Diversity News 1L Blake Danser: ‘The military isn’t out to crush anybody who’s different’First-year law student Blake Danser wants to help low-income communities, like the one he grew up in, and share his experience of what it’s like to be transgender and a veteran. Custom Fit: Michelle Kim ’18 Finds Ideal Match with Patti Legal FellowshipThe fellowship’s second recipient is eager to help the university advance its commitment to diversity and social justice. Four Alums from Law Students of African Descent Group Take Entrepreneurial LeapDemi Williams ’12, Liên Payne ’13, Jazmine Smalley ’13, and Titilayo Tinubu Ali ’13 veer outside the conventional lawyer path in unique and gratifying ways. Berkeley Law Welcomes Stellar Group of New Faculty MembersThe school’s new faculty bring top credentials and a huge range of practice-area and doctrinal expertise. Supreme Influence: Two Professors Cited Recently by Nation’s Highest CourtA paper by Sonia Katyal and an amicus brief and article by Tejas Narechania were cited in dissents by Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Pathway for PatriotsExpanded programming, a new scholarship fund campaign, and a strong veterans law practicum signal meaningful momentum. Napolitano Headlines Kickoff Event for Women in Business Law InitiativeThe new quarterly roundtable series provides valuable insights and concrete tips for women in the business law sector. UCDC Law Program Provides Students With Key Skills, Helpful NetworksThe collaborative program, with students from five UC law schools, offers an immersive semester working at a government agency, nonprofit, or advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. Academic Empowerment Program Eases Transition for Students of ColorLed by Berkeley Law students, the initiative provides support for key law-school skills, mentorship, and community-building sessions. Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies Receives $1 Million GrantThe donation will allow the institute to think bigger and more creatively. Student Group Confronts Growing Food Insecurity on CampusThe Food Justice Project helps Berkeley students obtain monthly food benefits, and assists rejected applicants with their appeals. Students Travel to Tijuana to Provide Legal Help for Migrants Seeking AsylumBerkeley Law’s Pro Bono Program sponsors a transformative trip for 10 students over winter break. New Class Tries to Make the Law a Better Fit for the Minority CommunityTaught in Spanish by lecturer Fernando Flores, ‘Representing Spanish-speaking Clients’ focuses on language, culture, and emotional intelligence. Leading Prisoners’ Rights Advocate Jane Kahn ’83 Dies at 64Kahn played a key role in California court rulings that improved care for inmates with mental health conditions and reduced prison overcrowding. Students Help Power New ‘Keep Oakland Housed’ InitiativeThe collaborative program provides legal, financial, and supportive services to preserve tenancies and prevent evictions. Rachel Johnson-Farias ’12 Back to Lead Center on Reproductive Rights & JusticeThe center’s new executive director describes its priorities and challenges in a Q&A. Two Decades Later: Assessing Prop 209’s Impact on Legal Education in CaliforniaA Berkeley Law conference explores the proposition’s major impact on legal education, minority students, and campus racial dynamics. African-American Editors-in-chief Bring New Perspectives to Student JournalsThe five journal leaders reflect the growing diversity within Berkeley Law, and within its African-American community. Four Students, All Raised by Immigrant Parents, Help Detainees in TexasBrenda Munoz ’19, Kiki Tapiero ’20, Elvia Lopez ’19, and Katie Gonzalez ’19 spent a week conducting intakes and providing guidance. Melissa Montenegro ’18 Receives Inaugural Christopher M. Patti Legal FellowshipPatti, who died last year, worked at UC’s Office of the General Counsel and as Berkeley’s chief campus counsel. Program Expands Access to Law for Disadvantaged High School StudentsThe program provides paid law-related internships and classes that integrate a legal curriculum with life and leadership skills. Music to Their Ears: Students Spur Juvenile Fees Victory in New OrleansA Berkeley Law clinic’s yearlong effort prods the South’s first court to stop charging administrative fees to families of youth in the juvenile system. Expanding School Initiative Confronts Gender Gap in Corporate AmericaIt aims to increase business law opportunities for female students through programs, mentoring, and connections. Berkeley Law Places Most Equal Justice Works Fellows for Second Straight YearThe coveted two-year fellowship supports promising lawyers who develop innovative projects serving low-income populations. Incoming 1L Wins ‘One Lawyer Can Change the World’ ScholarshipOscar Sarabia Roman and two Berkeley