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October 2017

Henderson Center’s Ruth Chance Lecture Series: Islamophobia in the Bay Area

Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

ISLAMOPHOBIA IN THE BAY AREA with Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) - CA Islamophobia is the irrational fear of, aversion to, and discrimination against Muslims(or those perceived to be Muslim). What is the cost of living with this fear, whether experienced directly in daily life or as an ambient theme in our culture? Zahra Billoo, celebrated activist, lawyer, and Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area office, will describe the reality of Islamophobia…

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November 2017

Henderson Center’s Ruth Chance Lecture Series: Policing the Police

Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

POLICING THE POLICE with Anjali Srinivasan, Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney's Office What's it like to criminally investigate cops who have used force against civilians? Attorney Anjali Srinivasan is one of the first lawyers charged with this task under San Francisco’s 2016 initiative aimed at giving district attorneys the lead in investigating officer-involved shootings, including the backlog of 15 fatal shooting cases. Srinivasan will discuss the political, legal, and community dynamics of investigating cops, the learning curve from…

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August 2017

Sign-Making Party

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

White supremacists and nazis are rallying in San Francisco on August 26 and Berkeley on August 27. Show them that our community stands together against hatred and white supremacy. Come make signs, connect with people to attend counterevents with, and take some time for self-care before the weekend. Presented by the Berkeley Law National Lawyers Guild Chapter.

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November 2017

CDO: My In-House Summer Experience

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Interested in working in-house this summer? A panel of current Berkeley Law students will be speaking about their summer experiences in the legal departments of large companies. Bring your lunch and your questions! This program is intended primarily for 1L J.D. students. 

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September 2017

BHSA 1L, LLM, and GA Election – Information Session for Candidates

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Come learn about the Boalt Hall Students Association and how to run for a position in the upcoming election!     This semester we have two open 1L Representative positions, two LLM Representative positions, and Graduate Assembly Representative slots open.    The 1L Reps and LLM reps are tasked with serving as liason between the Board and their respective class. In addition, as a part of BHSA each Representative will have a vote on matters that come before BHSA.   The GA…

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Environmental Law Society Meeting

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Interested in learning more about Environmental Law, hikes, volunteer opportunities, and other enviro events this semester? Come to ELS's first (and only) general member meeting to get to know other students with similar interests and learn about our plans for the upcoming semester. Lunch will be provided!

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BJESL/SELS 1st General Meeting

Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law (BJESL) and Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) are hosting their first general membership meeting for new interested members on September 11th at 12:45 in room 170. Lunch will be served!

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November 2017

Away Field Placement Orientation

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

If you are considering doing a Field Placement outside of the Bay Area for Spring 2018 (Domestic Away, International Away or the Hague) you are required to attend this orientation session in order to receive credit. UCDC Law Program participants do not need to attend.  Lunch provided.  Questions? ebest@law.berkeley.edu

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October 2017

[CDO] Great Legal Resumes for J.D.s: Where to Begin?

Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

MAKE UP SESSION: Your resume got you into law school, but now it needs to get you an interview. CDO counselors will help you get your resume ready for the legal industry and for the application season! Bring your laptop. This program is intended primarily for 1L J.D. students. 

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1L Memo: Legal Research Certification *400 points!*

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What is Legal Research Certification?  Lexis offers TWO (2) different certification programs a year: FALL: Legal Research Certification (LRC)  SPRING: Professional Research Certification (PRC) LRC serves to reinforce the basics of legal research taught in law school to signal to employers that you have mastered the fundamental skills to be efficient on Lexis Advance. Our PRC or Prepare to Practice programs in the Spring are aimed specifically at helping students prepare for summer employment covering topics suggested by law firm librarians. The programs go…

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November 2017

SOALS/BLINC. – Start-Ups in the Bay Area in conversation with Greg La Blanc

Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join BLINC. and Distinguished Teaching Fellow of Haas School of Business, Gregory LaBlanc in conversation, exploring the legal aspects of Venture Capital, the relationship between Venture Capital funds and LPs, the role that attorneys play in said relationship, and the different aspects of fund formations.  For more information on Professor LaBlanc impressive experience: http://facultybio.haas.berkeley.edu/faculty-list/lablanc-gregory/

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Conversation with Judi Cohen – Mindfulness for the Legal Mind

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Mindfulness for the Legal Mind - Stress Reduction & Wellbeing for Students, Faculty, & Staff Please Join us for a discussion about mindfulness for the legal mind. Judi will offer ideas for mindfulness practices that can help students, faculty, and staff experience greater wellbeing and ease, and lower stress. Beginners and experienced mindfulness practitioners welcome! Judi Cohen teaches mindfulness at Berkeley Law and across North America. Judi Cohen formed Warrior One and created Essential Mindfulness for Lawyers®, nationally recognized for…

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Ask Me Anything: A 1L Public Interest Summer Job Q & A with Melanie Rowen

Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Women of Color Collective for a Q & A session with Melanie Rowen, CDO Associate Director of Public Interest/Public Sector Programs. Melanie will be sharing her insights on various facets of the public interest 1L summer job hunt, including: strategies for choosing a 1L summer employer, preparing your resume and cover letter, and preparing for your interviews! She will also be available to answer all of your questions about the public interest job hunt. Lunch from Plátano will…

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Training for Trainers: How to Give a Know Your Rights Presentation

Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Training for Trainers: How to Give Know-Your-Rights Presentations Monday, November 13th, 7-9pm  Boalt Hall, Room 170 Come learn from local immigrants' rights organizers about how to give a KYR presentation for undocumented and immigrant communities. 

