The John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer awards celebrate Berkeley Law lecturers who have served the law school for 20 or more years and completed 20 or more semesters of teaching (both are required for this honor).
Robert Borton has practiced in the Bay Area since his graduation from University of Michigan Law School. He currently practices as Special Counsel to the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco, after serving on the organization’s board for 25 years. Between 1972 and 1988, he was an associate and then a partner at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. Between 1988 and 1991 he practiced in Oakland with the firm of McShane & Felson, rejoining Heller, Ehrman from 1992 until the firm went out of business in 2008. There, he pursued a general commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on banking, trust, litigation, and real estate issues. He has extensive trial experience and broad experience in class action cases involving consumer, anti-trust, and other issues. He has litigated and tried a wide variety of pro bono (civil rights, immigration, and other) cases. From 1992 to 2007, he led the Heller Ehrman’s Pro Bono Litigation Practice. He also managed the training of the firm’s litigation lawyers. He has received the State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, the Robert Sproul Pro Bono Award (from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights), the Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Award, the Legal Aid Society’s Roll Call for Social Justice Award and the San Francisco Bar Association Award of Merit. He taught the pre-trial litigation practice course at Berkeley Law, along with Chris Martiniak.
Alfred DeLeo was born and raised in NewYork City,and attended college and law school in Washington, D.C. After law school, he moved back to New York and began his career as a tax lawyer with one of the large Wall Street law firms. Tax law was a significant mental redirection for him, since his undergraduate studies were focused on classics and linguistics, and he was then more at home with Horace, Virgil, and Homer than he was with anything having to do with business. But the tax law intrigued him in law school, and he thought that he’d try to make a go of it. That was 1977 and it’s now 35 years or so later.
DeLeo is still practicing tax law, now (and for about the last 30 years) in Los Angeles. He first started teaching at Berkeley Law in the 80s, at the instigation and under the tutelage of Adrian Kragen, Bobbie Barton, and Jack McNulty, each of whom felt that the law school curriculum was in dire need of a course in Accounting for Lawyers. Also at Barton’s instigation several years later, he taught the Estate Planning and Taxation course that she had taught for many years. Add to that several semesters here and there of Partnership Tax and Financial Analysis, and you have his teaching history at Berkeley in a nutshell.
Charles Denton has been an attorney with the Alameda County Public Defender for more than 33 years. Nearly all of that time has been spent in the courtroom. Mr. Denton has litigated thousands of motions and hearings and has tried nearly every kind of criminal case -- from drunk driving to the death penalty. He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice and one of the state's leading experts on criminal law and procedure. He is the co-author of Criminal Defense Jury Instructions (Knowles Publishing), a contributing author to the California Continuing Education of the Bar’s [C.E.B.] California Criminal Sentencing Enhancements and one of the original authors of C.E.B.’s Recent Developments in Criminal Law Practice and California Criminal Law: Procedure and Practice. His articles, practice guides and case law reviews have also been highly acclaimed and widely published. He is currently the President of the California Public Defender's Association. At Berkeley Law, Mr. Denton teaches Criminal Trial Practice.
Chuck Hansen is a real estate litigation and transactional attorney with the law firm of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, having served as the firm’s Managing Partner from 2000 to 2002. Hansen has been involved in a host of high-profile transactions and has been retained as an expert consultant and witness in state and federal court matters throughout the United States.
He serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and judge pro tem, while also doing expert work on a pro bono basis as a consultant to the Alameda District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Division. Hansen taught advanced real estate courses to law and MBA students at Berkeley Law. He has also been a prolific writer and speaker on legal issues.
Hansen was named “Oakland Best Lawyers Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” for 2010 and selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Real Estate Litigation since 2007.
Henry Hecht joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 1983. Before that he served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force from 1973 to 1976, and was Special Counsel to the San Francisco firm of Heller Ehrman LLP from 1977 to 1983.
He is also an independent consultant on skills training for lawyers and co-founder of The Hecht Training Group, which has presented workshops to more than 65 law firms, corporate law offices, government agencies, and bar associations across the country. Hecht has lectured and written extensively for the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, California Continuing Education of the Bar, and the Practising Law Institute. He serves on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Community Law Center, and is an elected member of both the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation.
Hecht’s publications include a book, Effective Depositions, 2nd ed. (ABA 2010), and two case files, Scoops v. Business-Aide, Inc.: A Liability and Damages Case File, 5th ed. (2009) and Donna Taylor v. Shape-Up Stores, Inc.: A Damages Case File, 2nd ed. (co-author V. O’Brien) (2008). He earned his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1973, and his B.A. magna cum laude from Williams College in 1968.
