Media Advisory

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Reporters covering politics and the presidential election

Sept. 21 roundtable to grade President Obama

WHAT: "The Obama Report Card," a political roundtable being hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law).

Democratic and Republican pundits will debate the impact of President Obama’s first four years in office at an event that is sure to generate verbal fireworks. Roundtable panelists will grade the president’s performance on issues including ‘Obamacare,’ the economy, education reform and the war in Afghanistan.

Panelists on both sides of the aisle will also weigh the impact of these issues on the presidential campaign as the election swings into high gear.­­

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.

WHO: The roundtable will be moderated by Christopher Edley, dean of Berkeley Law; former domestic policy adviser in former President Jimmy Carter's White House; special counsel to former President Bill Clinton and leading member of the 2008 Obama transition team. Panelists will be:

· Jennifer Granholm, distinguished practitioner of law and public policy at UC Berkeley, host of The War Room on Current TV and former Michigan governor

· Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of public policy at UC Berkeley and former U.S. secretary of labor

· Dan Schnur, political strategist and former director of communications for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign

· Pete Wilson, former governor of California, Berkeley Law Class of ’62, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and former chairman of Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign.

DETAILS: Reporters interested in covering the roundtable should RSVP to Susan Gluss, deputy director of communications at Berkeley Law, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu. The event is free for journalists. General admission tickets are available online. Tickets are $50 for adults and $35 for students.

The roundtable is co-sponsored by Current TV and is one in a series of fundraising events to celebrate Berkeley Law’s centennial. The School of Jurisprudence was founded 100 years ago with a goal of becoming one of the best law schools in the country. Today, Berkeley Law is a top 10 school with internationally renowned faculty, outstanding students and accomplished alumni.