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January 2018

SLPS Spring Orientation – for new participants

Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Required orientation for those students who are new to SLPS in Spring 2018. Lunch provided.

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December 2017

FGP Exam Reinvigoration

Monday, December 4, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Take a short break from exams and get some food! The First Generation Professionals are available to alleviate any additional stress you may have.

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February 2018

WOCC/BCLB Affinity Lunch Talk: Althea Brown, Senior Counsel at Google

Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

A conversation with Senior Counsel Althea Brown from Google. Co-sponsored by the Women of Color Collective and Berkeley Business Law Journal. Lunch provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Register here: http://conta.cc/2BY27fb

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CSLS/BCLB Leadership Lunch Talk: Barak Richman of Duke Law — Stateless Commerce

Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

A conversation with attorney Barak Richman of Duke Law on his new book  Stateless Commerce: The Diamond Network and the Persistence of Relational Exchange  (Harvard University Press 2017).   In Stateless Commerce, Barak Richman uses the colorful case study of the diamond industry to explore how ethnic trading networks operate and why they persist in the twenty-first century. How, for example, does the 47th Street diamond district in midtown Manhattan—surrounded by skyscrapers and sophisticated financial institutions—continue to thrive as an ethnic…

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January 2018

CDO: How to Get a Job You’ll Really Like

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Come learn from Shanin Specter, a nationally-recognized plaintiff's-side trial attorney and founding partner of Kline & Specter in Philadelphia, about his practice fighting for workers, consumers, and others, and about how young attorneys can achieve professional satisfaction. Mr. Specter has obtained more than 200 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, including jury verdicts of $153 million against a major automaker and $109 million against a western Pennsylvania power company. In all, he has achieved 14 eight- or nine-figure verdicts, among them news-making cases involving…

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February 2018

CDO: Fall OCI – Public Interest Career Considerations

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Are you pursuing a public interest or government career, and wondering about what kind of employers participate in Fall On-Campus Interview Programs (OCI): Early Interview Week (EIW) and the Fall Interview Program (FIP)? Are you considering working for a large corporate defense-side law firm (or "BigLaw" firm) during your 2L summer, and looking for information about how that might impact your PIPS career? Come join us for this informal discussion of how Fall OCI programs may or may not help you reach…

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March 2018

CDO: 2Ls: Your Public Interest Post-Graduate Fellowships Action Plan

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

If you are a 2L interested in project-based post-graduate public interest fellowships (or a 3L who may apply for fellowships after a clerkship), this program is for you! These fellowships typically provide 1-2 years of funding for recent graduates to work on a project of their own design. Fellows have done everything from assisting survivors of human trafficking to helping low-income people start businesses. They are one of the best ways to break into the public interest legal world doing the work you're most passionate about. We'll…

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February 2018

Asian American Law Journal Elections Meeting

Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

General meeting for the Asian American Law Journal. Members seeking board positions for the 2018-19 year will discuss their qualifications ahead of the upcoming election.

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January 2018

SELS/BJESL General Meeting

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The first general meeting for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Journal. We will discuss membership requirements and upcoming events--including the Warriors Game and GC talk. Prospective and current members are welcome! Email bjesl@berkeley.edu with any questions. 

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February 2018

CFD General Meeting

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Please join us for our next CFD general meeting to discuss the upcoming CFD board elections and CLR write-on competition. We'll also talk about opportunities to earn pro bono hours, including the For People of Color Conference and Phoenix Fellowship fundraiser event. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.

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Othering and Belonging: Institutional Racism and Structures. Where do we start? How do we get to the ideal of more inclusion?

Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

A continuation of the conversation "Racism & Privilege: What's up at Cal?" A discussion between john a powell, Dr. Sid Reel and Savala Trepczynski, moderated by Professor Bertrall Ross. Presented by the Berkeley Law Community Staff circle on Anti-Racism. Light lunch served; please bring your own beverage.

