Alumni News Browse stories about the many ways that Berkeley Law alumni are engaged with their school and the world. 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. Policy Advocacy Clinic Students Driving Force Behind Nevada Youth Justice BillThanks to the initiative of two Policy Advocacy Clinic students, Nevada families will no longer have to pay thousands of dollars for everything from food to a public defender when they have a child in the juvenile delinquency system. Pathway for PatriotsExpanded programming, a new scholarship fund campaign, and a strong veterans law practicum signal meaningful momentum. Berkeley Judicial Institute Event Explores Human Side of JudgingThe June 19 event featured a diverse set of judges who described some of the major challenges facing those who serve on the bench. Climate ControlThe nation’s third-ranked environmental law program ramps up an already robust set of climate initiatives. #MeToo Conference Draws Packed Crowd and Panelists from Around the WorldThe Berkeley Law event assessed the movement’s progress and identified strategies for combating sexual harassment and violence. Marine’s Mission Ends with a Berkeley Graduation and a Family ReunitedAdrian Kinsella (J.D. ’15, LL.M. ’19) celebrates the journey that took him from Afghanistan to Berkeley Law, and now Sacramento, helping many along the way. Stately Performance: Berkeley Law Duo Sweeps California Moot Court CompetitionSebastien Wadier ’20 and Jenna Zhang ’20 won the event’s best brief and best oral argument awards. Living the American Dream: Alumna and FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams ’02McWilliams shared her remarkable career journey during a lunchtime presentation to Berkeley Law students. 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. Andrew Bradt Wins Annual Rutter Award for Teaching DistinctionStudents describe Bradt, a leading expert on federal multidistrict litigation, as a “brilliant instructor” and an “invaluable mentor.” 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. Cover to Cover: Another Prolific Year of Books from Berkeley Law FacultyDean Erwin Chemerinsky emceed the annual gathering to celebrate books written by the school’s prolific faculty over the past year. Professor Richard Buxbaum’s Amazing Teaching Career Still Going StrongA Berkeley Law educator since 1961, Buxbaum has helped navigate many hot-button campus issues over the past several decades. Supreme Accomplishment: Alumni Trio to Clerk at Nation’s Highest CourtJordan Bock ’17, Matt Rice ’16, and Anuradha Sivaram ’14 will clerk for Justices Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, and Sonia Sotomayor respectively. Spilling the Beans: Insider Insights from Starbucks’ General CounselRachel Gonzalez ’95 discusses moving in-house from Big Law and the challenges of working for an iconic global company. New Scholarship Campaign Signals Growing Military and Veteran PresenceGrowing military and veteran students and programming increases diversity while debunking stereotypes. 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. Startup Law Initiative Gives 1Ls Early Experience with New VenturesThe expanding student-run program helps to incorporate new businesses led by low-income and minority founders. Clinic, Center Safeguard Human Rights Close to Home and Around the WorldThe International Human Rights Law Clinic and Human Rights Center fight injustice through litigation, policy suggestions, advocacy, research, and science-based investigations. Students Help Power New ‘Keep Oakland Housed’ InitiativeThe collaborative program provides legal, financial, and supportive services to preserve tenancies and prevent evictions. The Negotiators: Law, Business Students Join Forces in Halloum CompetitionKurt Kurzenhauser ’19, Elizabeth Hall ’20, and their business school teammates shine in a compelling final-round negotiation. Sustainability Week Convenes Corporate, Investment, Nonprofit, Academic LeadersThe event signals how companies are increasingly prioritizing positive societal contributions along with shareholder profits. 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. Clinic Suit Spurs Oakland to Repeal Public Housing Loitering OrdinanceFiled by the East Bay Community Law Center and four partner organizations, the suit also addresses other harmful policing practices on public housing property. Top Scholars Honor Legacy of David Caron ’83 at International Law ConferenceCaron, who spent 26 years at Berkeley Law, held leading roles as a professor, scholar, dean, arbitrator, and judge. Ansel Carpenter ’20, Emily Miller ’20 Win Legal Research & Writing AwardsBoth taught by Professor of Legal Writing Lucinda Sikes, the students each received a $2,500 prize and a certificate. Judge Week Gives Students Valuable Insights on Clerkships and BeyondJudges confer with students in one-on-one meetings, classroom visits, and panel discussions. Clinic Study Details How Business Districts Target Homeless PeopleThe report explains how these districts have expanded in number and power while excluding the homeless from public spaces. 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. Four Score: Standout Quartet Joins Berkeley Law FacultyFrank Partnoy, Seth Davis, and Erik Stallman ’03 have begun teaching at the school, with Rebecca Wexler to join next year. Major Gift, Matching Challenge to Help Death Penalty Clinic Expand Its ReachInspired by his daughter’s experience at the clinic, Ken Stevens helps fund its clinical supervising attorney position. 