BCLT Student News

Week of October 19


BCLT Office Hours

Every Wednesday, from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M., BCLT Assistant Director Matthew Ray will hold office hours on Zoom to answer student questions about our programming. If you’re interested in receiving our Law & Tech certificate, curious about our curriculum, or just want to learn more about what we do, sign up here or just drop in.

Law & Tech Certificate

The Law & Technology Certificate recognizes successful completion of a focused course of study, including writing and student activity components. The curricular requirements emphasize depth and breadth but also afford students substantial flexibility. You can find the full requirements and apply here!

Student Events

BCLT’s student-focused events will be held online until further notice. Our Tuesday/Thursday talks by practicing lawyers will normally start at 1:00 P.M., although we will experiment with some talks starting at 5:30 P.M. All of the talks will run for 45 minutes, but speakers will generally remain available after that for any additional student questions.

BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series

Tuesday, October 20
1:00 – 1:45 P.M.

Join the Women in Tech Law (WiTL) and Berkeley Center for Law and Tech for a special edition of WiTL’s It’s LiT! (Ladies in Tech) series, featuring USPTO Deputy Director Laura Peter. Deputy Director Peter will speak about her career path, women in inventorship, and AI before the program opens for Q&A.

Laura Peter is the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and responsible for all agency operations. This includes oversight for the four USPTO Regional Offices, managing 13,000 employees, and executing the policies, priorities and programs for an annual budget of $3.5 billion.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Ms. Peter was the Deputy General Counsel of A10 Networks, a publicly-traded IT company where she oversaw daily legal matters related to commercial agreements, litigation, and intellectual property (IP) portfolio development. In 2014, she helped shepherd the company through its initial public offering.

Recognized by World IP Review as one of the most “Influential Women in IP,” Ms. Peter has practiced IP law for over 20 years. Previously, she was Vice President and General Counsel of Immersion Corporation, where she led all aspects of the company’s legal issues, including its IP portfolio. She was also Assistant General Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property at Foundry Networks, where she built a successful patent portfolio and litigation program. She began her career as a commercial and IP litigator at Townsend, Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP).

RSVP here

Women in Tech Law (WiTL)

Game Night
Wednesday, October 21
6:30 – 7:30 P.M.

Join WiTL for a community night to celebrate making it midway through the semester! We will play Jackbox games and award prizes to winners of both traditional and unconventional categories.

RSVP here

Upcoming Conferences

Note: All events listed are online or will have an online attendance option. Plans for events currently scheduled at in-person venues are tentative.

For 2020, in light of the pandemic, all Berkeley Law students will be able to participate in all of BCLT’s online conferences free of charge.


BCLT Annual Privacy Lecture: Digital and Physical Company Towns in the Age of Public Capitalism

Thursday, October 29
2:30 P.M.

Presented by Prof. Jon Michaels, UCLA School of Law.

Big tech today has its own supreme court, is poised to coin its own currency, and is building various company towns, complete with housing, transportation, retail, and green spaces. These interventions reveal much about our present-day political economy, the health of our democracy, and our views about the state and the market. These interventions, furthermore, signal potentially seismic shifts in how we approach questions of constitutional law, corporate governance, and security and privacy.

Sports and Entertainment Law Conference

Thursday, November 5 – Friday, November 6

The Annual Conference organized by the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law has become one of the Bay Area’s most recognized events on the law and business of sports and entertainment. In its sixth year, the agenda for this day-long conference is the most diverse yet! Hear from top names in sports and entertainment law at an unparalleled venue — the University Club atop Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium. Speakers who will share their insights on sports and entertainment law, business, and culture include: Jeffrey Harleston (Universal Music Group), Dr. Damion Thomas (Smithsonian NMAAHC), Hannah Gordon (San Francisco 49ers), Greg Genske (GEM Sports Agency) and more…

BTLJ-BCLT Symposium: Technology as a Vehicle for Anti-Racism

Wednesday, November 12 – Thursday, November 13

This online symposium, organized by Berkeley Technology Law Journal and BCLT, will examine the intersection of technology, law, and race. Speakers will discuss current issues dealing with technology and race, including how technologies can be designed and implemented to serve rather than undermine the interests of racial justice and how technology law, policy, and scholarship can advance anti-racism.

21st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

Thursday, December 10 – Friday, December 11

Co-organized by BCLT and Stanford Law School, the APLI presents a roster of judges, academics, litigators, patent prosecutors, and senior IP counsel from major corporations offering a results-oriented, in-depth look at the latest developments in patent law and practice.

Law & Tech Opportunities

Fenwick Race, Diversity & Justice Education Event Series

October 16 and 21. Learn more and register here.

Fenwick Practice Group Spotlight Series

Learn about Fenwick and our practices through a series of trainings that explore the associate experience. Our first programs focus on Intellectual Property, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, Tax and Capital Markets. Our attorney presenters will take you through a typical matter, clients of interest, what associate life looks like in today’s virtual world, and more. The sessions will answer practical questions: How long does a typical matter take from beginning to end? What type of work do associates typically perform? What skills are essential for success?

October 20-22. Learn more and register here.

Haynes & Boone Virtual Nationwide 1L Panel Series

The aim of this series of panels is to help you feel connected while understanding who Haynes and Boone is as a firm and what 1L Summer Associate opportunities the firm has to offer as you begin thinking about a 2021 Summer Clerkship.

October 20 – November 13. Learn more and register here.

USPTO Patent Drafting Competition

For the first time, Berkeley Law is planning on participating in the USPTO’s National Patent Drafting Competition. No technical degree or patent drafting experience is required! The team will have a maximum of four students, and we are hoping to have representatives from all class years (1Ls–we encourage you to apply!)

Deadline: Midnight on October 28

Click here for more information, including eligibility requirements and competition dates. Apply here. Contact PLS with any questions.

Resources on Technology, Law
and Anti-Racism

BCLT is committed to exploring and addressing issues at the intersection of technology, race, and justice. In this portion of Student News, we will seek every week to highlight a resource that can advance students’ understanding of these concerns.

  • “AI for Good (Trouble)” | Thursday, October 29 | 12:00 P.M. | Register here

As part of the speaker series on Artificial Intelligence for Social Impact and Equity hosted by Prof. Colleen Chien at Santa Clara Law School, Mutale Nkonde, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, will discuss novel applications of artificial intelligence to the oldest American struggle: combating racism and bringing social change, particularly in criminal justice.

  • Critical Race Theory and the 2020 Election | Friday, October 30 | 3:00 – 4:30 P.M. | Register here

This roundtable discussion will consider how the racial uprising in the aftermath of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, on-going police violence and social unrest, a possible shift in race-consciousness among White voters, the selection of Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate and the battle to replace Justice Ginsburg may impact the election and our democracy more broadly.  In addition, the panelists will engage President Trump’s attempt to “cancel” Critical Race Theory and anti-racism initiatives.

If you have any questions about this week’s content or items for inclusion in future newsletters, please email bclt@law.berkeley.eduAll items for inclusion must be submitted by 12:00 P.M. Friday of the week prior to publication.

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