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From Private International Law to Public Interest: How to Pursue an International Law Career in BigLaw, and How to Use Your Skills for the Public Good

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Berkeley Journal of International Law is proud to host Don Guiney, a former corporate partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's London office, specializing in U.S. securities law in the international context. He first went to London in 1990 as a partner of Hale and Dorr (a predecessor firm of WilmerHale) to open and manage their London office. He joined Freshfields in 1997. He retired from BigLaw in 2015. Don spent his career in private practice advising clients around the world on…

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March 2018

Righting Past Wrongs: Seeking Justice for Black People Ensnared by the War on Drugs in the Deep South

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Featuring Atteeyah Hollie Berkeley Law '10, Staff Attorney, The Southern Center for Human Rights (Atlanta, GA). Atteeyah Hollie '10 works in the criminal justice trenches, fighting for the rights of indigent criminal defendants in the Deep South. Hollie is a Berkeley Law graduate and winner of the Sax Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy for her work in the Death Penalty Clinic and the East Bay Community Law Center. She works primarily on civil cases challenging the provision of legal representation…

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Rebuilding Worker Power: How We Win in the New Gilded Age

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law cordially invites you to participate in a discussion with legendary labor organizer Jane McAlevey. In addition to being an organizer, McAlevey was recently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and is the author of two fantastic books: "Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)" and "No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age." We are excited to host McAlevey and share her insights to what it…

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IRAP on the Ground: Report on Refugees in Jordan

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Join IRAP to hear about students' experiences on their recent trip to Jordan with IRAP National. There will be a short panel discussion, followed by a Q&A. IRAP Berkeley will also be releasing our annual report on the chapter and trip. Lunch provided! 

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February 2018

Job Search as a Student Parent: How to Prepare and What to Expect

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Come and join us as 2Ls and 3Ls share their experiences on the job hunt including the good, the bad, and the legally actionable! If you have kids or are planning on having them soon, this panel will provide insight into what to say, what not to say, and strategies to help you secure your ideal job as a lawyer parent. The event is designed to be an open forum for other students (especially 1Ls) who have upcoming interviews either for this summer…

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Work-Life Balance as a Parent Attorney

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Are you thinking about starting your family soon after law school? Do you have a family already? Come hear practical tips (and parenting tricks) for how to shine as a young attorney while balancing your family life. Attorneys from Hanson Bridgett, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Legal Aid at Work will share their experiences balancing their career and being a parent. They’ll give insight into what having a family is like in their industries, the benefits and…

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March 2018

LexisNexis: Entertainment & Sports Law Training

Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Join BJESL for this training event where we will go over how to find the top resources and tools used by Entertainment & Sports Law practitioners.  400 POINTS & FREE LUNCH served for those who sign up ahead of time and stay for the duration of the event. Hope to see you there!

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April 2018

What is Torture and How Did We Get Here?

Monday, April 9, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

What is torture and how did we get here? Torture has been prevalent both domestically, within the prison industrial complex, and as a part of the “war on terror.” This discussion will focus on the origins of modern forms of torture and they ways in which torture has been employed by U.S. officials both within and outside of the U.S. This panel conversation will feature Professors Laurel Fletcher, Jonathan Simon, and Brad Adams. Lunch will be served. RSVP https://goo.gl/forms/ClGBWKHZ9c1O9PlT2 Part of…

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Professional Ethics, Torture & Accountability

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Is political dissent unprofessional? This panel will reflect upon the ethical obligations of doctors, psychologists, and lawyers who find themselves serving states that engage in torture. Panelists will weigh the relative merits of working to curb abuses from within government and publicly speaking out against odious practices. The panel will also consider the civic duties of professionals in the private sector. Joined by Rohini Haar (Physicians for Human Rights), Eric Stover (Human Rights Center) and Alexa Koenig (Human Rights Center).…

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Hit the Ground Writing: A Skills Refresher for 3Ls

Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Free
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All 3Ls are invited to attend our third annual intensive legal writing workshop designed to refresh your skills before you graduate. Professors of Legal Writing Trish Hurley and Sarah Laubach adapted their successful CLE practitioner workshop to help 3Ls transition successfully from school to practice. The interactive workshop will focus on the expectations and demands that face new litigators in particular, as identified by judges, alumni, and practitioners. Sponsored by Berkeley Law Experiential Education. 

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March 2018

International Law and Mass Atrocity Crimes – A Career and Research Conversation with Professor Saira Mohamed

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

International law professor Saira Mohamed will discuss her recent research on mass atrocity crimes and offer insights about her career path as a practitioner and academic in international law. Lunch will be provided. Co-Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law. 

