In many circles, using the law for good has become a tired cliché. But at Berkeley Law’s annual Citation Award Dinner on Oct. 20, that ethos stood out as the honorees’ connective thread.
Feted at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, Michele Roberts ’80 and John Phillips ’69 each won a Citation Award—the law school’s highest honor—which recognizes exceptional contributions to the bar, the bench, legal scholarship, and the world. Roberts is the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, Phillips is the U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino. Professor Emerita Eleanor Swift received the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors the contributions and accomplishments of an exemplary Berkeley Law faculty member. East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) Executive Director Tirien Steinbach ’99 received the Young Alumni Award, given to a graduate from the past 15 years who has made significant contributions through professional, charitable, or other public service activities. Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California, provided the keynote address.
On September 19 & 20, more than 650 graduates of Berkeley Law came to the law school for an exciting Alumni Weekend. Some of the highlights included: Dean Choudhry’s State of the School address, outlined the four key pillars for Berkeley Law; hearing from three brilliant iconic figures in the legal world–our very own professors Jesse Choper and Bob Cole, plus Theodore Olson ‘65–about updates on the Supreme Court; witnessing the distinguished Jules Bonjour ‘66 honored at the Jensen Award Luncheon; reflecting on a 1968 Oakland Death Penalty Trial and its connections to what we face in this post-Ferguson era; participating in a walking tour of Berkeley Law which included “surprise” guests Professors Bob Berring, Richard Buxbaum, and Herma Hill Kay; and watching an inspiring video featuring a day in the life of a student. See our photo gallery here.