Events 2016

Special Lunch Talk 
Protecting Corporate Whistleblowers 

A conversation with Chris Ehrman, Director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Whistleblower Office, and Sean McKessy, Former Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Whistleblower Office (and current partner at Philips & Cohen LLP). 

Thursday, November 17
Boalt Hall 132 | Early Start Time 11:45AM-12:45PM

 
Christopher Ehrman is the Director of the Whistleblower Office at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  Section 748 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act established a whistleblower program under which the CFTC will pay awards, based on collected monetary sanctions, to eligible whistleblowers who voluntarily provide original information about violations of the Commodity Exchange Act that lead either to a “covered judicial or administrative action” or a “related action.”
 
Sean McKessy is the former Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Office, He provides singular insight and unparalleled knowledge of the SEC whistleblower program in his work with Phillips & Cohen clients. Mr. McKessy was the first Chief of the SEC Whistleblower Office and helped establish the processes the office follows and the policies that guide the SEC whistleblower program. His office assessed and reviewed whistleblower tips, evaluated whistleblower award claims and made whistleblower award recommendations to the Commission.
 
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Special Lunch Talk 
Artists’ Rights in the Era of Youtube | Irving Azoff
A conversation with Irving Azoff, Chairman and CEO or Azoff of Azoff MSF Entertainment 

Tuesday, November 15 
Boalt Hall 105 | 12:45PM-1:45PM
No Registration Required 

 
In 2012, Billboard named Irving Azoff the most powerful person in the music industry. During his career he has been an agent or personal manager for dozens of top performers, concert promoter, movie producer, and independent record label owner. Irving joined us to offer insights that few if anyone can match on artists’ rights and how they intersect with current technology and law.
 
Presented by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT). Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ) and Sports Entertainment Law Society (SELS).

Special Lunch Talk  
Trauma and the Welfare State: A Genealogy of Prostitution Courts in New York City 
A Conversation with Amy Cohen, Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
 
Monday, November 14, 2016
Boalt Hall 130 | 12:45PM-1:45PM
 
At least since the early twentieth century, informal specialized prostitution courts have tried to double as social welfare agencies. Professor Amy Cohen joins us to discuss how prostitution courts illustrate in particularly explicit ways how public welfare administration and criminal court administration share similar ideas and practices and how these ideas and practices reinvent themselves over time. 
 
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and the Center for the Study of Law and Society.

Lean Data with Mozilla 
A breakfast conversation with product and data executives from Mozilla Corporation 

Thursday, November 10
Boalt Hall 140 | 9:30AM – 10:30AM


A leading team of data scientists, product managers and attorneys from Mozilla Corporation joined us to discuss their unique approach to data collection. It was a fantastic conversation for any aspiring attorneys and/or entrepreneurs working with data and technology. 
 
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal, BCLT, and BIPLA.

Investment Banking from the West Coast 

Monday, November 7
Boalt Hall 140 | 12:45PM – 1:45PM

 
Ross Weiner is the general counsel and managing director at Qatalyst Partners. Qatalyst Partners is a global, independent investment bank that provides high impact strategic and financial advice to senior management and boards of established and emerging technology leaders on matters crucial to their growth and success. Prior to Qatalyst, Ross was a director, head of business operations and legal services, and chief compliance officer at Silver Lake Credit and a director and counsel at Credit Suisse.

Litigation in the Business World
A conversation with Steve Coopersmith, Founder and Managing Attorney at The Coopersmith Law Firm 

Thursday, November 3
Boalt Hall 134 | Breakfast Talk (9:30AM – 10:30AM)

Steve Coopersmith is founder and managing attorney at The Coopersmith Law Firm, a leading San Diego-based business litigation firm. Steve has substantial government and commercial litigation experience, including service as a military prosecutor with the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. He joined us to discuss the complex and fascinating world of business litigation and to reflect on his experience starting his own legal practice. 


Special Event 
Inside Legal | Ryan Horning of the Oakland Athletics 
A conversation with Ryan Horning, Assistant General Counsel at the Oakland Athletics 

Wednesday, November 2
Boalt Hall 132| 12:45-1:45PM

 Neil and Ryan handle legal and operational issues for the East Bay’s professional baseball team. They joined us to discuss life as a lawyer in major leagues sports.

 
This event was cosponsored by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.


Fundamentals of Banking Law

October 31 – November 2, 2016
San Francisco

BCLB was pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2016 Fundamentals of Banking Law (formerly Banking Law Basics) program. This intensive 2½ day seminar was designed to familiarize participants with the basics of banking law, including the critical policies, concepts an regulations that have shaped 150 years of banking from the passage of the 1863 National Bank Act to the present. For more information, click here.

Form+Fund Founder Workshop + Office Hours | Data Security and 10 Tips for Startup Financial Health
Wednesday, November 2 | Boalt Hall Goldberg Room
Attorney Office Hours (featuring attorneys from Covington)
Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room | 4pm to 5:30pm
Workshop | Data Privacy and Security for Startups
Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room | 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Practitioner Speaker Series 
The Fund Counselor | Benson Cohen 
A conversation with Benson Cohen (’04), Partner at Sidley Austin 

Monday, October 31
Boalt Hall 140| 12:45-1:45PM


Benson Cohen (’04) is partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin. He represented hedge funds, fund of funds, and private equity funds in their formation, regulation and in buy-side and sell-side deals. Benson also serves on the Boalt Hall Alumni Association’s board of directors and is the current chair of the nominating committee for the New York City Bar Association’s “Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award.” He joined us to discuss his career, practice and views on the legal industry.
This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Sustainable Business and Investment Forum 2016 
 
October 26-27, 2016 

Inaugurated in 2015, the Berkeley Sustainable Business & Investment Forum focuses on the evolving concepts of risk management, capital allocation, and sustainable business practices with a focus on long-term value creation. It is a collaboration among the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business, the Berkeley Center for Law and Business at Berkeley Law School, PepsiCo, Visa, BNY Mellon, CamberView Partners, and Intel. 


