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September 2017

Contracts in Space: A Conversation with Komal Sadhwani of NASA

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Space Law Society and Women in Tech Law for a conversation with Komal Sadhwani, an attorney at NASA's Ames Research Center. Komal will discuss her work in contractual space law, including tech transfer; contracts for human exploration, commercial crews, and small satellites; enabling technology for space applications; and working as a woman of color in this field. This event is co-sponsored by BCLT. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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UN Human Rights Practice Course Information Session

Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

"We must be bolder and more creative in order to face up to threats that weigh heavily on civil society as a whole and on every individual fighting for fundamental rights and freedoms."   -Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur The International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) invites you to consider enrolling in a new and exciting experiential opportunity on offer for the fall 2017 semester. Application Deadline: September 15, 2017  Apply at: https://berkeleylaw.wufoo.com/forms/2017-un-human-rights-practice-course/ Course Description This one (1) credit short course,…

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BHCHR (Human Rights) General Meeting

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights for its first general meeting. We will discuss plans for the upcoming year and open leadership positions. Lunch will be served!

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CDO: Careers in Criminal Prosecution

Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us for a panel of Bay Area practitioners who will discuss what it’s like to be a criminal prosecutor working to vindicate the rights of victims and protect public safety.  Panelists will also cover their respective career paths, their offices' internship and post-graduate hiring programs, and share advice to students interested in becoming prosecutors.  1Ls and those new to criminal prosecutorial careers are especially encouraged to attend! We will be joined by: Charly Weissenbach ('13), Deputy District Attorney,…

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Animal Law Society

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Come eat your lunch with like-minded individuals as we plan events for the law school community to raise awareness about animal welfare. Bring your own lunch.

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Boalt Parent Network General Meeting

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Boalt Parent Network would like to invite all parents, caregivers, and prospective parents to our first general meeting of the year. Come bring your lunch and get to know your fellow Boalt parents as well as welcome the new class of Boalt parents. We also will be discussing possible events for the upcoming year.

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October 2017

Kaplan Bar Review Info Session and Introducing Kaplan’s Gift of Knowledge

Monday, October 2, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

FREE FOOD!!! -2L’s, 3L's, LLM's, and 4E's only event INTRODUCING KAPLAN BAR REVIEW'S GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE PROGRAM: -Public Interest Student? Learn how to receive a FREE Course with Kaplan's Gift of Knowledge Program. -Going to a firm paying for your course? Learn how you can help your public interest friends get a FREE course! -Going to a firm with a stipend? Kaplan has the lowest prices on the market! Come learn more about Kaplan Bar Review and see just why…

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November 2017

CDO: Summer Death Penalty Internships in the South

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Looking for a meaningful, powerful, and educational summer experience? Consider working on death penalty cases in the South with the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project.    Each summer, the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project's Southern Internship Program sends Berkeley Law students to do capital defense work across the American South. Working at under-resourced offices, under the supervision of experienced capital defense attorneys, students make real contributions to their clients' cases. Students selected for the 2018 internship program will attend four training sessions in the spring, covering…

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Lunch Talk with Jill Habig of the Public Rights Project

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The American Constitution Society (ACS), Election Law@Boalt (EL@B), the Career Development Office, and the Field Placement Program will be hosting a lunch event with Jill Habig, YLS graduate and founder of the new nonprofit Public Rights Project (PRP). Habig will give a talk about the mission of PRP, the role of attorneys in helping state and local governments defend their citizens from civil rights abuses, and how Berkeley Law Students can get involved. Habig formerly served as the Deputy Campaign…

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January 2018

Animal Law Society general meeting

Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

New Year's Resolution: Help Animals! New and returning members are invited to a general meeting to reflect on what we accomplished last year and plan for great things to happen this year. We have several events to plan and are always interested in new ideas for how we can best serve animals and the law school community. Vegan snacks provided.

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Middle Eastern Law Student Association First General Meeting

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

First general meeting of spring semester to discuss this semester's events. Lunch will be served.  

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February 2018

Lunch & Learn with Professor Bob Berring: Berkeley Law Students & Alumni Through the Years

Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Come learn about Berkeley Law students and alumni through the years with Professor Bob Berring.  Be forewarned, he will be honest and you will be entertained.  This is a brown bag lunch, but snacks and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to recognition-law@berkeley.edu so that we may have enough snacks for all who attend. 

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UCDC Law Program Info Session

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Come learn about the UCDC Law Program and the opportunity to spend a semester earning law school credit while doing legal work in DC. Lunch provided.