Joan Heifetz Hollinger
Joan Heifetz Hollinger's teaching, research, and public interest advocacy has been devoted to family law, child welfare, adoption, parentage, and reproductive health issues. She is the principal author and editor of the standard Adoption Law and Practice treatise, co-author of Families by Law (2004), reporter for the proposed Uniform Adoption Act, and a drafter of the revised Uniform Parentage Act and recent federal guidelines on intercountry adoption.
Hollinger is especially proud of her many former students whom she has encouraged to pursue public interest careers. She and her students have served as amicus curiae in a number of high-profile cases in state and federal courts that have secured equal treatment and legal protection for children without regard to the marital status, gender, ethnoracial background, or sexual orientation of their parents.
She is currently amicus curiae on behalf of the interests of the children of same-sex couples in the U.S. Supreme Court cases challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.
Robert Infelise was an undergraduate research assistant for Bob Kagan. He routinely snuck into the law library, took the LSAT in Room 100, and visited the Admissions Office (now the California Law Review office) frequently during the summer 1977 to “charm my way off the wait list.”
During his 1L year, he lived in what is now 369 Simon Hall and ate many a meal in what is now the Belli Commons. His legal education started with Professor Vetter asking, “Who thinks they understand Pennoyer v. Neff?” Infelise’s study group gradually shrunk to himself and John Dwyer. His seat during graduation was at what is now the north entrance to Café Zeb, and he took the bar exam in Room 100.
Infelise began, and says he will end, his career as a practitioner at Cox Castle & Nicholson, first in Los Angeles and then in San Francisco. But he eventually found his way back to Boalt Hall. Hours before teaching his first class in 1994, he sat in the Main Reading Room wondering “how I would ever pull this off.” One of his most memorable moments is when he noticed in RoloBoalt that he was the acting head of the environmental law program. (Thank you, Dean Berring!) Infelise calls it a privilege to teach Berkeley Law students, and says he is honored to work with Holly, Eric, Dan, and Steve. “Boalt Hall is very special to me,” he says.
Janice Kosel is a professor at Golden Gate Law School. She is a member of the California Bar; specializing in Family Law, Corporate and Commercial. She’s the author of Bankruptcy: Do It Yourself and Chapter 13: The Federal Plan to Repay Your Debts, as well as Property Disposition in Antenuptial, Postnuptial and Property Settlement Agreements. Ms. Kosel formerly practiced with Orrick, Herrington, Rowley & Sutcliffe. She is also a former member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee, the Family Law Specialization Exam Writing Committee of the California State Bar, and the Board of Directors of Legal Assistance for Seniors. At Berkeley Law, Ms. Kosel teaches Secured Credit and Commercial Transactions.
Nancy K.D. Lemon
Nancy K.D. Lemon received a B.A. in Women’s Studies in 1975 from UC Santa Cruz, and a J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1980. She has taught Domestic Violence Law at the law school since 1988. Her textbook, Domestic Violence Law (4th edition,West, 2013) is the first published curriculum on this topic. Lemon directs the Domestic Violence Practicum, and with her students has written many amicus briefs. She co-taught Girls, Women, and the Criminal Justice System in 2011.
Lemon has represented many battered women obtaining restraining orders and advocated for them within the civil and criminal justice systems. She has been an expert witness in hundreds of civil, criminal, and asylum cases. Lemon has also worked on numerous pieces of legislation in the California legislature and has published many books and articles. She wrote domestic violence curricula for judges and court employees, and a bench book for California criminal court judges. She has trained hundreds of people on domestic violence dynamics and laws.
In 2012, Lemon co-founded the Family Violence Appellate Project, a non-profit agency whose mission is to appeal California family law cases involving domestic violence and child abuse. She is its legal director.
Chris Martiniak is an attorney at Covington & Burling. For many years, the primary focus of his practice has been representing both plaintiffs and defendants in large-scale patent litigation in the field of information technology—including computers, networks, semiconductors, and telecommunication—representing such companies as Apple, Samsung, and HP.
Martiniak also has extensive experience in other commercial litigation, including trademark, trade secret, copyright, antitrust, licensing disputes, contracts, and business torts. He has tried numerous cases in both federal and state courts, both jury and non-jury trials.
The author of the “Deposition Practice Handbook,” he has often lectured on intellectual property issues.