Special Event 
Pathways to Private International Law Careers 

Wednesday, October 26
Boalt 100| 12:45-1:45PM 

 
Alexandra Darraby of the Art Law Firm, Enrique Hernandez-Pulido of Procopio, and Marcus Salvato Quintanilla of Jones Day shared their respective career paths and provide advice about what it takes to start a successful international law practice.
 
This event was cosponsored by the Career Development Office and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and the ADP Office.

Venture Capital Speaker Series 
The Corporate Counsels | Sharon Zezima and Brett Hirsch of GoPro 

Wednesday, October 26
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45 – 1: 45pm 

 
Sharon Zezima is the general counsel of GoPro and Brett Hirsch is a legal counsel at GoPro. Previously, Sharon was the general counsel at Marketo and deputy general counsel at Electronica Arts. They joined us to discuss their careers, legal and operational responsibilities, and typical legal issues facing one of the hottest technology companies in Silicon Valley.
 
This event was cosponsored by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.



Special Event 
Smart Course Planning: What to take in business law and why 
 
Wednesday, October 26
Boalt Hall 140| 9:00 – 11:00am 

Did you know that Berkeley Law now offers over twenty unique business law courses each semester? At this event an information session on the Spring 2017 business law curriculum and business law certificate took place. 
 
This Event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

 Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series 

Advising Silicon Valley 
A conversation with Peter Werner, partner at Cooley LLP and head of the firm’s San Francisco Busine and Finance Practice 

Monday, October 24, 2016
Boalt Hall 140 | 12:45-1:45PM 

 
Peter Werner is a corporate partner at Cooley LLP, member of the firm’s technology and hiring committees, and head of the San Francisco business and finance practice. He is also one of the curators of Cooley GO, an innovative open-source platform for legal tools, forms, data and guidance. Peter joined us to discuss working with the world’s leading innovators and his own role in helping to innovate the legal practice.   

This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Cooley LLP.

Startup@BerkeleyLaw‘s The Evolution of Technology and Internet Connectivity: What Investors and Business Owners Need to Know

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles

There is no better time than now to discuss the investment opportunities, rules and regulations, and venture capital trends in the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry. Corporations have invested billions of dollars in into emerging technologies, but where there is reward there is risk. Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB), O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and our panel of experts discussed the current landscape of emerging technologies, hot deal trends in venture capital, and how to navigate through government rules and regulations. Our panelists included leaders from Snapchat, Google’s Nest Division, and the University of California, Berkeley.


Rewire: Re-Envisioning Workshop on Innovation, Regulation, and Entrepreneurship 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Galvanize 44 Tehama Street San Francisco | 4:00PM 
A panel on innovation, regulation, and entrepreneurship took an in-depth look at at licensing, commercialization, and mobility issues in the emerging Platform Economy. We heard from panelists from AirBnB, Lyft, HopSkipDrive, Peers, the California Department of Insurance, the California Public Utilities Commission and more.


VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley 
October 18-21, 2016
UC Berkeley Campus | San Francisco

Deal Camp is a four-day course focused on the nuts and bolts of deal making for investors who want to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. Participants worked with leading UC Berkeley faculty and 500 Partners to develop strategies to structure deals in order to maximize investment returns. Program participants attended the 500 Startups Preview Day in San Francisco on October 18 and then headed to UC Berkeley for Deal Camp on October 19-21. Deal Camp used a project-based learning approach in which participants took part in a negotiation simulation with real companies which they saw pitch at 500 Startups Preview Day. For more details, click here.

Special Breakfast Talk
 
Social Media and Securities | A Conversation on Regulation and Finance in the Age of Social Media
A breakfast conversation with Marlon Paz, Partner at Seward & Kissel LLP and former senior attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
Friday, October 14, 2016 
Boalt Hall 134 | 9:30-10:30AM
 
Marlon Paz is a partner at Seward & Kissel LLP and regular advises broker-dealers and other financial services firms in matters related to securities regulation, government enforcement, internal investigations and examinations, compliance and white collar crime. Prior to joining Seward & Kissel, Marlon was a senior attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and played a key role during the financial crisis in developing a number of the SEC’s positions on key regulatory matters. Marlon has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics” by Hispanic Business Magazine and is also is a member of the adjunct faculty of Georgetown University Law Center.
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Startup@BerkeleyLaw Founders Workshops
Workshop | HR, Compensation, and Employment for Startups 101
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 

Boalt Hall Warren Room | 6:00-7:30PM

This event provided the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of compensation and employment issues for startups with attorneys from Orrick.

Venture Capital Speaker Series
 
The Tech Counsel | Dave Kling of Facebook
A conversation with Dave Kling (’97), Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Facebook.
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
 
Dave Kling (’97) is the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Facebook. In his role, Dave provides oversight for all of Facebook’s corporate and M&A work, including management of the Oculus legal team. Prior to joining Facebook, Dave was a partner at Gunderson Dettmer in Silicon Valley. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Gunderson Dettmer.

Practitioner Speaker Series
Navigating Capital Markets
A conversation with Kevin Kennedy (’91), partner at Simpson Thacher.
 
Monday, October 10, 2016 
Boalt Hall 140 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Kevin Kennedy (’91) is a partner in Simpson Thacher’s corporate department and co-chair of the firm’s pro bono committee.  He has served as primary outside counsel for a number of Silicon Valley’s leading companies and has represented issuers and underwriters on a variety of securities transactions, especially initial public offerings (IPOs).  Kevin has been named one of California’s “Top 100 Leading Lawyers” by the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal and “Lawyer of the Week” by the Financial Times.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series
The Advisors 
A conversation with Andrew Thorpe, corporate partner at Orrick, Karen Dempsey, corporate partner at Orrick, and John Palmer, public finance attorney at Orrick.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Andrew Thorpe is a partner in the corporate group of Orrick’s San Francisco office and has represented clients in the technology, fintech, and life sciences sectors. Karen Dempsey is also a partner in the corporate group of Orrick’s San Francisco office and has been involved in a number of significant venture capital and public market deals. John Palmer is a senior associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office and has advised a number of leading public institutions, including major school districts, cities, counties and chart schools.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Orrick.