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Racial Zoning & Environmental Justice

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

2017 marked one of the deadliest hurricane seasons in history. Unfortunately, communities of color and low-income communities were hit the hardest, in areas such as Houston and Puerto Rico. But these disproportionate impacts are no accident. They are a result of a history of racial zoning and general planning. And as climate change impacts get progressively worse, these communities will need to redress this history to build up climate change resiliency. Please join Students for Economic & Environmental Justice and…

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March 2018

Getting It Right After Getting It Wrong: What Wrongful Convictions Teach Us About Responding to Mistakes

Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Attorney Jon Eldan helps people rebuild their lives after they've spent years - sometimes decades - in prison for crimes they did not commit. Sharing stories from his work, he will focus on what we can learn - as individuals and institutions - from how we respond to mistakes, and opportunities to do better.   Jon Eldan (Berkeley Law '02) is an attorney and the founder of After Innocence, a non-profit in Oakland that provides nationwide re-entry assistance for exonerees…

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Health and Biotech Law Society: Texas v. Azar and the Future of the Affordable Care Act

Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Texas and other states have recently sued the federal government to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In this latest case against the ACA, the states argue the entire law is unconstitutional because the penalty for violating the requirement to buy insurance is not a tax anymore. Professor George Horvath will speak on the states' arguments against the ACA and the future of the ACA. Lunch will be served on a first come, first serve basis. 

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April 2018

Death Penalty Clinic Information Session

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join current Death Penalty Clinic students for a students-only lunch to learn more about the clinic.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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September 2018

[CDO] HUD Careers Info Session

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Trial Attorneys Kathleen Flynn and Allison Santacreu from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of General Counsel will be here to talk about their careers at HUD and to answer your questions about HUD's Legal Honors Program.  For more information about the Legal Honors Program, including a link to application, see: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/general_counsel/legalhonorsprogram.

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CDO: Careers in Criminal Prosecution

Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us for a panel of Bay Area practitioners who will discuss what it’s like to be a criminal prosecutor working to vindicate the rights of victims and protect public safety.  Panelists will also cover their respective career paths, their offices' internship and post-graduate hiring programs, and share advice to students interested in becoming prosecutors. 1Ls and those new to criminal prosecutorial careers are especially encouraged to attend. Panelists TBD.  

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CDO: Careers in Criminal Defense

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a career panel with attorneys from an array of Public Defender offices, including Contra Costa County, Alameda County, Colorado Defenders, and East Bay Family Defenders.  This will be a great chance to learn what it is like to be a public defender and how to pursue a career in public defense work.  Please join us, and bring your questions! 1Ls and those new to criminal defense careers are especially encouraged to attend.  

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[CDO] CA DOJ Info Session

Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Attorneys from the California Dept. of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, will come discuss their careers at the DOJ and answer your questions about the Honors Program.

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Field Placement/Externship Info Session (Away Report Back focused on placements outside the Bay Area)

Monday, September 24, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Come learn from your peers about their experiences doing field placements and externships outside the Bay Area. The Field Placement Program Director and Coordinator will be present to provide information about the Field Placement Program and answer questions. Lunch will be provided.

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CDO: 3Ls: Surviving the PI/PS Job Search

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with recent grads who will share the wisdom they gained from making it through 3L year while looking for a post-grad public interest or government job. If you're not sure what you'll be doing next year, don't miss this opportunity to meet and learn from some new attorneys, now working in great public interest jobs, who were in your shoes last year! Panelists: Miguel Zavala '18 (Legal Aid at Work); TBD  

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CDO: Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellowship Info Session

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) will come share information about their 2019 Justice Fellowship program. Each year, IJC awards two-year fellowships to recent law graduates to provide immigration legal services to low-income individuals and communities. Berkeley Law and UC Hastings students are invited to learn more about this program.

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October 2018

U.S. Navy JAG Corps Info Session

Monday, October 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A representative from the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps will come talk about their upcoming 2018 recruiting cycle. 

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Plaintiff-Side Career Panel: Consumer, Housing, and Employment Justice

Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Plaintiff-Side Career Panel: Consumer, Housing, and Employment Justice Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm. Rm. 240 Please join us for a panel discussion as we host attorneys working on consumer justice and labor/employment issues at Plaintiff-side law firms. Hosted by the Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS), American Constitution Society (ACS), Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law (BJELL), CDO, and the Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice. Join us, and bring your questions! Lunch…

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[CDO] JD Resume Workshop for 1Ls

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Your resume got you into law school, but now it needs to get you an interview. CDO counselors will help you get your resume ready for the legal industry and for the application season! Bring your laptop. This program is intended primarily for 1L J.D. students. For those with class during this time, another session will be held on Friday, October 26 at 10 am in Room 100.

