Events 2017

Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum | November 16-17, 2017 | Berkeley
U.C. Berkeley Annual Symposium on Corporate Law | October 26-27, 2017 | San Francisco
Venture Capital Deal Camp | October 23-26, 2017 | Berkeley
Fundamentals of Banking Law & FinTech | October 10-12, 2017 | San Francisco

Think Tank on Sustainability | September 6-7, 2017 | Santiago, Chile

 
Venture Capital Summer Deal Camp
 
Thursday, June 22
IMD Lausanne Campus | 8:30-6:30PM
 
Summer Deal Camp was a one day version of 500 Startups and UC Berkeley’s popular venture capital executive education program. The program was focused on the mechanics of deal making for investors, entrepreneurs, executives, and lawyers, who want to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments.
 
For more information and a detailed agenda, visit IMD’s page here.
 
Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley, IMD Business School, 500 Startups, Startup@BerkeleyLaw, and The Berkeley-Hass Institute for Business Innovation.


Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network
Fireside Chat & Breakfast Mixer
 
Wednesday, May 24
Simpson Thacher, Palo Alto | 9:30-12PM
 
Berkeley Law Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon and co-author Frank Partnoy joined Allison Bennington of ValueAct Capital and Berkeley Law Professor Robert Bartlett to discuss their featured Atlantic article, “Frank and Steven’s Excellent Corporate-Raiding Adventure.” 

Fifth Annual M&A Roundtable
 
Thursday-Friday, May 18-19
Kirkland & Ellis New York Office | 2-5PM & 9-12PM
 
Participants spent two days with renowned thought leaders from industry, law firms, investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, academia and government as they addressed current and leading M&A issues. Participants were able to engage in bold discussions — analyzing, brainstorming and evaluating the latest M&A trends in this interactive event. 
 
Presented by Berkeley Center for Law and Business and Kirkland & Ellis.

Special Event
Vision 2020 Think Tank: Advancement Through Empowerment | Women and Disabilities
 
Thursday, April 27
Morrison & Foerster Offices | 5:30-7:30PM
RSVP to Dr. Sara L. Terheggen no later than April 15. 
 
Please join us as a participant in the next Vision 2020 Think Tank for an engaging discussion on women and disabilities from the viewpoints of government, private sector, politics and the community. This amazing panel will share insights, perspectives and personal experiences on the potential power of women with disabilities.
 
The panel will include Janni Lehrer-Stein, a Disability Rights Advocate who was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve two terms as a member of the National Council on Disability; Kathy Martinez, who is the senior vice president and head of disability and accessibility strategy at Wells Fargo; Ann O’Leary, a partner in the Palo Alto office of Boies Schiller Flexner and a leader in the Bay Area nonprofit community; Alice Wong, a sociologist, research consultant, and disability activist who is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project; and Sara L. Terheggen, a corporate partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP who was recently named by the San Francisco Business Times as one of its “Top 40 Under 40,” and is a California delegate for the Vision 2020 Project.

Special Lunch Talk
The Role of the Silicon Valley Lawyer Under the New Administration
A panel featuring Ira Lam, the General Counsel of Kabam; Kevin Smith, the founder of Vault ; and Sergio Garcia, the General Counsel of Zeltiq.
 
Wednesay, April 19
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
After the panel discussion, there was a reception at the Free House from 2-3PM. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.
 
Lunch will be provided by Gregoire’s.

Special Lunch Talk
Smart Course Planning: What to Take in Business Law and Why
 
Monday, April 10
Boalt Hall 170 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Did you know that Berkeley Law now offers over twenty unique business law courses each semester? Participants joined us for an information session on the Fall 2017 business law curriculum and business law certificate  requirements.
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

 Lunch Talk
Insight From General Counsel at Y Combinator and Memebox
This event featured a conversation with Jason Kwon (’09), Y Combinator Continuity’s General Counsel, and Jeff Kang, General Counsel at Memebox.
 
Thursday, April 6
Boalt Hall 130 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Jason Kwon (’09) is Y Combinator Continuity’s General Counsel. Y Combinator Continuity is Y Combinator’s growth fund that’s dedicated to supporting founders as they scale their companies. YC is a start-up accelerator that’s funded and worked with several successful companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe and Memebox. Before joining YC, Jason was the Assistant General Counsel at Khosla Ventures and an attorney at Goodwin, where he advised start-ups, venture investors and founders in venture financings, M&A deals, strategic transactions, secondary sales, debt financings, governance matters and compensation issues.
 