Practitioner Speaker Series
 
Innovating for Social Impact 
A conversation with Joel Beck-Coon (’11), Associate General Counsel of Humanity United, Nancy McGlamery, Principal at Adler & Colvin, and Will Fitzpatrick, Principal at Will Fitzpatrick PC and General Counsel of Omidyar Network.
 
Monday, October 3, 2016 
Boalt Hall 140 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
 
Joel Beck-Coon (’11) is the Associate General Counsel of Humanity United, a leading foundation and investor in human rights innovation. Nancy McGlamery is a principal at Adler & Colvin, a San Francisco based firm specializing in nonprofit law. Will Fitzpatrick is the principal at Will Fitzpatrick PC, where he supports philanthropic efforts around the world, including serving as general counsel and secretary of the board of the Omidyar Network. Joel, Nancy and Will joined us to discuss their work and the latest innovations in social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and nonprofit law. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Davis Polk.

San Francisco Happy Hour 
Business Law Happy Hour with new students and Bay Area attorneys!
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 
111 Minna Gallery (111 Minna Street, San Francisco) | 6:00-8:00PM
 
This annual event connected new Berkeley Law students with young attorneys from a number of the Bay Area’s top firms.

Venture Capital Speaker Series
Regulating Silicon Valley | The View from Abroad
A conversation with Helena Malikova, Case Manager at the European Commission, Directorate General for Competition.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Helena Malikova, CFA, is a case manager at the European Commission (EC), Directorate General for Competition. She joined the EC in 2009 at the outbreak of the financial crisis and previously worked at Société Generale and Credit Suisse. Helena has been involved with investigations into the tax arrangements at Starbucks, Fiat, Amazon, McDonald’s and most recently, she was the case manager for the EC’s investigation into Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland. 
 

Scott Carey Speaker Series
The General Counsel | Salle Yoo of Uber
A conversation with Salle Yoo, General Counsel of Uber Technologies.
 
Monday, September 26, 2016 
Boalt Hall 105 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Salle Yoo is the general counsel of Uber Technologies and manages legal and regulatory issues for a $66 billion company with operations in over 250 cities and 50 countries. She joined us to discuss her career, issues of inclusion and diversity in the legal and technology fields, and trends in the shared economy.
 

Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series | WSGR 
Data! Data! Data! Privacy and Internet Strategy in Silicon Valley  
A conversation with Michael Rubin, co-chair of the privacy and data protection practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Michael Rubin is a hiring partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the co-chair of the firm’s privacy and data protection practice! He has represented Google, LG, Spotify and SoundCloud in a number of the world’s most critical data privacy cases. Michael joined us to discuss his practice and hot trends in data privacy and protection.
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.


Brexit: Forward Thinking for the Multi-National Corporation 
GC Roundtable
Presented by Davis Polk deep  conversations and the Berkeley Center for Law and Business  
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco | 8:30-11:00AM 
 
Selected general counsels, leading international thinkers and economists from the University of California, Berkeley and experts from Davis Polk, Barclays, Freshfields, Mckinsey and PwC joined us for a breakfast round table to discuss the impact of Brexit and how to best prepare and respond. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by Davis Polk.

BCCN Panel | Building Your In-House Practice 
Building and Managing an In-House Legal Practice 
A conversation with Basha Rubin, CEO and Founder of Priori Legal, Andrew Kim, General Counsel of Netgear, and Robert White, Executive Director of the California Minority Counsel Program. 
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 
Gunderson Dettmer San Francisco | 6:00PM
 
Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network joined us for a conversation on advancing an in-house legal career, building an efficient legal team, and managing external legal resources. This event was only open to in-house attorneys.

Practitioner Speaker Series| Proskauer 
Going Public! A Review of IPOs in 2016  
A conversation with Pippa Bond and Casey McDonald of Proskauer Rose LLP.
 
Monday, September 19, 2016 
Boalt Hall 140 | 12:45-1:45PM
Going public through an initial public offering (IPO) is a major event in the lifecycle of a successful company. 

Pippa Bond is a partner and Casey McDonald is an associate in the global capital markets group of Proskauer Rose. Pippa and Casey have worked on a number of significant public offerings, including for Smart & Final and Guitar Center. They joined us to discuss life as a capital markets attorney and to discuss their ongoing study on IPO activity in 2016. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

BCLB Special Event | Lawyering for Innovation 
Lawyering for Innovation 
A conversation with Robert Bartlett, Professor of Law, Nancy Heinen (’82), Strategy Consultant & Board Advisor of SV2 – Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, Robert Merges, Professor of Law, Duane Valz (’96), VP & General Counsel of Zymergen, and Mitchell Zuklie (’96), Global Chairman and CEO of Orrick.
 
Friday, September 16, 2016 
Booth Auditorium | 1:15-2:45PM
A special Berkeley Law Alumni Weekend panel on Startup@BerkeleyLaw and innovation in the legal practice!

During this event industry leaders, faculty, alumni, and students discussed about the role of law in encouraging entrepreneurship in the startup world. This event was only open to alumni and current students.

How to Socialize with Attorneys 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 

Boalt Hall Warren Room | 6:00-8:00PM
Susan RoAne, nationally recognized communications expert and author of How To Work a Room and The Secrets of Savvy Networking, offered the practical strategies, techniques and tips to meet, mix and mingle in any setting.  
 
This event was co-sponsored by the CDO and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

BCLB Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series | Weil Gotshal 
West Coast M&A | Buying and Selling in Silicon Valley 
A conversation with Cristiana Blauth Oliveira (’12) and Keith Flaum of Weil Gotshal.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 
Boalt Hall Room 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
Cristiana Blauth Oliveira (’12) is an associate and Keith Flaum is a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Cristiana and Keith have worked on a number of the largest merger and acquisitions (M&A) in Silicon Valley, including Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, Oracle’s acquisition of NetSuite, and Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. They joined us to discuss life as an M&A lawyer in Silicon Valley and to provide an overview of the Silicon Valley M&A market. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

BCLB Practitioner Speaker Series | Baker & McKenzie 
The Fixers 
A conversation with the global restructuring team at Baker & McKenzie, San Francisco. 
 
