Reunion Agenda

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12:30 pm-2:30 pm


Golden Circle Luncheon
The Bancroft Hotel
This special lunch for Berkeley Law alumni graduating in 1969 or earlier (50+ year reunions) is an opportunity to share memories while reconnecting with friends, peers, and colleagues.

3:30 pm

Registration Opens
Cafe Zeb Eastern Courtyard (entrance on Bancroft Way), Berkeley Law

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

California Law Review Panel:
The Cite is Right: 108 Years of the California Law Review

Join the California Law Review for this engaging reunion weekend program. We will have a panel of distinguished alumni and current CLR editors getting you up to speed on 108 years of the California Law Review’s scholarship in an interactive game-show format. We will spend the first half of the program capturing the experiences of CLR alumni through CLR trivia that you as the audience can engage in. We will spend the remaining time highlighting innovative student and professor-written scholarship and sharing with you our dreams for the future of CLR.

  • Michael David Harris, ’20
  • Matt Kline ’99, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers
  • Mary Ellen Kanoff ’84, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Peninsula Pacific
  • Martina Hone ’89, Chief Equity Officer, YWCA

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 











CLE: Applications of Finance and Valuation to Securities Litigation and SEC Enforcement Actions (Complimentary CLE session sponsored by Berkeley Law Executive Education, 1.0 credit)

Matthew D. Cain, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Berkeley Center for Law and Business

In this talk, we begin with a discussion of common methods used to assess the materiality of information and disclosures. We then discuss valuation methodologies, including multiples analysis and discounted cash flow analysis. We explore the sensitivity of these valuation methodologies to input choices and provide real-world examples from litigated SEC actions. Examples are provided from cases involving insider trading, accounting restatements/fraud, fairness opinions in mergers and acquisitions, and valuations. We will also summarize the process of conducting event studies and Monte Carlo simulations as applied in the litigation context.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Affinity Group Mixer for Alumni & Student Leaders

This event is for our alumni who were involved in the following groups when they were students at Berkeley Law. Current students from these groups will also be attending the event.

Groups include:

  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
  • Armenian Law Society
  • Berkeley Law Muslim Student Association
  • Catholics at Berkeley Law
  • Coalition for Diversity
  • Christians at Berkeley Law
  • Disabled Law Students and Allies Association
  • First Generation Professionals
  • Jewish Students at Berkeley Law
  • La Raza
  • Law Students of African Descent
  • Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association
  • Military & Veterans at Berkeley Law (MVBL)
  • Native American Law Students Assoc.
  • Older Wiser Law Students
  • Pilipino American Law Students
  • Queer Caucus
  • South Asian Law Students Association
  • Trans@Law
  • Women of Berkeley Law
  • Womxn of Color Collective

5:30 pm

Tour of Law School by Current Students (meet in Centennial Lobby)

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All Alumni Celebration BBQ
Steinhart Courtyard & Roof Terrace

Reconnect with classmates at a welcome BBQ celebration. Enjoy great company, a delicious meal and festive drinks at this casual, family-friendly evening.


10:30 am (open all day)

Registration Opens
Cafe Zeb Eastern Courtyard (entrance on Bancroft Way), Berkeley Law

Pick up your registration packet if you have not already done so.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cafe Zeb

Pick up your lunch at Cafe Zeb. The Alumni Lounge is available all day for eating and socializing.

11:00 am

Tour of Law School by Current Students (meet in Centennial Lobby)

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

CLE Program 
* Note: These three programs happen simultaneously. Choose one of the three below:

A. Addressing Gender Bias in the Legal Profession (Sponsored by the Women in Business Law Initiative)(Elimination of Bias 1.0 credit)

The panel will address legal developments and issues affecting women in the law. The panel aims to examine the reasons why gender bias stills exists in legal private practice, offer potential avenues of reform, and empower women to achieve their potential in the legal field. The discussion will explore the role of gender discrimination law, and it will also touch on the expectations law firms place on their attorneys, focusing specifically on review of work product, billable hour requirements, and promotions. It will conclude by illustrating ways in which law firm policies can be reformed.

  • Tiffany Thomas ’05, (Moderator), Counsel, Employment and Corporate Responsibility, Visa
  • Catherine Fisk ’86, Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law
  • Leah Wilson ’99, Executive Director, The State Bar of California
  • Irene Liu ’06, General Counsel, Checkr
  • Niall Lynch, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

B. Hot Topics in Privacy and Cybersecurity  (1.0 credit)

Cybersecurity threats continue to grow, privacy laws continue to proliferate, and, consequently, cybersecurity and privacy are expanding practice areas. Attorneys now must play multiple roles: advising clients on their privacy and data security practices, defending them against regulators’ investigations, fending off civil litigation. In this session, alums at the forefront of the cybersecurity and privacy field will provide an update on the new California privacy law and other legal developments, offering pragmatic insights on practicing in this area.

  • Jim Dempsey, (Moderator), Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
  • Gabriel Ramsey ’00, Partner, Crowell & Moring
  • Stacey Schesser ’06, Supervising Deputy Attorney General at California Department of Justice
  • Jeewon Kim Serrato ’04, Head of Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity, United States, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

C. The Opioid Crisis, Climate Change, and Criminal Justice Reform: New Frontiers in… Consumer Law? (1.0 credit)

Modern consumer law has existed for at least a century as an area of professional practice. Yet in the past decade the field’s tools have been notably enhanced and brought to bear on a wide swath of pressing societal challenges. Two distinct efforts – each with Berkeley Law at its center – are under way to further sharpen those tools and reimagine their application. The first is the deployment of well-established principles of consumer law to new areas: public health, climate change, criminal justice reform. The second is the increased attention being paid to consumer law in the academy, a need made obvious by recent crises demonstrating the weaknesses in existing law. This session will explore the contours of the Consumer Law Renaissance.

  • Ted Mermin ’96, (Moderator), Co-founder, Executive Director of the Public Good Law Center, Interim Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice
  • Elizabeth Cabraser ’78, Partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
  • Gail Hillebrand ’81, Former Senior Attorney, Consumers Union

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 2:45 pm






CLE: Supreme Court Update (1.25 credit)
Booth Auditorium

At this annual SCOTUS review, Berkeley Law constitutional scholars will discuss trends from the 2018-19 term and look ahead to the new term.


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

CLE: The Constitution, the President, the Courts, and Congress (1.25 credit)
Booth Auditorium

In recent years, our political environment has been characterized by sharp conflicts among the three branches of government and heated debate—intensified by the ascendancy of social media—about the appropriate role of each branch. This diverse panel will explore the roots of these conflicts, look at their impact on policy-making, and discuss how they might play out going forward. The panel also will consider potential ways to move our political discourse beyond its increasingly polarized state.


  • Judge Jeremy Fogel, (Moderator), Executive Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute, Berkeley Law School,
    former Director, Federal Judicial Center and former Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California  
  • Judge John Bates, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, former Chief Judge, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and former Director, Administrative Office of the US Courts
  • Paul Grewal , Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Facebook, former Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Dean Emerita, McGeorge School of Law; former Executive Director, State Bar of California; formal General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency; former General Counsel, National Security Agency; and Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, US Department of State

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm




Town Hall with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky 
Booth Auditorium

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will provide an update on what is happening at Berkeley Law, look to our future, and answer questions.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Cocktail Celebration
Steinhart Courtyard & Roof Terrace

Raise a glass to the distinguished legacy and bright future of your alma mater. 

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Class Dinners
Spend some quality time with classmates at class dinners.

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