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April 2018

Race & “Othering”: Making Torture Possible

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Torture involves a fundamental act of "othering" in order for it to be possible. Who do we torture and why do we torture them? How has torture been mobilized by "benign" states and who do we conceptualize as the architects of torture beyond those in the room with the detainee? What are the ramifications of this legacy for the disparate impact torture has on people of color today?  Joined by Carmen Cheung, Legal Director, Center for Justice and Accountability.  Lunch…

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Torture Litigation & the Future of Advocacy

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

This panel features Dror Ladin of the ACLU National Security Project, part of the team from Salim v. Mitchell, who won a settlement for accountability of two psychologists involved in the CIA torture program. This case marks the first of its kind in CIA torture litigation as the judge rejected attempts to dismiss. Ladin will discuss what this landmark settlement means for future litigation and advocacy against torture, particularly under the current administration.   Lunch served. RSVP: tinyurl.com/TAAThursday Part of Torture…

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BCLB/Boalt Global Distinguished Speaker Series: Sean Randolph — Senior Director at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A conversation with Sean Randolph, Senior Director at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute plays a major role in connecting the Bay Area with the world. Its Senior Director, Sean Randolph will share insights on how they are contributing to California's public policies in international trade and businesses, as well as the career opportunities for all Berkeley Law students. Co-sponsored by Boalt Global Corporate Law Society, The Berkeley Center for Law and Business, and Berkeley…

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Keith Whittington on Free Speech on Campus

Thursday, April 5, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join the Federalist Society at Berkeley Law for a discussion with Keith Whittington, Professor of Politics at Princeton University, on Free Speech and its importance to the intellectual life of Colleges and Universities. Lunch will be provided as supplies last!

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California Consumer Privacy Act — Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join CAPS for a panel discussion regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, a statewide ballot initiative which seeks to provide Californians with greater control over their personal information. With the potential to drastically upend the business model of much of Silicon valley, the initiative is likely to be one of the most contentious issues on the ballot this Fall. The panel includes Mary Ross, president of Californians for Consumer Privacy, and professors Chris Hoofnalge and Lothar Determann. 

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September 2018

Time Management Workshop

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

So much to do and so little time! The workload in law school can be overwhelming. Join us for this workshop to discuss how to study more efficiently and walk away with an action plan for the semester. All JD and LLM students are welcome. Please bring your own lunch.

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October 2018

CANCELLED: Pre-Orientation Follow-Up Workshop

Friday, October 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 10:00 am

One event on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

Cancelled due to smoke closures. A follow-up workshop for first-year JD students who attended Pre-Orientation in August 2018.

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September 2018

Pre-Orientation Follow-Up Workshop

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

A follow-up workshop for first-year JD students who attended Pre-Orientation in August 2018.

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October 2018

CDO: 1Ls: Summers in International Public Interest/Public Sector

Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Thinking about spending your 1L summer doing public interest or government work in an international-related setting? You could work abroad or in the US; for an NGO, a government body, or a tribunal; on myriad issues including human rights, economic development, trade…the possibilities are endless. Identifying your options and narrowing them down is especially challenging in these fields, networking is crucial, and the hiring processes and timelines for international opportunities are often quite different from domestic ones. To help you…

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[CDO] Making the Most of Upcoming Career Fairs & Receptions

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Not sure what to do with the abundant opportunities to meet practitioners from non-profits, government agencies, law firms and other organizations at Berkeley Law? The CDO will provide practical advice and fun, interactive exercises to give you the tools and confidence you need to make the most of networking events, starting with this tonight's Practice Area Specialities Fair and Thursday's Public Interest / Public Sector (PI/PS) Internship and Career Fair! The program is primarily intended for 1L students. Lunch will…

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November 2018

[CDO] The In-House Summer Experience

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Interested in working in-house this summer? Join us for an overview of what it takes to find a summer job in the legal department of a company. We'll incorporate advice and tips from fellow students who found success in their 1L job search. Bring your lunch and your questions! This program is intended primarily for 1L J.D. students. 

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August 2018

BCLB Talk – Takings in a Comparative Perspective

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Bernd Schafer (University of Hamburg) will present a paper on takings in a comparative perspective. Lunch will be served.

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BHSA Mandatory Treasurer Orientation

Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

The BHSA Treasurer will explain the ins and outs of the funding process and answer any questions you may have. One representative from each student group that wishes to receive BHSA funding (preferably the treasurer, but it can be any group leader) must attend the mandatory treasurer orientation. Please bring any questions you have regarding the 2018-2019 BHSA funding application. 

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October 2018

[Miller Institute] Lecture on “Freedom and Ethics in The Era of Big Data”

Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Peter Dabrock Director, Deutsche Ethikrat (German Ethics Council) and Chair of Systematic Theology (Ethics), Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg lunch will be served on a first-come / first-service basis Co-sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, the Institute of European Studies, the School of Information, and the Center for German and European Studies Abstract:  In my presentation, I explore and attempt to defend the thesis that in the context of digital transformation, the foundations of self-determined ways of…

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September 2018

A Landmark Case on Maternal Mortality in Uganda

Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The Uganda-based Center for Health, Human Rights and Development and the families of women who suffered preventable deaths in childbirth have sued the Ugandan government in a landmark case, demanding that the state provide minimum health guarantees to expectant mothers. University of Wyoming Law Professor Noah Novogrodsky and UC Berkeley School of Public Health Professor Ndola Prata will discuss the challenge of promoting social and economic rights through test-case litigation. The Human Rights Center and Bixby Center for Global Reproductive…

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October 2018

AALJ Members Primary Edit Training

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

The Asian American Law Journal (AALJ) is hosting its first training to go over the Primary Edit and Source Collect stages. This event is mandatory for all new AALJ members. Lunch will be provided! 