Monday, September 12, 2016 
Boalt Hall Room 140 | 12:45-1:45PM

In the United States, and Silicon Valley specifically, we’ve seen numerous multinational technology companies announce spin-offs or global divestitures in order to streamline their portfolio of business, allowing distinct entities to focus on core business with a view to increasing shareholder profits. This event was joined with a group of attorneys helping to lead this charge – Irina Shestakova, Helena Engfeldt (J.S.D. ’13 and LL.M ’09) and Inna Wood (LL.M. ’11) of Baker & McKenzie, San Francisco. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


Venture Capital Speaker Series
The Market Maker | Howard Caro
A conversation with Howard Caro, Managing Director of Scenic Advisement 
 
Monday, August 29, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 140 | 12:45-1:45PM 

Howard Caro
is the Managing Director of Scenic Advisement, a boutique investment bank that represents investors, founders and employees of late-stage private technology companies in the secondary capital markets. Previously, Howard was the general counsel of Founders Fund and a partner at Hogan Lovells and Heller Ehrman. Howard joined us and disscued about an exciting new space in venture capital – the rise of secondary markets for large private technology companies.
 
This event was co-sponsored by Morrison & Foerster and the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Scott Carey Speaker Series
Counseling Silicon Valley | Marie Oh Huber
A conversation with Marie Oh Huber, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eBay 
 
Friday, August 26, 2016 
Boalt Hall Room 132 | 12:45-1:45PM

Marie Oh Huber is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eBay and a board member of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She was previously a Senior Vice President for Agilent Technologies and a corporate counsel at Hewlett Packard. Marie is a pioneer in the Silicon Valley legal industry and has practiced at the forefront of the technological revolution. She joined us and discussed about her career as well as the future of technology and legal practice.
BCLB Hot Topic Law Firm: Davis Polk 
Business Law at Berkeley and Beyond
An introduction to the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and a conversation with attorneys from the California, DC, and New York offices of Davis Polk
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 
Boalt Hall Room 132 | 12:45-1:45PM



This event provided an introduction to business law programs at Berkeley Law by Adam Sterling, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business. As well as an opportunity to hear from top business law attorneys from Davis Polk & Wardell LLP, a leading corporate law firm with offices strategically situated in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Those present from Davis Polk included Martine Beamon (securities and white collar enforcement, NY based), Anthony Fenwick (IP litigation, Silicon Valley based), Chris Hockett (commercial/antitrust litigation, Silicon Valley based), Sarah Solum (corporate/transactional, Silicon Valley based), and Linda Thomsen (securities and white collar enforcement, DC based) .

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal

The 2016 M&A Roundtable
May 18-19,2016
New York City

Renowned thought leaders from industry, law firms, investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, academia and government united for a frank and spirited discussion about leading M&A issues of the day. Held in Kirkland & Ellis’s New York office,  this event brought together professionals and scholars for a discussion on the challenges of M&A and what the field may look like in the future.

This event was co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis.


Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network

Breakfast Talk | Ricardo Cortes-Monroy
A conversation between Professor Steven Davidoff-Solomon and Ricardo Cortes-Monroy, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Nestlé
Friday, May 6, 2016
Palo Alto

BCLB presented a conversation between Professor Steven Davidoff-Solomon and Ricardo Cortes-Monroy, the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Nestlé. Professor Davidoff Solomon and Mr. Cortes-Monroy addressed a number of hot topics, including the intersection of governance, shareholder activism, and corporate sustainability. The Breakfast Talk will also featured special introductions from Berkeley Law Dean Melissa Murray and Kenton King (’87), partner at Skadden. 

This event was co-sponsored by the Boalt Hall Alumni Center and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.


EIW Unlocked!
A conversation with the legal recruiters from Cooley, Davis Polk, Gunderson Dettmer, Kirkland & Ellis, Orrick, Skadden, Weil, and Wilson Sonsini
Friday, April 22, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 110; 12:45-1:45pm

Students participated in an informative Q&A session with the non-attorneys that manage law firm recruiting.

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


Practitioner Speaker Series
Dissolving Hollywood | Laura Wasser
A conversation with Laura Wasser, leading family law attorney, with special introduction from Berkeley Law Dean Melissa Murray
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Boalt Hall 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Laura Wasser is a Los Angeles-based family law attorney with nearly twenty years of experience. She has represented a number of the country’s top celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Ryan Reynolds, Christina Aguilera, Heidi Klum, Britney Spears and Shaquille O’Neal. Laura has also represented a number of pro bono clients from the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. To view photos from this event please click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini and the BBLJ.


Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series
How To Be a Great Associate | Summer + First Year
A conversation with attorneys from Gunderson Dettmer
Monday, April 18, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132: 12:45-1:45pm

Gunderson Dettmer is the only business law firm of its kind-singularly focused on the global venture capital and emerging technology marketplace. With 200 attorneys in eight offices-Silicon Valley, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Ann Arbor, San Francisco and Beijing, China-the firm represents more than 2,000 high-growth companies from a broad range of industries in every stage of development.

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


Berkeley Corporate Conference 2016
The Corporate Contract in Changing Times: Is The Law Keeping Up?

April 14-15, 2016
Boalt Hall

In collaboration with Vanderbilt Law School and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz, BCLB helped host the first-ever Berkeley Corporate Conference. This two-day, four-panel event explored the development of corporate law, the evolving relationships between corporate stakeholders, and what corporate lawmaking may look like in the future. Two days full of insightful panels, this event was great way to both network and learn from some of the best litigators, professionals, and scholars in a variety of fields. For more information, click here. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Vanderbilt Law School, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


Startup@BerkeleyLaw Monthly Workshop & Attorney Office Hours
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Boalt Hall 

Workshop | IP for Startups 101 | 4:00pm-6:00pm
Goldberg Room

Attendees learned the basics behind securing a company’s intellectual property with Stephen Gillespie and Chris Joslyn of Fenwick & West.