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Gender and Transformative Equality: New Horizons

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Professor Sandra Fredman proposes a transformative understanding of gender equality, requiring attention be paid simultaneously to four dimensions of equality: redressing disadvantage (the distributive dimension); addressing stigma, stereotyping, prejudice and violence (the recognition dimension); facilitating voice and participation (the participative dimension); and accommodating difference and achieving structural change (the transformative dimension). Sandra Fredman is Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA at the University of Oxford. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and became…

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November 2018

Gibson Dunn Presents: Immigration Pro Bono Opportunities in Big Law

Monday, November 5, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Are you interested in pro bono opportunities in Big Law, but not sure what’s out there? Ethan Dettmer and Shaley Jain of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher will be presenting on immigration-related pro bono work that they have engaged in at their firm. Both Mr. Dettmer and Ms. Jain have been recognized for their work in representing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, cities, counties, the UC system and states in Garcia v. USA, a case which challenged Trump's revocation…

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Death Penalty Summer Internships in the South: Keta Taylor Colby Program Info Session

Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Looking for a meaningful, powerful, and educational summer experience? Consider working on death penalty cases in the South with the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project.    Each summer, the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project’s Southern Internship Program sends Berkeley Law students to do capital defense work across the American South. Working at under-resourced offices, under the supervision of experienced capital defense attorneys, students make real contributions to their clients’ cases. Students selected for the 2019 internship program will attend four training sessions in the spring, covering…

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January 2019

Human Rights Center Fellowship Information Session

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The Human Rights Center will share information on its 2019 Fellowship Program, including eligibility, project selection, and the application process. A light lunch will be served.

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Human Rights Center Fellowship Info Session

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Are you interested in working for human rights this summer? The Human Rights Center Fellowship at UC Berkeley provides several $5,000 awards and training for undergraduate, graduate, or graduating students to pursue human rights work with a partner organization of their choice, domestically or internationally, over the summer of 2019. For more information, join Fellowship Coordinator Audrey Whiting on January 16 at 1:00pm in Boalt #240. A light lunch will also be provided. For questions, email hrcfellowships@berkeley.edu.

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March 2019

Solitary Confinement as Torture in U.S. Prisons (Week Against Mass Incarceration)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Solitary confinement is routinely used to further confine and punish those in prison, despite that the U.N. has found extended periods of solitary to constitute torture. A panel of survivors and experts will explore the legal implications and human cost of this practice. Lunch will be served.

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Film Screening of “Juvies” and Panel Discussion with UnCommon Law

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a screening of a "Juvies," a documentary that follows the lives of children sentenced to prison as adults. Afterwards, staff and former clients of UnCommon Law will discuss the impact of incarceration on individuals, communities and the injustices embedded within the system. UnCommon Law represents people serving long prison sentences in their parole hearings and habeas petitions and engages in litigation and policy advocacy to address systemic discrimination in the criminal justice system. Light refreshments will be served.

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BLISS Science, Law & Policy Microsymposium

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Come listen to 5-minute "lightning talks" from various STEM disciplines and discuss how science can inform legal analysis and policy! Dinner will be served. Please RSVP here.

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April 2019

Womxn of Color Collective: Saying NO to Office Housework

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

No to Office Housework: How to Be Our Own Best Advocates Office Housework refers to administrative work that’s important, but often undervalued, not tied to revenue goals and less likely to result in professional advancement. Too often, womxn of color feel the burden of "office housework" more than their colleagues. Inspired by recent articles (See NyTimes and HBR) and personal experiences, this panel will feature womxn lawyers sharing their personal experiences and perspectives on the matter.  Afterward, participants will break out into groups to…

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[CDO] 2Ls: Your Post-Grad Fellowships Action Plan

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

If you are a 2L interested in project-based post-graduate public interest fellowships (or a 3L who may apply for fellowships after a clerkship), this program is for you! These fellowships typically provide 1-2 years of funding for recent graduates to work on a project of their own design. Fellows have done everything from assisting survivors of human trafficking to helping low-income people start businesses. They are one of the best ways to break into the public interest legal world doing…

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*Mandatory* Orientation for Fall 2019 AWAY Field Placements/Judicial Externships

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

This is a MANDATORY orientation for all those who are considering applying for or have already applied for a field placement or judicial externship away from the Bay Area (meaning other parts of California or the United States, or abroad). Lunch will be served. Room 240.

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Report Back: Palestine Trek

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Come learn abut the first-hand experiences of your colleagues that traveled to Israel/Palestine over Spring Break! The mission of Pal Trek is to enrich the perspectives of the next generation of legal, business, political, and civil society leaders and advocates in the U.S.  Lunch will be served while supplies last.