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. Making Their Mark: American Law Institute Elects Professor Tyler, Five AlumsTyler is one of 26 Berkeley Law faculty members of the institute, which helps clarify the law and improve how it’s administered. 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. Racing ForwardClinic leaders, faculty scholars, and student advocates work to level the playing field within America’s legal institutions. Center Director Appointed to California Ocean Protection CouncilJordan Diamond joins effort to maintain healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems and recommend law and policy reforms. 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. Inspired Campaign Names Classroom for Professor Jesse ChoperFriends share fond memories of Choper during a heartwarming ceremony dedicating Classroom 130 in his name. 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. 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. Judges, Scholars Hail Professor Amanda Tyler’s Seminal Book on Habeas CorpusSymposium examines the history and enduring challenges of the longtime safeguard against unlawful detention. Service Minded: Military Veterans Help Fellow Vets Secure Judicial ClerkshipsPast clerks pay it forward by providing strategies and insights for other veterans who want similar experience. Berkeley Law Professor Emeritus David Caron ’83 Passes Away at 65A prominent international law scholar, judge, and arbitrator, Caron taught at Berkeley Law for 26 years. 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. Former LL.M. Students Honor Memory of Classmate’s Infant SonThey funded a well that serves a poor community in Pakistan and bears the name of the late son of Mustafa Farooq ’16. Berkeley Law Dominates Privacy Papers For Policymakers AwardsChetan Gupta ’16 LL.M. and Professors Paul Schwartz, Kenneth Bamberger, and Deirdre Mulligan are recognized for their seminal privacy scholarship. From Student to Mayor, Ed Lee Maintained Strong Connection with UC BerkeleyFrom his days as a young law student living on Blake Street to his time as the mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee was deeply connected to UC Berkeley’s community. Longtime Federal Appeals Court Judge Harry Pregerson ’50 Dies at 94An ardent protector of the underprivileged, Pregerson spent 50 years on the bench, 36 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Experts Differ on How to Best Solve Criminal Justice CrisesDaylong conference tackles issues including police tactics, race relations, violent crime, and the marijuana legislation debate. Berkeley Law Ramps Up Push to Fill Legal Services Needs in Rural AreasThe New Business Practicum and a fledgling course are providing vital help in the Central Valley and a potential career option for students. Lueck-Mammen ’19, Kosmo ’19 Win CEB Legal Research and Writing AwardThe annual award honors the top briefs submitted by first-year students in a hypothetical case. New: Semester at The Hague for Students Pursuing International LawBerkeley Law launches a new program at The Hague for students pursuing a career in international law. Renowned Judge Thelton Henderson ’62 Returns to Berkeley to Work with StudentsAfter 37 years on the federal bench, Henderson takes on a new role as a distinguished visitor. New California Bar President Michael Colantuono ’88 Eager to Drive ReformsColantuono plans to help increase transparency and improve relations with the state legislature. Eleven African-American Students and Alumni Nab Prestigious Federal ClerkshipsRecord number reflects concerted effort by faculty, staff, and alumni to help offset the lack of racial diversity in America’s judicial chambers. Edward Tom Reflects on Joyful 30-Year Ride as Dean of AdmissionsThrough various deans and challenges, Tom has continually delivered exceptional and engaging students to Berkeley Law. Incoming Faculty Cite New Berkeley Law Colleagues as Powerful DrawAbbye Atkinson, Adam Badawi ’03, and Joy Milligan begin their new positions this week, with Frank Partnoy to join the school in 2018. Innovative Partnership Brings Positive Change for Bay Area YouthEducation advocates at Berkeley Law collaborate with local public defenders to help vulnerable minors. David Estrada ’93 Shows Uncanny Knack for Fueling Technological ChangeFrom YouTube and Google X to Lyft and Kitty Hawk, Estrada has helped usher in a host of transformative technologies. Gold Standard: Berkeley Law Lands Most Equal Justice Works Fellowships in NationSix recent graduates who received the prestigious two-year fellowship will serve low-income populations in California, Texas, and New York. Fighting Hate: Anh Truong ’00 Deals Blow to White Supremacist GangThe Los Angeles prosecutor steered a multi-agency effort that led to a major award from the Anti-Defamation League. JD, LLM Students Shine in Major Advocacy CompetitionsA growing roster of student participants and volunteer coaches yield impressive results. Saving Lives: Death Penalty Clinic Marks 15th AnniversaryThe clinic has earned a national reputation for diligent, effective work on behalf of indigent capital defendants. Clinic Leads National Effort to End Discriminatory Juvenile Justice FeesA new major grant fuels momentum for Policy Advocacy Clinic to extend its work on the issue. Alumni and Student Land Plum DOJ PositionsSix Berkeley Law alums and one student