Attorney Office Hours | 6:00pm-7:30pm
Goldberg Room

Attendees networked with general corporate and IP attorneys from Fenwick & West.


Startup@BerkeleyLaw Presents
Orrick | Anik Guha
A conversation with Anik Guha, Partner at Orrick.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Anik Guha, a Partner at Orrick, joined us to discuss his career in Silicon Valley. Mr. Guha and Orrick have represented a number of Silicon Valley’s top companies, including Jibe, Nest Labs, Pinterest, Upworthy, and top venture capitalists, including Bessemer Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins!

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.


Practitioner Speaker Series
From the Beltway to the Boardroom | Jai Massari
A conversation with Jai Massari, attorney at Davis Polk
Monday, April 11, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45pm-1:45pm

Jai Massari is an associate in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group and the Trading and Markets practice. She advises global banks, investors and corporations on the impact of federal regulations, include Dodd-Frank. Jai also works with industry organizations in connection with advocacy efforts on key legislative and regulatory proposals.

This event was co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini and the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


2016 Business Law Lunch Fair
Friday, April 8, 2016
Boalt Hall 

Practice Area Breakdown | Warren Room | 12:45pm-1:15pm
Practice Area Breakdown with BCLB and the CDO.

Firm Lunch Fair | Steinhart Courtyard | 1:15pm-2:30pm

Lunch Fair with Cooley, Gunderson Dettmer, Kirkland & Ellis, Orrick, Skadden, Weil and Wilson Sonsini. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was catered by Top Dog and co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Career Development Office.


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
The Technology Lawyer – Marie Oh Huber
A conversation with Marie Oh Huber, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eBay Inc.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
CANCELLED

 
Marie Oh Huber is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eBay and a board member of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She was previously a Senior Vice President for Agilent Technologies and a corporate counsel at Hewlett Packard. Marie is a pioneer in the Silicon Valley legal industry and has practiced at the forefront of the technological revolution. She joins us to discuss her career and explore the future of technology and legal practice.
 
This event is co-sponsored by the Korea Law Center, Orrick and the BBLJ.


Smart Course Planning | Fall 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 100; 12:45pm-1:45pm

 

BCLB held an information session about the business law courses at Berkeley Law. The session previewed the Fall 2016 classes and highlighted new course offerings.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


M&A Speaker Series
M&A in Silicon Valley | Sarah Payne
A Conversation with Sarah Payne (’01), Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell
Friday, April 1, 2016
CANCELLED

Sarah Payne (’01) is partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Silicon Valley office and advises public and private companies on corporate governance matters, financings and mergers and acquisitions.  She has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” a “Rising Star” and “Lawyer of the Week.”  Sarah has worked on a number of the hottest deals in Silicon Valley, including the IPO of Alibaba.

This event was co-sponsored by Weil Gotshal and the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


Law & Tech Speaker Series
WhatsApp Inc. | Mark Kahn (’00)
A conversation with Mark Kahn (’00), Deputy General Counsel at WhatsApp Inc.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 105; 12:45-1:45pm

Mark Kahn (’00) presented on a December 2015 decision by a Brazilian court ordering backbone providers to block access to WhatsApp.  Mr. Kahn discussed the various events leading up to the block as well as the actions that WhatsApp took in response.  In addition, he touched on the significant legal and business challenges that a small US-based company faces in navigating multiple, sometimes conflicting, legal regimes.

 

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
The Global Chairman | Mitchell Zuklie
A Conversation with Mitchell Zuklie (’96), global Chairman and Founder of CamberView Partners
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45pm-1:45pm

Mitchell Zuklie (’96) is the global chairman and Chief Executive Office of Orrick and has represented a number of leading companies and investors, including Nest Labs, eHarmony, Kleiner Perkins, Pandora and Oracle.  Mitchell currently serves on the board of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business.  

This event was co-sponsored by the California Law Review, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and the BBLJ.


Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series
So You Want To Be a Deal Lawyer…
A special evening mixer with William Sorabella and Josh Kogan, Partners at Kirkland & Ellis
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Boalt Hall Faculty Club; 5:30pm-7:30pm

William Sorabella is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis and his practice focuses on merger and acquisition transactions involving public companies. He has worked on the acquisitions of Burger King, Heinz, and a number of other major companies. Josh Kogan is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and serves on the New York Office’s recruiting committee. He represents private equity funds in major leveraged buyout transactions, mergers, venture capital investments and restructurings.

BCLB also had a professional photographer on hand to shoot professional LinkedIn headshots for attendees. 

This event was co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis and the BBLJ.


Shareholder Activism Speaker Series
The Shareholder Whisperer | Abe Friedman (’98)
A conversation with Abe Friedman (’98), Managing Partner and Founder of CamberView Partners
Monday, March 28, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 145; 12:45pm-1:45pm

Abe Friedman (’98) is the Managing Partner of CamberView Partners, the leading shareholder activism advisory firm. Prior to founding CamberView, Abe was a Managing Director and the Global Head of Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. To view photos from this event please click here

This event was co-sponsored by the CamberView Partners and the BBLJ.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
Leading Silicon Valley | Erika Rottenberg
A Conversation with Erika Rottenberg (’92), former General Counsel of Linkedin, SumTotal Systems, and Creative Labs
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Boalt Hall 170; 6:00pm-7:00pm 

Erika Rottenberg (’92) is the former VP, General Counsel and Secretary of LinkedIn and was previously the SVP, GC and Secretary for the Nasdaq-listed SumTotal Systems and the VP, Strategec Development and GC for Creative Labs. She is also on the board of Wix.com and helped mentor numerous women professionals, pre-professionals, students and practitioners.  Erika joined us to discuss her career and provide advice to students preparing to enter the legal practice.  