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McBaine Moot Court Competition Info Session

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

2Ls and 3Ls: Join the student director and past participants as they share their McBaine experiences. Information about the competition schedule and how to register will also be available. A pizza lunch will be provided. The James Patterson McBaine Honors Competition is Berkeley Law’s premier advanced-level moot court competition and is open to all Berkeley Law second- and third-year JD students. The competition format is modeled after United States Supreme Court practice. Cases chosen for the competition involve cutting-edge issues…

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Jewish Students Association – Lunch

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

This Wednesday (10/31), the Jewish Students Association has reserved Room 170 from 12:50-2pm.    Many of us are still processing the tragedy in Pittsburgh and we'd like to create a space for our Berkeley Law community to talk, spend time together, grieve, etc. Please feel free to bring your lunch and stop by - all are welcome.

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November 2018

Public Defense 1L Summer Job Interview Workshop

Monday, November 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This workshop will review what 1L public defender internships look like, when to apply, and what to expect from an interview. After the event, 1Ls can join 2Ls and 3Ls from the Criminal Defense Society at Freehouse to learn more about specific offices.

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Berkeley Journal of International Law: Nestlé Legal

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Esteban Mezzano, the Switzerland-based General Counsel of the Americas & Head of Legal Sustainability at Nestlé, to learn about the company, his role, and summer internship opportunities. Lunch will be provided!

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Election 2018 – What Happened, Part II: Lunch Talk with David Becker of the Center for Election Innovation & Research

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch talk on voter turnout, election cybersecurity, and what happened on Election Day 2018 with David Becker, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research. CEIR is a cutting-edge non-profit that works to improve election administration through research, data, and technology. Prior to founding CEIR, David was director of the Elections Program at The Pew Charitable Trusts and served for seven years as a senior trial attorney in the Voting Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.…

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The Pro Bonotes (A Cappella) Lunch Performance

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 1:35 pm

You are invited to join The Pro Bonotes for our fall lunch performance! We will be debuting our new members and three new songs. Lunch will be served, while supplies last. All are welcome!

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February 2019

[CDO] OCI: Considerations for PI/PS Careers

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Are you pursuing a public interest or government career, and wondering about what kind of employers participate in Fall On-Campus Interview Programs (OCI): Early Interview Week (EIW) and the Fall Interview Program (FIP)? Are you considering working for a large corporate defense-side law firm (or “BigLaw” firm) during your 2L summer, and looking for information about how that might impact your PIPS career? Come join us for this informal discussion of how Fall OCI programs may or may not help…

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March 2019

[CDO] 2Ls: Your Post-Grad Fellowships Action Plan

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

If you are a 2L interested in project-based post-graduate public interest fellowships (or a 3L who may apply for fellowships after a clerkship), this program is for you! These fellowships typically provide 1-2 years of funding for recent graduates to work on a project of their own design. Fellows have done everything from assisting survivors of human trafficking to helping low-income people start businesses. They are one of the best ways to break into the public interest legal world doing…

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April 2019

[CDO] Bridge-PIF Info Session

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

This session will include the official announcement of Berkeley Law’s post-graduate funding programs for J.D.s in the Class of 2019: the Bridge and Public Interest Fellowships. Come hear details about this year’s programs and how to apply. We will also be giving information on the Bay Area Legal Incubator, an exciting program in its fifth year of supporting new grads in starting their own social justice-oriented law practices. 

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February 2019

[CDO] The Small, Midsize and Boutique Firm Job Search

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Interested in small, midsize and boutique private law firms (including Plaintiff-side firms) but don't know how to get started on the job search? Or do you want to simply learn more about what a career in a smaller firm might look like? Come explore life in smaller firms, including a discussion of what they look for in candidates, and how to organize and execute a small firm job search.  This program is a terrific foundation for the Small, Midsize and…

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January 2019

Law vs. Power: Snowden Lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Wolfgang Kaleck, best known as Edward Snowden's lawyer, is a human rights activist who has traveled globally for two decades to fight alongside those suffering injustice at the hands of powerful players. He is Founder and General Secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin and together with his colleagues and partners from around the world he brings legal proceedings against individuals, corporations, and state actors who have breached the law relating to human rights. Wolfgang…

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AALJ Cite-Check/BlueBook Training

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 12:55 pm - 2:00 pm

The Asian American Law Journal is hosting a cite-check/BlueBook training for members.  This meeting is mandatory for 1L members or anyone working on articles. Lunch will be provided. 

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February 2019

Fashion Law and Intellectual Property

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Federalist Society for a talk with Susan Scafidi, the founder of Fashion Law Institute, and Professor Mark Cohen, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, about the on-going trends in fashion and intellectual property. The event will begin with a screening of "Fashion and Intellectual Property" presented by Samantha Schroeder, Deputy Director at FedSoc Films. Food will be available as supplies last! 

