Events

Upcoming Events

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Justin Tri Do at jtrido@law.berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7 business days in advance of the event.


2023 Effective Communications Across Differences: a free virtual series for law students at 4th, 6th, and 9th Circuit law schools

Session 1:
February 2, 4:30 – 6:30 pm PT / 7:30 – 9:30pm ET
Here is your chance to change the lives of students at law schools in the 4th, 6th, and 9th Circuits.

ECAD

With a 2:1 Student to Judge ratio, and hands-on work with premier mediators, this FREE 5 session virtual series on Effective Communication Across Differences is an incredible opportunity not to be missed. Past students have called it “life-changing,” “foundational,” and “required learning for all law students.”

The program is the inspiration of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historic Society, and sponsored by NJCHS, the Law School Admission Counsel and the Berkeley Judicial Institute.

The program starts February 2023, but the application deadline is December 19th!! 

Details below and also here

Please share this information, and encourage eligible students to apply here NOW

Our Schedule:

Session 2: February 9, 4:30 – 6:30 pm PT / 7:30 – 9:30pm ET

Session 3: February 16, 4:30 – 6:30 pm PT / 7:30 – 9:30pm ET

Session 4: February 23, 4:30 – 6:30 pm PT / 7:30 – 9:30pm ET

Session 5: March 2, 4:30 – 6:30 pm PT / 7:30 – 9:30pm ET


From Junkie to Judge

February 3, 2022
12:00pm PST
75 minutes
Virtual

CLE credit available

Register

junkie to judge

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute as Heather Rosmarin, Founder of the InterAmerican Clean Energy Institute interviews Mary Beth O’Connor on her book, From Junkie to Judge: One Woman’s Triumph over Trauma and Addiction.

Her memoir released on January 24, 2023.

From the publisher’s website:
“Searing, unsettling, and ultimately triumphant, Judge O’Connor’s debut memoir takes readers on a wild ride through the rock-bottom underbelly of intravenous drug addiction to the hallowed halls of justice where she rose to the pinnacle of success as a federal judge.”

From the author’s website:
“..6 years into recovery, she attended Berkeley Law. She worked at a large firm in Silicon Valley, then litigated class actions for the federal government. In 2014, Mary Beth was appointed a federal Administrative Law Judge, a position from which she retired in 2020.”

Learn more about Judge O’Connor, and her story, here:
https://junkietojudge.com/writer

Materials:
Chapter 40, From Junkie to Judge

Commentary: It wasn’t luck that allowed me to become a judge after meth addition. It was white privilege


2022 – 2023 Berkeley Law and Judiciary: a virtual series for judges

Session 4: February 9, 11:45 Pacific, with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism

– Reading Material:

(1) Worse Than Nothing, Chapter 1

75 minutes
Virtual
Registration

blaj series

Last May, Berkeley Judicial Institute debuted a three day virtual program for judges, Berkeley Law and the Judiciary (BLAJ). 

The program introduced some of Berkeley Law’s talented faculty to judges all over the world.  

We’re pleased to continue Berkeley Law and the Judiciary as a monthly virtual program, starting in November of 2022, and invite judges to participate.

Professor Andrew Bradt, one of Berkeley’s brightest stars, will moderate these conversations.

CLE Available

Our schedule: 

Session 1: November 10, noon Pacific, with BJI Executive Director Jeremy Fogel talking to Professor Andrew Bradt about Personal Jurisdiction–Revolution or Devolution?