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
The All-Star | Murray Indick
A conversation with Murray Indick, Partner at Morrison & Foerster
Friday, March 18, 2016
CANCELLED


Murray Indick
is a partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster and is the co-chair of the firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice.  In 2015, he was one of just 12 attorneys from the Bay Area to be named a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting.  Prior to Morrison & Foerster, Murray was a partner and general counsel at Blum Capital Partners and partner and general counsel at Prides Capital Partners.  Murray has represented a number of Silicon Valley’s top companies and investment funds and in 2014, served as outside counsel to the Los Angeles Clippers following the NBA’s suspension of Donald Sterling.

This event was co-sponsored by Orrick and the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


Startup@BerkeleyLaw Legal Workshops + Attorney Office Hours
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Boalt Hall Warren Room

Workshop | Startup Equity 101 | 4:00pm-6:00pm
Learn the basics behind founder’s equity, common stock, options, convertible debt and preferred stock.

Attorney Office Hours | 6:00pm-7:00pm
Featuring corporate and IP attorneys from orrick Herrington & Suitcliffe LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


Venture Capital Speaker Series
The Global Startup Lawyer

A conversation with Neil Dugal, Corporate Counsel at 500 Startups
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45pm-1:45pm
 
Neil Dugal is a corporate counsel with 500 Startups, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators and venture capital firms. He oversees a wide variety of legal operations for 500 Startups, including financing transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Neil was previously an attorney with Fenwick & West.  

BCLB & the Berkeley Business Law Journal Present….
The Practitioner Perspective | Women in Business Law
Panel discussion with leading in-house and law firm attorneys
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 6:00pm-7:30pm
 
A conversation with Liz Eraker Palley (’11), attorney at Google: Claire James, attorney at Kirkland & Ellis; Nadia Karkar, attorney at Weil Gotshal: Maria Schindler (’11), director at SRS Acquiom and co-chair of the Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network, and Maggie White, attorney at Gunderson Dettmer. Hosted in collaboration with the Boalt Hall Women’s Association and the Berkeley Business Law Journal, the evening featured wines from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant.
The dinner was part of our new Women in Business Law mentorship program and attended by first year Berkeley Law students and attorney mentors from the BCLB sponsor firms. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored the Boalt Hall Women’s Association and Career Development Office


Law & Tech Speaker Series
Covington Burling LLP | Bradley A. Chernin

A conversation with Bradley A. Chernin, Corporate Associate at Covington Burling LLP
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 105; 12:45pm-1:45pm
 
A conversation with Corporate Associate Bradley A. Chernin of Covington & Burling LLP. Mr. Chernin gave a presentation on early legal issues faced by technology startups.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal

 


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
Navigating Capital Markets
A Conversation with Kevin Kennedy (’91), Partner at Simpson Thacher
Friday, March 11, 2016
CANCELLED

 

Kevin Kennedy (’91) is a partner in Simpson Thacher’s corporate department and co-chair of the firm’s pro bono committee. He has served as primary outside counsel for a number of Silicon Valley’s leading companies and has represented issuers and underwriters on a variety of securities transactions, especially initial public offerings (IPOs). Kevin has been named one of California’s “Top 100 Leading Lawyers” by the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal and “Lawyer of the Week” by the Financial Times.


Practitioner Speaker Series
A Report From The Capital of Corporate Law
A Conversation with Russel C. Silberglied, Director at Richards, Layton & Finger
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm

 
Russell Silberglied is a director at Richards, Layton & Finger and practices both bankruptcy litigation and core chapter 11 work. He also advises boards of directors of troubled companies on fiduciary duties and key corporate governance issues. Russ has managed a number of high-profile reorganizations, including Tower Records, F-Squared Investment Management, and Tennenbau, Capital Partners. To see photos from this event, please click here.
 
This event was co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the BBLJ.


Uncle Sam Wants You…To Help Regulate the Financial Sector
Panel featuring Bay Area attorneys
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 5:45pm

Tracy Davis is the Assistant Regional Director, Enforcement at the Securities Exchange Commission San Francisco Regional Office. She supervises staff attorneys and accountants in their investigations of violations of federal securities law. Adam Reeves is the Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Section at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern California, San Francisco. He has prosecuted securities fraud, insider trading, FCPA violations and other complex fraud cases since 1999. Meghan Bailey is the Principal Regional Counsel, Enforcement Department at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) She represents FINRA in various disciplinary investigations and hearings. Anna Tryon Pletcher (’05) is Assistant Chief of the San Francisco Office of the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division and a lecturer at Berkeley Law. The panel featured special introductory comments by Troy Paredes, former commissioner of the SEC.

General Counsel Speaker Series
The General Counsel – Rashmi Garde
A Conversation with Rashmi Garde (’95), General Counsel of Centrify  
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Rashmi Garde (’95) is the general counsel of Centrify, one of the hottest cybersecurity companies in Silicon Valley.  Prior to joining Centrify, Rashmi was the general counsel at BloomReach, Marin Software, and VMware. Rashmi joined us to discuss her career as a leading general counsel and to reflect on today’s corporate legal environment.

This event was co-sponsored by Skadden and the BBLJ.


Silicon Valley Abroad Symposium
The Berkeley Business Law Journal Annual Symposium
Friday, March 4, 2016
Boalt Hall

This year’s symposium examined the opportunities and challenges facing investors and entrepreneurs looking to expand beyond Silicon Valley as well as international investors and entrepreneurs looking to enter the Silicon Valley market.  California CLE credit was also offered.

Warren Room; 10:30am-12:00pm

Global Innovation:  A Legal Perspective

A conversation with Victoria Dockrell, international corporate counsel for 500 Startups and Abraham Cable, Associate Professor of Law at UC Hastings

Boalt Hall Room 100; 12:45pm-1:45pm

Keynote: Dave McClure and Christine Tsai

A conversation with Dave McClure and Christine Tsai, the founders of 500 Startups. To see photos from this event, please click here.

Warren Room; 5:00pm-6:30pm
CANCELLED

JD+LLM Speed Mixer (Students Only)

An opportunity for current students to connect with future practitioners from across the globe.