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AALJ Members Line Edit Training

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 12:55 pm - 2:00 pm

Thursday, February 21st | Room 170 | 12:55 - 2:00 p.m. This is the final training of the year! We will discuss everything you need to know to complete the last assignment, the line edit. Also, for those of you interested in board positions, we will discuss some details and answer any questions about each role at this meeting. If you have not already, please fill out the RSVP form before the meeting so that we can get a headcount. 

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March 2019

BCLB/SALSA Talk: How to be a Successful Associate in BigLaw!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Come learn how to make your years as an associate in BigLaw a success from those who are doing it now! Attorneys from Goodwin, Latham, and Sidley will be joining us to share their experiences. Cosponsored by the South Asian Law Student Association and The Berkeley Center for Law and Business.  Lunch provided on a first-come, first-served basis. salsa poster

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BCLB/Pro Bono Breakfast: Harlene Katzman; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett — Leadership by Example

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Harlene Katzman is the Pro Bono Counsel and Director at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Prior to joining the Firm in 2008, Harlene was the Dean of the Center for Public Interest Law at Columbia Law School where she directed the school's mandatory Pro Bono Program as well as its public interest programming, counseling and fellowships programs. Coffee and a hot breakfast will be provided, first come first served. Come network and speak with Harlene. A short presentation will occur…

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Game On: The Legal World of Mobile Gaming

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Joseph Suh, the general counsel of the Western mobile game subsidiaries of Nexon Co., Ltd. will be presenting on his day-to-day business and legal activities. He is also part of Nexon M's executive management team and provides key legal, business and corporate development strategies, especially in regards to M&A and investment opportunities. Kyong Kim, a litigation associate at Holland and Knight, will also be joining us. She serves alongside Joseph Suh as the Vice President of the Korean American Bar…

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April 2019

The Fifth Waseda University and UC Berkeley Joint Symposium on Professional Legal Education on “Influence of American Legal Education in East Asia: Japan, China and South Korea”

Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Sponsors: Sho Sato Program in Japanese and US Law, Berkeley Law Waseda University Institute of Clinical Legal Education Speakers: Shigeo Miyagawa, Professor of Law, Waseda University Law School, Tokyo; Chair of Clinical Legal Education Committee of Japan Association of Law Schools (JALS) Charles D. Weisselberg, Shannon Cecil Turner Professor of Law, Director of the Sho Sato Program, Berkeley Law Xiangshun Ding, Professor of Law, Director of the Comparative Law Program, Renmin University School of Law, Beijing Catherine Fisk, Barbara Nachtrieb…

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March 2019

Purim Hamentaschen + coffee break with JSABL

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Jewish Students Association at Berkeley Law (JSABL) for a lunchtime get-together to celebrate Purim on Wednesday, March 20th in Room 170. BYO lunch, but we'll provide coffee + tea, hamentaschen, and other baked goods! 

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April 2019

Skadden’s Second Annual Deposition Skills Program and Competition Informational Lunch

Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 1:50 pm

Please join us to learn more about, and sign up for, this unique summer opportunity at Skadden. The program includes three separate workshops taught by Skadden litigators and will feature presentations by our Palo Alto trial lawyers, who will share their stories and experiences in the courtroom. The workshops will take place in our Palo Alto office, but also will be available via webinar. The series will culminate with an exciting team competition. Prior litigation-related coursework is not a prerequisite.…

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Lunch Talk with Amy Stern from the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser

Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Amy Stern will discuss her path to becoming an Attorney Adviser in the State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser and her current work in the Office of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. The Office of the Legal Adviser furnishes advice on all legal issues, domestic and international, arising in the course of the State Department's work. This includes assisting Department principals and policy officers in formulating and implementing the foreign policies of the U.S., and promoting the adherence…

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East Bay Community Law Center: The Clinic Student Perspective

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

East Bay Community Law Center: The Clinic Student Perspective The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is Berkeley Law’s only community-based clinic.  EBCLC recently turned thirty (30) years old and has grown into the largest provider of free legal services to low-income Alameda County residents.  Housed in Downtown Berkeley, EBCLC trains nearly 150 law students per year in our eight (8) individual clinical programs: Housing Health & Welfare Immigration Education Advocacy Youth Defender Clinic Clean Slate Consumer Justice Community Economic…

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June 2019

[CDO] Beyond Grades: How to Put Your Best Foot Forward to Get a Firm Job

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Come learn successful strategies to land a firm job—regardless of your grades—from alums who were recently in your shoes. Panelists will share their experiences successfully utilizing EIW, FIP, b-Line, networking, and other avenues and provide practical advice to help you with your 2L private sector summer job search.    Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP. NOTE:  A live webcast option will be made available for students living outside of the Bay Area (check your email for more details).   Questions? Contact Shannon Kahn…

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Lexis Nexis Training for LL.M. Students

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
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July 2019

[CDO] Recruiters’ Tips for EIW Success

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Spend the evening with recruiters from national law firms participating in EIW as they answer your questions about screening interviews, hospitality suites and to what to expect at callbacks. Dinner will be provided.  RSVP Here. *A live webcast option is available for students living outside of the Bay Area.  Please note in your rsvp if you would like to participate remotely, and instructions will be sent to you via email before the event.  