– Reading Material:

(1) The False Promise of General Jurisdiction

Recording

Session 2: December 15, noon Pacific, with Professor Tejas Narechania about Social Media at the Supreme Court: The Future of Section 230

– Reading Materials:

(1) Elon Musk, internet freedom, and how the Supreme Court might force big tech into a catch-22, SCOTUSblog

(2) Petition for Certiorari, Gonzalez v. Google

(3) Justice Thomas concurrence, Biden v. Knight

Recording

Session 3: January 12, noon Pacific, with Judge Jeremy Fogel on Mindfulness and Judging 

– Resources:

(1) Mindfulness: A Primer

(2) Mindfulness: additional resources

(3) The Greater Good Science Center

(4) Virginia Mindfulness Workshop

Recording

Session 4: February 9, 11:45 Pacific, with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism

– Reading Material:

(1) Worse Than Nothing, Chapter 1

Session 5: March 9, one Pacific, with Professor Emily Rong Zhang about Voting Rights

Session 6: April 13, one Pacific, with Professor Andrea Roth about Criminal Law & Evidence

Session 7: May 11, one Pacific, with Professor Sharon Jacobs about Energy and Environmental Law

 

Register

(Registrants will be sent a Zoom link prior to each program.)

Additional information, including suggested pre-reading and CLE where applicable, will be posted prior to each session.

We hope judges reading this will be interested, and will share information with colleagues.


Simple Technologies for Courts to Consider

February 24, 2023
12:00 pm Pacific
75 minutes
Virtual

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Join Berkeley Judicial Institute to learn more about Judge Scott Schlegel’s experiences with his use of innovative technologies during the pandemic. Judge Frank Volk will interview Judge Schlegel, the two will talk about:

  • Problems
  • Solutions
  • Obstacles
  • Triumphs
  • What’s on the horizon

Materials:

Judge Scott Schlegel deployed tools to help keep his docket moving at the height of the pandemic

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Judge Scott Schlegel
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Judge Frank William Volk

Tips for Professional Success

March 2, 2023
12:00pm Pacific
75 minutes
Virtual

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William Q. Derrough made his career gaining the confidence of others (including judges) to trust his advice. Each year, he speaks to new employees at his firm reviewing his tips and suggestions for professional success to rave reviews—these tips are so helpful to those interning, externing, or clerking in the courts.

The conversation will cover topics including: attitude, timeliness, integrity, hard work, and relationships. Your questions are welcomed!

Materials:
TIPS FOR SUCCESS 2022


2022 – 2023 Law and Literature

Session 5: Colm Tóibín | The Heather Blazing (novel)
Friday, March 17, 2023
12:00 P.M. Pacific
90 minutes
Virtual

REGISTER

law and lit

 

The registration links, program dates and the background readings are listed below.  (As these are intended as discussion sessions, the events will NOT be recorded.)

Berkeley Judicial Institute’s 2021-22 virtual law and literature series was smart, engaging and fun; consider joining us as we introduce our virtual 2022-23 law and literature series.  

Using great works as text, these programs provide participants the opportunity to reflect on how literature provides insight into contemporary issues. All are welcome to register to participate; we ask those participating to be prepared to discuss the readings during out time together.  

No promises, but we anticipate a lively, honest, and respectful exchange of views!

Professor Julie Empric of Eckerd College, whose facilitation of similar programs has been met with rave reviews, will lead the sessions.

Think of a vibrant book club discussion, and you will have a sense of what we are trying to achieve. 

Registration for each session is limited, and you must register separately for each session of interest.  Should your plans change, please cancel your registration to provide an opportunity for someone else.

We hope you will join us.

Our Schedule:

Session 1 | Friday, July 15, 2022 | Miller’s The Crucible(play) 

Session 2 | Friday, September 16, 2022  | Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Tale of Wall Street” (novella) 

Session 3 | November 18, 2022 | Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” and Mérimée’s “Mateo Falcone” (short stories)

Session 4 | Friday, January 13, 2023 | Shakespeare’s Hamlet (play) | REGISTER

Session 5 | March 17, 2023 | Colm Tóibín | The Heather Blazing (novel) | REGISTER

Session 6 | May 26, 2023 | Morrison’s Beloved (novel) | REGISTER

 



If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Justin Tri Do at jtrido@law.berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7 business days in advance of the event.