General Counsel Speaker Series
Litigation vs. Transaction Panel
Presented by the Boalt Hall Women’s Association
Monday, February 29, 2016
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 5:45-8:00pm

 

The Boalt Hall Women’s Association (BHWA) hosted a panel of litigation and transactional attorneys addressing the differences in their practices, including day-to-day responsibilities and work-life balance.

M&A Speaker Series
The Deal Lawyers
A Conversation with the David Caplan, Partner & General Counsel at Atairos and William Kelly, Founder of Davis Polk’s Menlo Park Office
Monday, February 29, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132: 12:45-1;45pm

David Caplan is a partner and general counsel for Atairos, a new investment firm spun out of Comcast. Prior to joining Atairos, David served as the head of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice.  At Davis Polk, David served as the lead attorney in a number of significant deals, including Aetna in its pending acquisition of Humana, Comcast in it is acquisition of NBCUniversal and Harvard University in connection with the digitization of its library collection by Google.  William Kelly is a senior counsel and founder of Davis Polk’s Menlo Park office.  William has been involved in some of Silicon Valley’s most significant transactions and previously served at general counsel of Silicon Graphics. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis and the BBLJ.


Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network – Launch Luncheon
Friday, February 26, 2016
San Francisco, CA

BCLB and the Boalt Hall Alumni Center celebrated the launch of the Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network, a networking and CLE group for in-house alumni. The event featured introductory remarks from Dean Sujit Choundhry, Nicola Corzine, John Kuo, and Adam Sterling as well as a panel on cybersecurity and corporate governance with leading experts and general counsels including Alexa King of FireEye, Sharon Zezima of GoPro, Betsy Cooper of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity and Maria Schindler of SRS Acquiom. For photos of the event, click here.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
The Silicon Valley Counselor – Steve Bochner
A Conversation with Steve Bochner (’81), Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati  
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132: 12:45-1:45pm

 

Steve Bochner (’81) is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and has over 30 years of experience practicing corporate and securities laws for many of Silicon Valley’s most prominent firms.  From 2009 to 2012, Steve was the CEO of Wilson Sonsini and oversaw a significant expansion of the firm, including expanded operations in China, Brussels and Delaware.  Steve is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s board of directors and chair of the advisory board of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business. To view photos from this event, please click here. To read one of  Steve’s forthcoming publications, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis and the BBLJ.


Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series
The Corporate Emergency Room
A Conversation with Melissa Koss and Natasha Hwangpo, Attorneys at Kirkland & Ellis
Monday, February 22, 2016 
Boalt Hall, Warren Room; 12;45-1:45pm

Melissa Koss is an attorney in the restructuring group in Kirkland & Ellis’s San Francisco office and Natasha Hwangpo is an attorney in the restructuring group in Kirkland & Ellis’s New York City office. Melissa and Natasha represent key stakeholders in complex corporate restructurings and has worked on a number of leading deals, including the restructuring of Caesars Entertainment, UMB Bank, and Coldwater Creek. To view photos from this event, please click here

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


BCLT Career Fair – Intellectual Property and Technology Careers
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Boalt Hall, Steinhart Courtyard; 12:30-2:00pm

BCLB was proud to cosponsor the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology’s (BCLT) 2016 Career Fair. Students had an opportunity to visit technology attorneys from a number of leading law firms. For students interested in general corporate practices, including M&A, securities, and capital markets, BCLB will be hosting a career fair on April 8, 2016. For more details on the BCLT Career Fair, click here.


Venture Capital Speaker Series
The VC Lawyer – Paul Vronsky
A Conversation with Paul Vronsky, General Counsel of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Paul Vronsky is the general counsel for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms with high-profile investments in companies such as Amazon, Genentech, and Google. As general counsel, Paul oversees legal matters for KCPB’s investments, fund operations, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining KPCB, Paul was an attorney at Gunderson Dettmer. He joins us to discuss his career and the challenges of managing a high-profile venture capital firm. For photos of the event, click here.
This event was co-sponsored by Gunderson Dettmer, the BCLT, and the BBLJ.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
The Federal Judge – Judge Jed Rakoff
A Conversation with the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Monday, February 8, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm
The Honorable Jed S. Rakoff is a United States District Judge on senior status for the Southern District of New York. He was nominated to the court in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, was a federal prosecutor for over a decade and is an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School. In 2014, Fortune magazine named Judge Rakoff one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. Judge Rakoff joined us to discuss his career and to reflect on today’s most pressing legal issues in the business world and beyond. For photos of the event, click here.
This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ and the California Law Review.


General Counsel Speaker Series
Powering California – Hyun Park
A Conversation with Hyun Park, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at PG&E Corporation
Friday, February 5, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Hyun Park is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the PG&E Corporation, an investor-owned utility that provides power to much of Northern California. Previously a partner at Latham & Watkins, and with over 25 years of experience in the legal sector, Hyun oversees a massive legal infrastructure and has dealt with a number of incredibly complex legal issues. Hyun joined us to discuss his career and to reflect on his experience helping to run one of the world’s largest and most unique utility firms.
This event was co-sponsored by the Korea Law Center, Skadden, and BBLJ.


FORM+FUND Conference
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room

WORKSHOP – Startup Law 101
 
9:00-11:00am

Attorney Office Hours
Featuring Corporate and IP attorneys from Gunderson Dettmer
11:00am-12:30am

Keynote Address – Scott Kupor
Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Boalt Hall Room 110; 12:45pm-1:45pm

Scott Kupor is the managing partner and chief operating officer at Andreessen Horowitz. One of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz has taken major positions in leading technology companies, including Twitter, Facebook, and Airbnb. Scott is a graduate of Stanford Law School, has served as an executive-in-residence at Haas Business school, and will be teaching a course at Berkeley Law in 2016. He joined us to discuss his career and the state of corporate governance in Silicon Valley. For photos from this event, please click here.

WORKSHOP -VC Fundraising Dos + Don’ts
Featuring Skyline Ventures and attorneys from Cooley LLP

5:00pm-6:00pm

This event was co-sponsored by Startup@BerkeleyLaw, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and the BBLJ.