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[CDO] EIW Interview Workshop

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Come to this interactive, hands-on workshop to hone your EIW interview technique. Work with CDO counselors to practice answering the most commonly asked and most difficult EIW questions, and gain tips to help you improve your substantive answers as well as presentation style. Dinner will be generously provided by McGuireWoods LLP. Please RSVP Here. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Boalt Hall – Room 170

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November 2019

CDO: 1Ls and 2Ls: Using Spring Interview Programs to Land Summer PI/PS Jobs

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Every Spring semester, students seeking summer legal internships participate in two interview programs: PI/PS Day, and Berkeley Law’s own Spring Interview Program (SIP). PI/PS Day–coordinated collaboratively by all nine Bay Area law schools–is the largest annual law student career fair in Northern California. At PI/PS Day, Bay Area law students meet and interview with prospective public interest and public sector summer employers. This coming PI/PS Day will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at UC Hastings. SIP will take…

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July 2019

Norbert Rubicsek, Managing Partner at RC3 & Partners Consulting

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

A conversation with Norbert Rubicsek, Managing Partner at RC3 & Partners Consulting, about legal issues of sports manipulations and corruption through sport: law enforcement perspective on organized crime infiltration in sports. Norbert is a lawyer and former police officer, specializing in sport-related criminal issues. He has 20 years of experience in law enforcement as an investigator and analyst for the Hungarian Police, dealing with organized crime investigations at national and international level.

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August 2019

Brown Bag Lunch with Bruno Meyerhof Salama, a Lecturer at UC Berkeley, About the Use of Economic Reasoning in Contract Disputes: the Case of Unforeseen Circumstances

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Does legal reasoning provide a clear answer for legal questions? This is an old challenge for lawyers. The study of Law and Economics poses a similar one: does economic reasoning provide the efficient answer for legal policy questions? We study this latter question focusing on unforeseen circumstances. We compare US courts’ restrained use of the doctrine of impracticability with the Civilian tradition of upholding the doctrines of basis of deal, imprevision and excessive onerousness. We show that economics enriches the debates but can hardly provide…

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October 2019

[CDO] The In-House Summer Experience

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Interested in working in-house this summer? Join us for an overview of what it takes to find a summer job in the legal department of a company. We’ll incorporate advice and tips from fellow students who found success in their 1L job search. Bring your lunch and your questions! This program is intended primarily for 1L J.D. students. 

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[CDO] Making the Most of the Upcoming Career Fairs & Receptions

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Not sure what to do with the abundant opportunities to meet practitioners from non-profits, government agencies, law firms and other organizations at Berkeley Law? The CDO will provide practical advice and fun, interactive exercises to give you the tools and confidence you need to make the most of networking events, including the upcoming Practice Area Specialties Fair and and Public Interest / Public Sector (PI/PS) Internship and Career Fair!

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August 2019

MENALSA First General Body Meeting & Welcome

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 12:40 pm - 1:45 pm

Ahlan! Come join the Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association (MENALSA) for our first GBM and welcome event. Meet our new MENA members, reconnect with old ones, and learn about our agenda for this semester and how you can get involved. Lunch will be served.

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September 2019

CDO: Careers in Criminal Defense

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a career panel with attorneys from an array of Public Defender offices.  This will be a great chance to learn what it is like to be a public defender and how to pursue a career in public defense work.  Please join us, and bring your questions! 1Ls and those new to criminal defense careers are especially encouraged to attend.  

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[CDO] 1Ls: Summers in International Public Interest/Public Sector

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Thinking about spending your 1L summer doing public interest or government work in an international-related setting? You could work abroad or in the US; for an NGO, a government body, or a tribunal; on myriad issues including human rights, economic development, trade…the possibilities are endless. Identifying your options and narrowing them down is especially challenging in these fields, networking is crucial, and the hiring processes and timelines for international opportunities are often quite different from domestic ones. To help you…

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Queer Caucus First General Meeting

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Queer Caucus as we welcome new students! QC was founded in 1978 to eradicate the legal, political, and social oppression of LGBTQ people and to provide an affirming, supportive base for students of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. We will be introducing the year's board as well as events and programs planned for the year ahead. Lunch will be provided.