Law classmates were among 10 finalists chosen from more than 1,200 entries. Talented Trio: Top Law School Honors Given to Ta ’03, Cooter, Nellis ’66They were honored with the annual Young Alumni Award, Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award, and Citation Award, respectively. Class of 2018 Sets School Records for Judicial Clerkship PlacementsMore than 40 percent of those who secured clerkships worked last summer in public-service positions. Berkeley Law Claims Highest Number of Latham Fellowships, ScholarshipsFive students are chosen for the coveted positions: Sanjana Parkih ’20, Lana El-Farra ’20, Djenab Conde ’19, Andrew Huang ’19, and Jack Siddoway ’19. Youth Justice Experts Target Reforms to Increase Equity, Lower RecidivismPublic- and private-sector panelists call for more prosecutor discretion, police accountability, and restorative justice programs. Monitoring #MeToo: Unique Event Tracks Sexual Harassment WorldwideAt a recent Berkeley Law conference, managers, lawyers, scholars, and HR professionals discuss the movement’s global progress and challenges. With Two Recent Awards in Tow, Jeffrey Selbin Discusses His Clinical PassionThe director of Berkeley Law’s Policy Advocacy Clinic is honored for his effective, community-driven teaching and research. Former Prisoner Credits Mei-Wah Lee ’18, Zahraa Hadi ’18 for His Release on ParoleWorking with Berkeley Law’s Post-Conviction Advocacy Project, Lee and Hadi painstakingly helped Chris Deragon prepare for his parole hearing. Speaking Their Language: Students Help Central Valley EntrepreneursBerkeley Law’s New Business Practicum expands its Spanish services in person, over the phone, and on the air. Shelby Nacino ’18, Alison Ganem ’18 Honored for Stellar Clinical AdvocacyThe students were hailed for their work ethic and legal acumen at Berkeley Law’s East Bay Community Law Center and Death Penalty Clinic, respectively. Berkeley Law Joins Program to Help Diversify Law Schools, Legal ProfessionAnchored in 27 California community colleges, the initiative works to funnel more underrepresented students toward law school. Southern Exposure: Micah West ’13, Other Alums Shine at Major Civil Rights GroupGraduates at the Southern Poverty Law Center gain victories in areas such as debtors’ prisons, immigration, and voting rights. Major Gift Launches New Berkeley Center for Consumer Law and Economic JusticeLaunched by a major gift from renowned litigator Elizabeth Cabraser ’78, the center is the first of its kind among top-tier law schools. Berkeley Law Hosts National Convening to Confront Juvenile System Fines, FeesLawyers, researchers, and advocates discuss best practices and strategies for abolishing these regressive charges nationwide. Djenab Conde ’19 Breaks New Ground at California Law ReviewKnown as a well-rounded and respected leader, she is believed to be the journal’s first African-American editor-in-chief. Two New Student-led Projects Create More Opportunities for Hands-on Pro Bono WorkThe Homelessness Service Project and Boalt Police Review Project hit the ground running to help community members in need. Driving Diversity: Berkeley Law Lab Accelerates Research Projects, TrainingsLed by Professor Victoria Plaut, the lab highlights the implications of incorporating diversity and inclusion in businesses, legal institutions, and schools. Symposium: Legal Implications of a New AdministrationThe event tackled issues ranging from immigration and domestic surveillance to women’s rights and race relations. New Book Tackles Workplace Race and Gender DiscriminationProfessor Lauren Edelman ’86 shows how symbolic anti-discrimination policies are increasingly seen as proof of compliance with civil rights laws. High School Group Gains Inspiration, Insights from Berkeley Law StudentsThe students offer advice and share empowering legal knowledge in classroom sessions on 4th Amendment and immigration issues. Legal Clinic Combats Landlord Abuse in Oakland’s ChinatownLaura Lane ’96 and Lindsey Quock ’17 stop an apparent push to drive low-income Chinese immigrants out of their rent-controlled building. Stephanie Llanes ’16 and Classmates Awarded National FellowshipsLlanes and 11 other members of her class were selected for coveted opportunities to launch their social justice careers. New Faculty Additions Excited to Join Berkeley Law, Eager to Get StartedAngela Onwuachi-Willig and Tejas Narechania cite the school’s collegial culture and collaborative environment as major selling points. In Book, States of Dependency, Karen Tani Traces New Deal Welfare ProgramsKaren Tani’s book traces New Deal welfare programs across four decades. Social Justice Stars: Lupe Aguirre ’16, Evelyn Rangel-Medina ’16 Win Diaz AwardBoth students demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and a passion for protecting immigrant communities.