Arlene B. Mayerson
Arlene B. Mayerson has been the directing attorney of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) since 1981. One of the nation’s leading experts in disability rights law, she has been a key advisor to both Congress and the disability community on the major disability rights legislation for the past two decades. That includes the Handicapped Children’s Protection Act as well as other legislation ensuring the special education rights of students with disabilities, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
At the request of members of Congress, Mayerson supplied expert testimony before several congressional committees when they were debating the ADA. She filed comments on the ADA regulations for more than 500 disability rights organizations. Mayerson has devoted her career exclusively to disability rights practice, representing clients in a wide array of issues. She has provided representation, consultation to counsel, and coordination of amicus briefs on key disability rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mayerson was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education to the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority, responsible for reviewing the department’s civil rights decisions.
In addition to her position at DREDF, Mayerson is currently a lecturer in disability law at Berkeley Law. She has published many articles on disability rights and is the author of a comprehensive three-volume treatise on the ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act Annotated-Legislative History, Regulations & Commentary (Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1994), which sets forth the legislative history and regulations for each provision of the ADA.
Stephen A. Rosenbaum
Stephen A. Rosenbaum, JD, MPP, is a Visiting Researcher Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for an Inclusive & Fair Society. Since 1988 he has taught professional skills courses on social justice, mental health, civil rights and Spanish language and cultural competency. He has also taught law and policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy and disability rights at Stanford Law. During a 2012-14 Visiting Senior Lecturer appointment at University of Washington, Rosenbaum co-founded a business and human rights clinic, and taught human rights advocacy and a clinical tutorial for Afghan and Indonesian LLM candidates. In 2015 Rosenbaum taught introduction to legal systems and ADR at American University of Phnom Penh and helped develop its law curriculum. He spent the next semester supervising students in Golden Gate University’s Women’s Employment Rights Clinic.
Rosenbaum is also a long-time litigator with California Rural Legal Assistance, currently serving as a Regional Director of Central Valley and Central Coast offices. Previously, he was Senior Litigation Attorney with Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Associate Managing Attorney with Disability Rights California and Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Michael Sorgen. Rosenbaum’s scholarship is on disability, special education, lay advocacy, international human rights and legal education.
As a State Department grantee, Rosenbaum has lectured jurists, journalists and activists in francophone Africa. He received a Harvard Law Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship and Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service. Rosenbaum was a Visiting Scholar at University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Legal Education Advisor to the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in Egypt and Qatar.
Antonio Rossmann is a founding partner of Rossman and Moore, LLP. He has taught previously at Stanford, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Tokyo as a Fulbright Lecturer. In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Rossmann consulted on water resources law to the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, Italy. From 1963 to 1968, he served as a Deck and Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy.
As an attorney, Mr. Rossmann has litigated some of the west coast’s leading water and land-use proceedings, including: the Owens Valley groundwater war, the Mono Lake public trust litigation, South Pasadena’s resistance to the 710 freeway, Nevada’s opposition to the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository, and implementation of California groundwater regulation. In 2010, the Los Angeles Daily Journal named Mr. Rossmann as one of the Top 100 California Attorneys. At Berkeley Law, Mr. Rossman taught Water Law and Land Use.
Judge Jeffrey S. White
Judge Jeffrey S. White is a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division. Before his appointment to the bench in 2003, Judge White was a partner and chair of the litigation department of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, in San Francisco.
Before joining Orrick, Judge White was a senior trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Public Integrity Section. Previous to his stint at the DOJ, he was an assistant United States attorney in Baltimore. Judge White has been a lecturer in civil trial advocacy at Berkeley Law for the past 30 years. He has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in its basic, advanced, and teacher training program.
Judge White received the Roscoe Pound Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy. As a trial attorney, he tried well over 100 jury cases to verdict. Judge White received his J.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1970, magna cum laude. He was the articles editor of the Buffalo Law Review. Judge White received his law school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009. He received his undergraduate degree at Queens College of the City University of New York.
Barry Winograd is a lecturer at Berkeley Law teaching Labor and Employment Arbitration. Winograd has maintained a full-time dispute resolution practice since 1988 as an arbitrator and mediator of labor and employment cases, as well as business and other civil disputes. He is a member and former vice-president of the National Academy of Arbitrators.
Previously, Winograd served as an administrative law judge for the California Public Employment Relations Board and as an attorney for the United Farm Workers of America. He has been a lecturer at Berkeley Law since 1985, teaching courses on labor law, arbitration, and mediation. He also has taught on the adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan Law School, and has written a number of articles in professional journals in the labor and employment field.
Winograd is listed on dispute resolution rosters of neutral provider organizations and federal and state courts, and also serves as a permanent arbitrator on panels established by labor-management collective bargaining agreements. He received his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his J.D. and LL.M. from Berkeley Law.