Jeff Kang is General Counsel at Memebox. Memebox is one of the fastest growing beauty brands in the world and the first Korean company to graduate from Y Combinator.  It has exploded onto the scene with its unique web-based business model, closing $65.95 million in series C funding in 2016.  Before joining Memebox, Jeff was an attorney at Latham & Watkins in the finance and corporate departments, where he represented venture capital investors, major investment banks, and early stage and later stage technology companies. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Korea Law Center.

BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series 
Aerial Cities and Flying Taxis | Robert Keefe of AirBus 
This event featured a conversation with Robert Keefe, associate general counsel of Airbus 
 
Thursday, April 6
Boalt Hall 105 | 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Airbus is undertaking three projects to change the way people move in cities. By adding the third dimension, personal aerial vehicles can dramatically decrease congestion, traffic casualties, environmental degradation, and affordable housing crises. But getting these vehicles to fly is an incredibly complex–and intellectually stimulating–challenge. Airbus Silicon Valley, home to the single seater flying taxi project called Vahana, is tackling this challenge head-on, particularly in the realms of FAA Certification, Export Controls, Air Traffic Management, Local Concerns, and Product Liability. Associate General Counsel Robert Keele will discuss how lawyers are helping to make things fly that have never flown before–and (potentially) radically changing the way people live in the process.

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


 Law Firm Hot Topic 
Project DEFCON | National Security and Deal Risk
A Conversation with Mario Mancuso, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP
 
Wednesday, March 22
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Learn how national security concerns impact corporate deals! 

Mario Mancuso is the former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce, Industry and Security and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations and Combating Terrorism. He is currently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis where he leads the Firm’s International Trade and National Security practice. A former member of the President’s national security team, Mario works with clients on international business transactions and internal investigations around the world, particularly on matters that could implicate the U.S. government’s national security, foreign policy, or other interests.
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Kirkland & Ellis.

Lunch Talk
Exits for Social Enterprises 
A conversation with the Chairman Emeritus from Montgomery & Hansen LLP and attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP. 
 
Tuesday, March 21
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-2:00PM
 
John Montgomery, Chairman Emeritus of Montgomery & Hansen LLP, joined Mike O’Bryan and Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster LLP to discuss preserving the impact of exits through M&A for traditional corporations and LLC, M&A for Public Benefit Corporations, IPOs for Public Benefit Corporations, and other exits for social enterprises (DPOs, MBO/ESOPs). 

 Lunch Talk
A conversation with Ted Mermin, co-founder and Executive Director of the Public Good Law Center. 
 
Monday, March 20
Boalt Hall 170 | 12:45-1:45PM

 
Rise of the API Copyright Dead?: The Past, Present, and Possible Futures of the Oracle v. Google Litigation
 
Wednesday, March 15
Boalt Hall 105 | 12:55-1:55PM
 

After a decade of bruising legal battles, the courts and software industry norms largely resolved the costly war over the scope of copyright protection for computer software. By the mid 1990s, freedom to develop interoperable devices and software triumphed over broad copyright protection for network features of computer software. Copyright peace prevailed throughout the software industry. But in 2010, Oracle reignited the smoldering embers of that war when it brought suit alleging that Android infringed copyright in the Java application program interface packages (APIs) . . .  This presentation explored the Oracle v. Google litigation, tracing the development of Java and Android and the subsequent (and still ongoing) battle over the scope of copyright protection for APIs. 

This event was sponsored by Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT), Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ) and Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB)


Special Event
Pircher, Nichols, & Meeks Joint Venture (JV) Challenge
The JV Challenge was a one-day joint venture negotiation competition, and was a great opportunity for participants to gain practical experience in business transactions and finance, enhance their resume, work with peers in the law, business and environmental design schools, and compete for $3,000 in prize money!
 
Monday, March 13
Boalt Hall | 8:00AM-1:00PM
 
Students from Berkeley Law, Haas, and CED were teamed up to negotiate a simulated real estate deal prepared by leading real estate law firm Pircher, Nichols & Meeks.  Students entered individually and team members were assigned randomly. No prior experience in joint venture structuring, real estate finance, or similar activities was necessary.
 