Antitrust, IP, Board Processes, and M&A in 2016: Challenges and Conundrums for the West Coast

Friday, January 29, 2016
San Francisco
 
BCLB and Cleary Gottlieb co-presented a series of roundtable discussions with experts in the fields of Antitrust and IP law. The event featured experts such as Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III, George Cary, Marie Oh Huber, Carl Shapiro, and Steven Davidoff Solomon. The event tackled the challenges and conundrums relating to Antitrust and IP for the West Coast, and led to many productive conversations and ideas that will influence corporate law in future years. For photos of the event, please click here.


The New York M&A Practice
A conversation with Expert M&A, IP and Antitrust Attorneys from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 12; 4:30-5:30pm
 
George Cary (’76), former lead trial attorney at the FTC, is advising Dow on the combination with DuPont. Ethan Klingsberg advised Google on the creation of Alphabet. Daniel Ilan handled the largest set of patent transactions in history. Glenn McGrory is advising France’s Air Liquide on the mega-cross-border takeover of the USA’s Airgas. Paul Shim is advising Allergan on the combination with Pfizer, the largest-ever healthcare transaction. Neil Whoriskey is advising Western Digital on the takeover of SanDisk. The panelists discussed the latest developments in Antitrust, M&A, and Transactional IP from associates and partners at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, a top ranked national and global firm. For photos of the event, click here.
This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


Practitioner Speaker Series
The Corporate Clerkship
A conversation with Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

The Honorable Sam Glasscock III was appointed to the Delaware Court of Chancery in 2011 after having served as Master in Chancery for over a decade. The vast majority of companies in the United States are incorporated in Delaware and the Delaware Court of Chancery is the primary court that oversees business law in the United States. Vice Chancellor Glasscock joined us to discuss his career and opportunities for clerkships in Delaware. Click here to view photos from this event.

This event was co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the BBLJ.


Venture Capital Speaker Series
Funding Silicon Valley
A conversation with Jason Doren, General Counsel of SVB Capital, and Stephan Eberle, Assistant General Counsel of SVB Financial Group
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Jason Doren is the general counsel of SVB Capital, which oversees Silicon Valley Bank’s portfolio of managed venture capital and private equity funds and investments. As general counsel, Jason has responsibility for legal, regulatory and government affairs matters related to the bank’s funds and investments. Jason has over 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley and co-chairs the NVCA Venture Capital General Counsel group. Stephan Eberle is the assistant general counsel of SVB Financial Group, which oversees all of SVB’s commercial banking business. As a leading attorney for the bank, Stephan has responsibility for global lending efforts, including venture debt, and oversees legal issues for subsidiaries in China, India, Israel and the United Kingdom. Jason and Stephan joined us to reflect on their careers as top attorneys at Silicon Valley’s leading financial institution and discussed key trends in the startup financial market.
This event was co-sponsored by Gunderson Dettmer and the BBLJ.


Cybersecurity Speaker Series
What Do You Know About Cybersecurity?
A conversation with Tyler Gerking (’02), Partner at Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Monday, January 25, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Tyler Gerking
(’02) is a partner at Farella Braun + Martel LLP and has a leading practice advising clients on cyber-liability and data security. He also has a substantial commercial litigation practice focused on recovering money for individual and corporate policyholders under all types of insurance policies. Tyler’s clients have included Seagate Technology, McAfee, Electronic Arts, McKesson, and Novartis. He joined us to discuss how cybersecurity plays a role in the legal practice and to reflect on his career as a successful business and technology attorney. Click here to view photos from this event. 

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
Hiring and Firing in Silicon Valley
A conversation with Steven Friedlander (’90), Founder at SV Employment Law Firm
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm

Steven Friedlander (’90) is the founder of SV Employment Law Firm, a boutique firm that specializes in employment litigation and counseling for companies, groups and individuals in Silicon Valley. Prior to starting his own firm, Steven was a partner at Cooley LLP. Steven has established expertise in a number of cutting-edge areas, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, whistleblower retaliation, and stock options. Our conversation with Steven touched on a number of topics critical to anyone interested in a legal career in Silicon Valley or beyond.

This event was co-sponsored by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and the BBLJ.


Access Denied
A conversation with Mark Kahn (’00), Deputy General Counsel at WhatsApp
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Mark Kahn, Deputy General Counsel for WhatsApp Inc., will give a talk regarding a December 2015 decision by a Brazilian court ordering backbone providers to block access to WhatsApp. Mark will discuss the various events leading up to the block as well as the actions that WhatsApp took in response. In addition, he will touch on the significant legal and business challenges that a small US-based company faces in navigating multiple, sometimes conflicting, legal regimes.

This event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.


M&A Speaker Series
The Global Dealmakers
A conversation with Keith Pagnani and Matt Hurd (’91), Partners at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 134; 9:00-10:00am

Keith Pagnani and Matt Hurd are partners at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and co-heads of the firm’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Group.  They are two of of the world’s top M&A attorneys and have led deals for a number of top firms, including Amgen, CVS, UnitedHealth Group, and Priceline (in its acquisitions of OpenTable and KAYAK).  Keith and Matt joined us from their New York office to discuss the M&A market and reflect on their careers as leading global dealmakers. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Weil Gotshal & Manges and the BBLJ.


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
#twittercounsel
A conversation with Benjamin Lee, VP of Legal and Deputy General Counsel at Twitter
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Many corporate attorneys aspire to move in-house and Ben Lee has worked as a corporate counsel at some of the world’s top companies, including Twitter, Google, and AT&T. At Twitter, Ben manages litigation and intellectual property and is exposed to a number of complex and cutting edge legal issues. Ben joins us to discuss his work and provide advice for law students considering a career path that may one-day lead in-house.

This event was co-sponsored by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, the Korea Law Center, and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.


A conversation with Leo E. Strine, Jr., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
San Francisco; 11:30am-2:30pm

The Berkeley Center for Law and Business hosted an insightful lunchtime conversation with the honorable Leo E. Strine Jr., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware. This event was co-sponsored by  Weil Gotshal & Manges, Houlihan Lokey, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. For photos of the event, click here.