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BJESL – General Body/New Members Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Are you interested in sports? Entertainment? Law? The Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law may be for you! Come to our first general body meeting to learn about the academic journal and all of the incredible activities we have planned for this year. (Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis) The Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law (BJESL) is dedicated to providing a multifarious selection of intellectual and practical discussions from scholars, practitioners, and students on…

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BLISS General Body Meeting

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 1:50 pm
Free

To the 1Ls and LLMs, welcome to Berkeley Law! To everyone else, welcome back! Bringing Law Into Science & Society (BLISS) will have our first general meeting Wednesday, and we would love for you to attend.    Included in our agenda will be free lunch,  a meet & greet, as well as a preview of our upcoming events. If you are thinking of attending, then please fill out this RSVP form for food logistics.   See you there!

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Social Media + Global Justice: Could that tweet be evidence?

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for lunch and a provocative conversation about using photos, videos, and social media posts to document and investigate war crimes. Plus, we will talk about Berkeley's international protocol on open source investigations. Featuring Sam Dubberly (Amnesty Intl Digital Verification Corps), Alexa Koenig and Lindsay Freeman (Berkeley Law Human Rights Center) and Raquel Vasquez-Llorente (Eyewitness to Atrocity). 

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October 2019

UCDC Law Program Information Session

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Join UCDC Law Program Director, Nicole Lehtman, and Field Placement Program Director, Sue Schechter, and previous UCDC participants for a session about a semester opportunity in Washington, D.C. with nonprofits, advocacy organizations or the federal government.

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The Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful

Monday, October 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Butterfly Effect is a community project organized by two local fifth-grade students to raise awareness about detained migrant children. As of right now it is believed there are more than 15,000 migrant children in detention centers. The students, Lily and Kaia, have a goal to make with the help of their community 15,000 paper butterflies--one for each detained child. The butterflies will be displayed in schools, libraries, and government buildings. You can find more information about the project here: https://butterflyeffectmigration.org/.  …

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Financial Wellness Workshop with Access Lex

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Everyone approaches money matters differently. Knowing not only how you handle your finances, but why, can hold the key to achieving your financial goals. This workshop focuses on identifying your individual strengths and weaknesses, and will prepare you to balance emotion and logic when making personal finance decisions. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Services and the Office of Financial Aid for Mental Health Awareness and Wellness Week. Lunch is included!

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November 2019

Activism: Then & Now!

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

The Berkeley Law Staff Circle on Anti-Racism presents Dr. James Garrett on "Activism: Then & Now!" Dr. Garrett is a co-founder of the Black Student Union Movement and an early activist for the establishment of Ethnic Studies Departments at San Francisco State and across the country.  A lifelong activist, scholar and legal consultant, Dr. Garrett will discuss the relevance of past struggles to today's movements and the intellectual and physical labor needed to continue the social advancement of all people. …

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PLS Student Panel: Jobs, Networking, and More!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Are you a 1L, interested in patent law, and eager to learn how to land a 1L summer job and study for finals? Join us for a Q&A panel featuring 2Ls and 3Ls. Topics will include how to approach the 1L summer job search, effective networking practices, and 1L grades. Our panelists' summer job experiences include working at law firms in various IP or technology groups, at the USPTO as a patent agent, and in-house at a tech company. Take advantage of…

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CDO: Criminal Defense in Texas and Colorado: Practitioner Talk

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Ray Keith, the Chief Public Defender of the Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases in Lubbock, TX, and Lucienne Ohanian, Chief Deputy Public Defender from the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. Mr. Keith and Ms. Ohanian will talk about their offices' work, the challenges and opportunities of working in these settings, and ways for law students and new lawyers to be part of their work.

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January 2020

[CDO] How BigLaw Works: BigLaw as a Business

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for an engaging and informative discussion with Allan Marks from Milbank to learn all about the business of law and how firms view junior associates in their first years of practice. Get a behind-the-scenes look at law firm economics to understand the forces that shape how BigLaw works. Allan Marks is a partner in project finance in the Los Angeles office of Milbank. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law…

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February 2020

[CDO] Life at a Top-Tier Boutique Law Firm

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join Axinn's David Pearl, as he introduces the benefit of boutique practice, and explore the pluses and minuses to early specialization.  The firm focuses on providing the highest level of service and strategic acumen in antitrust, intellectual property and high-stakes litigation. They have offices in Hartford, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. You can find more information about the firm on their website. Lunch will generously be provided by Axinn. Please RSVP here so they can get an…

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Halloum Negotiation Competition Final Round

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us to watch the last two 1L teams standing battle it out in the final round of the Halloum Negotiation Competition. Students will negotiate a mock M&A deal.  Lunch will be served. Please plan to stay for the entire session as entry/exit is disruptive to the competitors.

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Medicare for All? And Other Healthcare Policy Choices Facing America

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 12:55 pm - 2:00 pm

National healthcare insurance is one of the most important issues of the 2020 presidential race. How exactly do the candidates’ plans work? What are some of the differences within similar plans of a single payer system and similar plans for a public option? And what other health policies are candidates addressing, such as drug pricing and the opioid crisis? Join us for a fireside chat with Professor Horvath to discuss the recent legal background of national healthcare, answer these questions,…

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