Highlights of upcoming alumni events. Access the full event calendar and register online, email [email protected] or call 510.643.6673
September 18
Community Justice & Education Concert: Celebrating the EBCLC's 20th Anniversary
Join the East Bay Community Law Center and the East Bay College Fund at their Anniversary Celebration!  This special concert will feature Goapele and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.  For tickets and more information, click here
6 to 10 p.m.
Sweets Historic Ballroom, Oakland

September 18-20
Alumni Weekend
See your friends and catch up over food, drink and music. Stimulate your mind at our issues-packed program, "Democracy in Real Time: How the Events of 2008 are Redefining the Political Landscape." Check out our website here for the latest information.

September 19
Dean's Society Reception
As a special thanks, Dean's Society members (annual law school donors of $10,000 or more) are invited to join UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. at the Chancellor's home for cocktails and hors d'oeurves.
6 to 8 p.m.
University House, University of California, Berkeley

September 20
Law Students of African Descent and Alumni Career Panel

You are invited to join LSAD students and alums for an informal career panel workshop.  Graduates at small and large law firms, as well as alums in public service, will discuss their careers and offer advice.  Please come and offer your perspective as our students are interested in hearing about the many types of careers available.  Following the discussion, Ms. Joyce Hall will be treating the group to her infamous soul food. This will be a great occasion to reconnect with fellow LSAD alums and meet current students.
11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Room 170, Boalt Hall
To RSVP, please email Portia Rosemund '10 at [email protected]

September 23
Judge D. Lowell and Barbara Jensen Public Service Award Dinner

Please make plans to join us in honoring Judge J. Clifford Wallace '55 with the Jensen Public Service Award, celebrating Judge Wallace's commitment to public service in the legal profession.
6 p.m. open bar reception, 7 p.m. dinner
$125 per person (There is a 50% discount for alumni working in public service/interest and those alumni from the classes of 2003-2008)
Bristol Hotel, San Diego
To RSVP, call 510.643.6673, email [email protected], or register online here.

September 27
California State Bar Annual Meeting Alumni Reception

Make plans to join us for a special alumni reception at the 2008 California State Bar Annual Meeting.  Thanks to our honorary hosts, Jeffrey Bleich '89, President of the California State Bar, Holly Fujie '78, Incoming President of the California State Bar, and Bill Hebert '88, State Bar Board of Governors
6 to 8 p.m.
Monterey Marriott, Monterey 
To RSVP, call 510.643.6673, email [email protected], or register online here.

November 5
McBaine Moot Court Alumni and Student Social
Call out to all James Patterson McBaine Moot Court competitors!  The competition will be holding its first annual Alumni/Student Social. Learn about what's been going on with the Competition in the last few years, socialize with former competitors, current students and Dean Edley, and be there for the release of this year's case.
Boalt Hall
For more information, please contact the James Patterson McBaine Moot Court at [email protected].


September 2008
Main News

Alumni Weekend & Reunion 2008, September 18-20
Alumni BannerRegister now for Alumni Weekend!  See your friends, network with fellow alums, and earn MCLE credit at our issues-packed program. Get an inside look at the 2008 presidential election with perspectives from Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., member of the DNC Credentials Committee and senior adviser to Barack Obama; Professor Maria Echaveste '80, member of the DNC Executive Committee and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton; and Dan Schnur, director of USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Republican media and political strategist. This event will be moderated by FEC Vice Chairman Steve Walther '68. Check out who's coming here and see more details about the weekend here.  

The Campaign for Berkeley Kickoff Week
Berkeley Law students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to take part in the University's public launch of the Campaign for Berkeley during its Kickoff Week events from September 14-20.
Join the Cal community for a jam-packed slate of activities that include a musical festival and picnic, a campus-wide quiz bowl tournament, poetry readings, and a symposium featuring UC Berkeley Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Genius Grant, and Mellon Award winners. The full schedule can be seen here.

Gifts to our own Campaign for Boalt Hall will count toward the University's new campaign-which is fitting given that much of our success flows from many dynamic partnerships we've forged throughout UC Berkeley. The law school is on the verge of crossing the halfway point of our $125 million goal for the campaign, which we launched in January 2006.
To ensure that we continue to fulfill our public mission and ambitious agenda as the locus of exceptional legal training, policy development, and critical thinking on complex and challenging issues, we need your help. Funds raised through the Campaign for Boalt Hall are earmarked to expand our financial aid programs, recruit and retain world-class faculty, grow and develop our multidisciplinary research centers, and improve the physical infrastructure of our facilities.
By participating in the Campaign for Boalt Hall, you're supporting one of the nation's premier law schools as well as UC Berkeley, the jewel of California's higher education system. For more information, go to http://www.law.berkeley.edu/120.htm.