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Female Genital Mutilation: Can Criminalisation Eradicate the Cruel Cut?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us on Tuesday, April 16 for a lunch talk with Barrister Charlotte Proudman. Please RSVP for a lunch by emailing Claudia Alvarenga (calvarenga@law.berkeley.edu).  Charlotte is an award-winning human rights barrister. She represents women and girls in cases of gender-based violence particularly female genital mutilation (FGM). Combining the law and academia, Charlotte is a Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge where she researches FGM jurisprudence in Western nations. She was awarded her Doctorate on FGM law and policy in…

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September 2019

[CDO] Careers in Criminal Prosecution

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us for a panel of Bay Area practitioners who will discuss what it’s like to be a criminal prosecutor working to vindicate the rights of victims and protect public safety.  Panelists will also cover their respective career paths, their offices’ internship and post-graduate hiring programs, and share advice to students interested in becoming prosecutors. 1Ls and those new to criminal prosecutorial careers are especially encouraged to attend. Panelists TBD.

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Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL) Information Session and General Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law is the nation's premier labor and employment journal. BJELL publishes scholarship on a wide breadth issues ranging from artificial intelligence to human trafficking to the #metoo movement and is frequently cited by courts and practitioners alike. The journal also connects its members with notable practitioners, selects five members for $2,000 grants, and hosts a variety of social events. This semester, we will be hosting a retreat to a Sonoma County estate and…

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[CDO] CA DOJ Info Session

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Attorneys from the California Dept. of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, will come discuss their careers at the DOJ and answer your questions about the Honors Program.

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U.S. Army JAG Corps Info Session

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Do you have an interest in the JAG Corps/Military Law? Tristan de Vega, CPT, JA, Appellate Attorney in the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency will be here for an info session on U.S. Army JAG Corps. Bring your lunch and questions. **The CDO and Berkeley Law are strongly committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all persons and to respecting the gender identity of every student. The Trump Administration’s policy of excluding transgender people from military service is antithetical…

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[CDO/ADP]: 2L/3L/LLM Advanced Professional Development Training – Mindset and Goal-Setting

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

As a soon-to-be attorney, one of the most important things you can do is be intentional about how you transition into the practice of law. Law students who spend time thinking about their professional goals, mapping out action steps, and adopting a proactive mindset BEFORE they enter practice equip themselves with the tools and experience they need to move into the first phase of their career with confidence.  Join us for the first of a multi-workshop series designed to focus…

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October 2019

Publishing Workshop Information Session

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Each year the law school offers a 1-credit course in the spring semester designed to assist student writers in developing a publishable piece of legal scholarship. The Publishing Workshop helps a small group of students receive detailed and continued feedback from a professor and peers on a paper that a student has already written.  If you're interested in taking part in the Workshop, please consider attending this lunch meeting which will include important upcoming deadlines, information and resources for developing…

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HEAR Training – New Pro Bono Project!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Looking for ways to engage with the community? Affect Policy? Learn about administrative law? Join the Hub for Equity and Administrative Representation (HEAR), a new student-led pro bono project that matches interested students with community partners to comment on proposed regulations that affect the public interest. RSVP HERE.

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An Economy Under Siege: Building Socialism and Solidarity with Cuba Today

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Jourdy Victoria James Heredia received her PhD in Economic Sciences from the University of Havana and her PhD in Economic Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She is the subdirector and lead researcher of the Global Economy Research Center in Havana, Cuba and Associate Professor at the University of Havana. She is a member of the editorial group of Cuba's World Economic Issues Journal and of the Foreign Policy Experts group organized by Cuba's Higher Institute…

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Fifth Annual Halloween Trick or Treat

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The Families at Berkeley Law (previously Boalt Parents Network) is hosting its Fifth Annual Trick-or-Treating event on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. The event is open to all. There will be games and snacks in Room 240 starting at 4PM, and then at 4:30PM, a procession of trick-or-treaters would love to visit administrative and faculty offices.

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November 2019

CDO: Death Penalty Summer Internships in the South: Keta Taylor Colby Program Info Session

Monday, November 4, 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Looking for a meaningful, powerful, and educational summer experience? Consider working on death penalty cases in the South with the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project.    Each summer, the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project’s Southern Internship Program sends Berkeley Law students to do capital defense work across the American South. Working at under-resourced offices, under the supervision of experienced capital defense attorneys, students make real contributions to their clients’ cases. Students selected for the 2019 internship program will attend four training sessions in the spring, covering…

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February 2020

[Pro Bono] Voter Protection Training with Asian Law Caucus

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Students, staff, and faculty who plan to engage in election monitoring pro bono work with the Asian Law Caucus must attend this mandatory training.

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[Federalist Society] School Choice vs. State Blaine Amendments: Separation of Church and State or Anti-Catholic Bigotry?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us for a conversation with Jordan Lorence on the topic of school choice and the obstacles placed to it by state "Blaine Amendments" banning aid to "sectarian" schools. Lunch will be provided!

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March 2020

A Community Conversation on Policing

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Restorative Justice Committee invites you to join us in a community conversation on policing. Using a restorative circle format, we will discuss the impact of policing on members of our community and envision together what safety means to us. This event is part of the National Lawyers Guild's Week Against Mass Incarceration. Lunch will be served.

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