Open to Graduate Students from Berkeley Law, Haas School of Business, and the College of Environmental Design

Practitioner Speaker Series
The Wild World of Executive Compensation
A conversation with Doreen Lilienfeld, partner at Shearman & Sterling.
 
Monday, March 6
Boalt Hall 170 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Attendees learned about one of the most fascinating practice areas in corporate law! 
 
Doreen Lilienfeld is the Practice Group Leader of the Compensation, Governance & ERISA Group at Shearman & Sterling. She joined us to discuss her experience working with senior executives at leading companies around the world, including CVS Health Corporation, IMAX Corporation, Nokia Corporation, and WebMD Health Corporation. For anyone interested in corporate law, this was a talk not to miss! 
 
Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Special Event
2017 BCLB  1L Firm Fair
First-year law students met with attorneys from Cooley, Davis Polk, Gunderson Dettmer, Kirkland & Ellis, Morrison Foerster, Orrick, Simpson Thacher, Skadden, Weil, and Wilson Sonsini.
 
Friday, March 3 
Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room | 12:45-2:30PM 

Attendees learned about the differences between law firm practice areas and spoke with practicing attorneys from top law firms! The fair was great preparation for OCI/EIW and was catered by Top Dog!  
 
12:45-1:15PM | Practice area breakdown with CDO | Room 140
 
1:15-2:30PM | Law firm lunch fair | Goldberg Room

Special Event
Big Law in the Big Apple
Attendees learned about career opportunities in New York City with attorneys from Cleary Gottlieb, Davis Polk,  and Kirkland & Ellis.
 
Wednesday, March 1
Boalt Hall 105 | 12:45PM-2:00PM

New York law firms offer many unique opportunities as well as challenges. Attorneys from the New York offices of Cleary Gottlieb, Davis Polk and Kirkland & Ellis discussed professional and cultural particulars of practicing law in New York. This was a must for anyone thinking of practicing on the East Coast — and anyone wanting to understand how important New York is as a global hub for legal work. 
 
Co-sponsored by the Career Development Office.

FORM + FUND Founder Workshop + Office Hours
 
Workshop | Angel and Seed Financing
 
Wednesday, March 1 
Boalt Hall Warren Room | 6:00-7:30PM
 
Startup@BerkeleyLaw and attorneys from Morrison & Foerster covered the nuts and bolts of angel and seed venture financing for startups.

Movie Night
Betting on Zero
The screening was followed by a discussion with director Ted Braun.
 
Thursday, February 23
Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium | 6:45-9:45PM
 
Those in attendance enjoyed an advanced screening of Betting on Zero before it hit theaters!
 
Cosponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Special Event | Faculty Forum   
Anti-Insurance Innovation | Professor Ariel Porat
 
 
Wednesday, February 22
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
 
Ariel Porat is one of the most distinguished legal academics in Israel. He is the Alain Poher Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University and Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he visits annually. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and the winner of the EMET Prize (2014). From 2002-2006, he was the Dean of Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. Professor Porat joined us and discussed about the concept of anti-insurance – a new contractual legal mechanism that attempts to remove the traditional insurance effect of business contracts. 
 
This event is sponsored by the William T. Barker Insurance Law Instructional Fund.
 

Law Firm Hot Topic Series
M&A In Silicon Valley | The LinkedIn Sale
A conversation with Martin Korman, partner at Wilson Sonsini.
 
Wednesday, February 15
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
One of Silicon Valley’s top M&A attorneys joins us to discuss one of the valley’s hottest deals! 
 
Martin Korman is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the head of the firm’s M&A and private equity practice. He’s recognized as one of the nation’s top M&A attorneys and has helped sell and buy a number of Silicon Valley’s top technology companies, including LinkedIn, Sun Microsystems, Genentech, Pixar, and VMware. 
 
This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Special Event
Real Estate Joint Venture Challenge | Information Session
 
Monday, February 13
Boalt Hall 170 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
A great opportunity to gain practical experience in business transactions and finance, enhance your resume, work with peers in the law, business and environmental design schools, and compete for $3,000 in prize money! This information session provided students with further details about the competition. 
 
