Berkeley Law Alumni Association

The mission of the BLAA is to strengthen the relationships among alumni, faculty and students and to promote the advancement of the the law school. All graduates of Berkeley Law school automatically qualify for membership in the Berkeley Law Alumni Association (BLAA).

The association is governed by the Berkeley Law Association Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of alumni directors, a faculty representative and a student representative. If you are interested in becoming a Member of the BLAA Board, please contact 


2019/2020 Berkeley Law Alumni Association Board

Executive Committee

Karen Boyd ’96

Past President
John Kuo ’88

Co-Vice Presidents
Duane Valz ’96
Carly Alameda ’06

Fundraising Committee Chair
Tyler Gerking ’02

Outreach/Admitted Student Recruitment Committee Chair
Cara Sandberg ’12

Mentorship Committee Chair
Carly Alameda ’06

Communications Committee Chair
Nancy Fineman ’86



  • Carly Alameda ’06, Partner, Farella Braun + Martel, San Francisco, CA
  • Karen Boyd, ’96, Founding Partner, Turner Boyd, Redwood City, CA
  • Michael Charlson, ’85, Partner, Vinson & Elkins, San Francisco, CA
  • Paul Clark ’80, Managing Partner, Seward & Kissel, Washington, D.C.
  • Benson Cohen ’04, Partner, Sidley Austin, New York, NY
  • Nancy Fineman ’86, Judge, San Mateo Superior Court, San Mateo, CA
  • Bill Friedman ’11, Associate, Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA
  • Tyler Gerking ’02, Partner, Farella Braun + Martel, San Francisco, CA
  • Sonia Gonzales ’07, Brooklyn, NY
  • Jeffrey Harleston ’88, Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Universal Music Group, Los Angeles, CA
  • Yury Kapgan ’01, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Los Angeles, CA
  • John Kuo ’01, EVP and General Counsel, Charles River Laboratories, Boston, MA
  • David Larwood ’86, CEO/President/Founder, Valley Fever Solutions
  • Gloria Lee ’04, Partner, Rutan & Tucker, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Monique Liburd ’08, Trademark Counsel, Intellectual Property Law, Google, San Francisco, CA
  • Jose Luis Lopez, ’09, Senior Corporate Counsel, Samsung NEXT, Mountain View, CA
  • Tam Ma ’11, Deputy Legislative Secretary, Office of Gavin Newsom, Sacramento, CA
  • Heather Mewes ’99, Principal Counsel – IP Transactions, Apple, Cupertino, CA
  • Nicole Ozer ’03, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, American Civil Liberties Union, San Francisco, CA
  • Spencer Pahlke ’07, Shareholder, Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger, San Francisco, CA
  • Jay Purcell ’11, Clark Howell LLP, Santa Monica, CA
  • Smita Rajmohan ’14, Product Counsel, Apple, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Jennifer Romano ’97, Partner, Crowell & Moring, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cara Sandberg ’12, Chambers Attorney to the Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, California Supreme Court, San Francisco, CA
  • Kim Thompson ’90, Global Advisory Risk and Quality Leader and Global OGC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, San Francisco, CA
  • Duane Valz ’96, General Counsel, Insitro, South San Francisco, CA
  • Karin Wang ’95, Executive Director, Epstein Program, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA
  • David Zapolsky ’88, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, Amazon, Seattle, WA

Faculty Representative
Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, Center for the Study of Law and Society, J.D., Berkeley Law, ’87, Ph.D., Berkeley Law, ’90

Student Representative
Chip Hall ’21

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