selected for the prestigious program learn their offers will be honored despite announcements of a governmental hiring freeze. Responding to Gender-Based Violence in Greece’s Refugee CampsHuman Rights Center works to coordinate and improve the response to gender-based violence in Greece’s refugee camps. Professor Scheiber’s New Book Tracks Rise of California Supreme CourtThe book documents the court’s compelling history and far-reaching impact on California’s cultural, socio-economic and political landscape. Big Day for M&A: Top Experts to Assess One of Law’s Hottest AreasMore than 300 people will convene Jan. 30 for a forum co-sponsored by the law school’s Berkeley Center for Law and Business. Death Penalty Clinic Alums Achieve Landmark Court VictoriesMark Feeser ’07 and Van Swearingen ’08 each score major court triumphs that have significant implications for prisoners. California’s Highest Court Takes Center StageBerkeley Law’s California Constitution Center to co-present a daylong conference on the state Supreme Court. Alums Miller and Kentfield Land Coveted Supreme Court ClerkshipsStarting in July, Miller will clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas and Kentfield for Justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg. Coast Guards: Assessing Best Strategies for California’s CoastlineExperts convene at Berkeley Law to tackle wide-ranging challenges facing the coast. New Study of Welfare Family Caps Emboldens Anti-Poverty AdvocatesA new report highlights the flaws in the “welfare family cap,” a policy that denies additional cash aid for babies born into families already receiving financial assistance. Startup@BerkeleyLaw Helps New Ventures Take FlightThe initiative’s busy first year dramatically expands student training opportunities. 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. Alumni Reunion Weekend 2016: Panels, Tours, Tailgate and MoreAlumni and faculty experts will tackle the future of juvenile courts, the state of the U.S. Supreme Court and law’s role in encouraging entrepreneurship in the startup world. 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. Law Program Delivers Valuable Training to Disadvantaged TeensInternships and classes at Berkeley Law offer meaningful experience and integrate a legal curriculum with life skills and leadership development activities. Jon Eldan ’02 Starts Nonprofit to Help Exonerees Navigate New Lives“In most cases, we just turn our backs and leave them to suffer the consequences of wrongful conviction for the rest of their lives.” 2016 Transcript Magazine Details Berkeley Law’s Expanded Hands-On Learning ProgramsBy creating more opportunities for hands-on learning, Berkeley Law gives its students an edge. Mock Trial? Elementary, for These Fifth GradersWhat started as a before-school enrichment program evolved into a meaningful connection between Berkeley Law and one of its neighboring public elementary schools. Clinic Gains Key Victory for Victims of Heinous Crime by Colombian Drug LordCourt ruling grants the widow and daughter of one of the accused’s murder victims the right to participate in his criminal proceedings. Mission Possible: Berkeley Law Sets the Public Interest StandardWith generous funding and programmatic support, Berkeley Law sets the public interest standard. Youth Advocates: Two Recent Alums Launch Innovative Projects Helping Vulnerable Children in OaklandMindy Phillips ’15 and Whitney Rubenstein ’14 strive to improve the lives of vulnerable children through Equal Justice Works fellowships at EBCLC. Giving Spirit Helps Students Gain Access, Training, MentorshipAlumni and friends fuel initiatives that provide hands-on experience, bolster core programming, and support the school’s public mission. Student Team Wins Major Trial Competition with Alumni Duo AssistDeCarol Davis ’17, Jared Ginsburg ’17, Colin Jones ’16, and Jason Wu ’16 credit coaches Suzanne Jaffe ’12 and Emily Tienken ’12 for their national championship. Savala Trepczynski ’11 to Lead Henderson Center for Social JusticeThe Berkeley Law alumna, who begins her new position in January, is eager to “maximize the center’s impact” both on and off campus. Star Quartet Honored at Berkeley Law’s Citation Award DinnerMichele Roberts ’80, John Phillips ’69, Eleanor Swift, and Tirien Steinbach ’99 are recognized for their talent, drive, and willingness to give back. Mentoring 101: Alums Make Meaningful Impact on Students’ LivesJose Varela ’86, Cara Sandberg ’12, David Roberts ’74, and Tony LoPresti ’12 help Berkeley Law students navigate courses, clerkships, and careers. Sonya Passi ’13 Launches Unique Nonprofit to Help Victims of AbuseFreeFrom seeks economic justice and opportunity for survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking through tort cases, policy reforms, and business support. Claudia Polsky ’96 Chosen to Lead New Environmental Law ClinicA longtime Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice, Polsky is crafting an ambitious yet practical agenda for the clinic’s launch. Transcript Story: Three Berkeley Law Classmates Seek Justice in the BronxBerkeley Law’s Transcript magazine spotlights 2014 graduates Emily Gladden, Anisha Gupta, and Chris Lau, who work at The Bronx Defenders and also live together. Berkeley Law Alum’s Victory Helps Shape Emerging Juvenile Justice LawBryant Yang ’07 helps win release of a prisoner sentenced to life without parole under two new laws that reflect a changed approach to juvenile justice.