Students from Berkeley Law, Berkeley-Haas, and the College of Environmental Design will be teamed up on March 13, 2017 at Berkeley Law to negotiate a simulated real estate deal prepared by leading real estate law firm Pircher, Nichols & Meeks. Students enter individually and team members will be assigned randomly. No prior experience in joint venture structuring, real estate finance or similar activities is necessary. 

Law Firm Hot Topic Series | Financing Startups
This group learned how startups raise capital with a special focus on crowdfunding and impact investing!
 
Wednesday, February 8
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Alfredo Silva is a partner in the Corporate Group and a member of the Pro Bono Committee at Morrison Foerster.  He is one of Silicon Valley’s most active attorneys and has represented a number of leading companies, including Shutterfly, Novellus, and InvenSense. Fredo was recognized by The Recorder as a 2013 Lawyer on the Fast Track.
 
 
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Morrison Foerster.

FORM + FUND Founder Workshop + Office Hours 
 
Workshop | Basic Intellectual Property Strategy
A conversation about the nuts and bolts of securing your startup’s intellectual property with attorneys from Fenwick & West.  
 
Wednesday, February 1 
Boalt Hall Warren Room | 6:00-7:30PM

Practitioner Speaker Series
Careers in M&A, Antitrust, and Corporate Litigation
A conversation with lawyers Ethan Klingsberg, Dan Culley, and Vanessa Richardson from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
 
Tuesday, January 31
Boalt Hall 132| 12:45-1:45PM
 
This event is cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

 
Special Off-Campus Event 
Vision 2020 Think Tank | Women in Politics 
 
Thursday, January 26 
VMWARE Palo Alto | 5:30-7:30PM
 
The Berkeley Center for Law and Business is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Vision 2020 Think Tank Speaker Series. 
 
This event featured an engaging discussion about women in politics. Attendees heard about the experiences, strategies and efforts that lead to a path in politics and how we can encourage and support more women to participate in the political process. Speakers included Betty Yee, California State Controller, Mary Hughes, Founder of Close the Gap CA, Ruth Bernstein, Senior Principal, EMC Research, Sara Terheggen, California Delegate, Vision 2020 Project.
 
 
 
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

 
Practitioner Speaker Series 
Opening a New Market | Prop 64 in California
A conversation with Jay Purcell (’11), attorney at Rogoway Law Group, and Ryan Shaening Pokrasso (’13), co-founder of SPZ Legal. 
 
Wednesday, January 25
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM 
 
This event provided a discussion on the business and legal opportunities of the new cannabis economy in California following the passage of Prop 64. 
 
 
This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal .


Practitioner Speaker Series 
Unlocking the Value of Pro Bono 
A conversation with David Brown (’12), Associate Product Counsel at Google, Kei Nishimura (’13), attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Sam Koch (’12), attorney at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel 
 
Monday, January 23 
Boalt Hall 170 | 12:45-1:45PM 
 
During this even young Berkeley Law alums to discussed how they’ve used pro bono to give back and further their careers. 
 
 
This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Berkeley Women in Business Law Mentor Mixer
 
Wednesday, January 18
Marianne’s SF | 6:00PM -8:00PM 
 
This event was a collaboration with the Boalt Hall Women’s Association and the Berkeley Business Law Journal, where first year law students interested in business law were matched with female associates from our partner firms. 

General Counsel Series 
The Snapchat Counsel | Dom Perella of Snap 
 A conversation with Dom Perella, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Snap. 
 
Wednesday, January 18
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45PM-1:45PM
 
 
Dom Perella is the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Snap Inc. In his role, Dom oversees litigation and other major legal projects for the company. Dom was previously a partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice at Hogan Lovells and was named to the Legal Times “40 under 40” list of D.C. rising legal stars in 2014. 
 
 
 
This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. 

Lunch Talk
Judith Anderson (SEC)

Wednesday, January 11

Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM


Form+Fund Founder Workshop + Office Hours | Startup Equity 101 

Wednesday, January 11 
Boalt Hall Warren Room

Attorney Office Hours

Boalt Hall, Warren Room | 4pm to 5:30pm

 

Workshop | Startup Equity 101

Boalt Hall, Warren Room | 6:00pm to 7:30pm