest since 1997. From 1981 to 1996, he worked at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe. (11/14/14)

City of Berkeley Elects Alper to School Board >>

Clinical Professor Ty Alper was elected to the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education on Nov. 4. The associate director of Berkeley Law’s Death Penalty Clinic, Alper finished first among the five candidates with 26.3 percent of the vote. He was elected along with Josh Daniels (25.3 percent) and Karen Hemphill (21.8). Before joining Berkeley Law in 2004, Alper was a staff attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights, where he represented death-row inmates and prisoners in federal class-action litigation. In 2007, he received an Angel Award from California Lawyer for his commitment to pro bono cases. (11/7/14)

Video: Christina Swarns of the NAACP

Christina Swarns is the director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Criminal Justice Project. She spoke on "Post-Racial America: The View from Death Row" at a recent Henderson Center Rutch Chance Lecture. Watch here »

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While affirmative action may stigmatize students from disadvantaged groups, Prasad Krishnamurthy and Aaron Edlin say group-blind admissions is not the remedy. Erasing social inequality-based stereotypes, their paper argues, would perversely require a higher admission standard for marginalized students.

A report co-written by Steven Davidoff Solomon explains why top plaintiff law firms fare better than their peers in class actions challenging M&A deals. Zealous Advocates or Self-Interested Actors? shows how these firms pursue conflicts of interest, file more documents with the court, and bring more significant motions.

When Ferguson erupted over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, Sr. Fellow Richard Rothstein investigated how the town became a segregated black suburb. In The Making of Ferguson, he blames old 20th century government housing and zoning policies, among others, as the root of the town’s troubles.