Judge D. Lowell and Barbara Jensen Public Service Award Dinner in San Diego
Join us on Tuesday, September 23 to honor Judge J. Clifford Wallace '55 with the Jensen Public Service Award in celebration of his commitment to public service in the legal profession. This event will be held at the Bristol Hotel in San Diego and will include an open bar reception and dinner. The cost is $125 per person (there is a 50% discount for alumni working in public service/interest and alumni from the classes of 2003-2008). To RSVP, call 510.643.6673, email [email protected], or register online here.

Boalt Alumni Group on LinkedIn
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Announcing the official Boalt Alumni LinkedIn group!  Stay connected and network with fellow Boalt grads.  Join today!

Earn MCLE Credit! Careers Beyond the Partner Track in Palo Alto, CA on Sept. 23
Professor Goodwin Liu will be participating in the CLE program "Careers Beyond the Partner Track" on Tuesday, September 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the Quadrus Conference Center in Palo Alto, CA. The discussion will focus on how current trends in the legal industry are affecting law firm associates, including percentage of minority partners and the emphasis on profits-per-partner metrics. Panelists will explore alternative career opportunities while addressing the trade-offs of those options, what legal experiences were important to advancing/making those changes, and how to go about pursuing them. This program is offered at no cost and is sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association, Axiom, and Berkeley Law. RSVP at [email protected].
Alumni Reception at the California State Bar Annual Meeting
If you are going to the 2008 California State Bar Annual Meeting, be sure to join us at the Boalt Alumni Reception on Saturday, September 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Monterey Marriott. Special thanks to our honorary hosts Jeffrey Bleich '89, President of the California State Bar, Holly Fujie '78, Incoming President of the California State Bar, and Bill Hebert '88, State Bar Board of Governors. To RSVP, call 510.643.6673, email [email protected], or register online here.

Holly Fujie '78 Elected President of The State Bar of California
Holly Fujie '78, a shareholder with Buchalter, Nemer, Fields and Younger in Los Angeles, will be sworn in as the 84th president of The State Bar of California on September 27. She becomes just the third woman to lead the organization since its inception in 1927.
A trial lawyer with 30 years of experience, Fujie specializes in insurance industry litigation and is a strong promoter of diversity in schools and businesses through several organizations. She serves on the Boalt Hall Alumni Association Board, and is active in the law school's Partners in Leadership campaign. Fujie will succeed fellow Boalt graduate Jeff Bleich '89, a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco and an adjunct professor at the law school since 1992.
Maria Blanco '84 Receives Ohtli Award
Maria Blanco '84, executive director of Boalt's Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity & Diversity, received the prestigious Ohtli Award September 5 in Los Angeles at the Hispanic National Bar Association's annual convention. It is the highest official recognition Mexico's government bestows on someone outside the country, and honors people who have contributed to the advancements of Mexican citizens living beyond its borders.
Recognized for her work defending the rights of the Mexican immigrant community, Blanco has more than 20 years experience as a litigator and advocate for immigrant rights, women's rights, and racial justice. She has launched programs to increase minority access to higher education, provide legal counsel for students in substandard schools, and convene African-American and Latino community leaders to discuss the impact of immigration reform.
Edley Honored by National Law Journal
The National Law Journal recently honored Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. as one of the nation's 50 most influential minority lawyers. "Merely holding a high office or position of authority was not enough," National Law Journal associate editor Michael Moline wrote of the qualifications needed to make the list. "We wanted to identify attorneys who have demonstrated the power to change the law, shape public affairs, launch industries and get big things done."
Before becoming Boalt's dean in 2004, Edley spent 23 years as a professor at Harvard Law School, co-founded the Harvard Civil Rights Project, and served the administrations of President Carter and President Clinton. In 2006, he was named to a national nonpartisan commission created to review the No Child Left Behind Act. Since Edley came to Boalt four years ago, it has climbed from No. 13 to No. 6 in the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings.

Boalt's Female Pioneers Honored in Exhibition
Boalt Hall's first group of women students are being honored at an exhibition entitled "Dancing Backwards in High Heels" in the law library's main reading room. Although the law school has been co-ed since its inception, women were a small minority, and the original Boalt Hall was built with no women's restroom. Despite the academic rigors of law school and a widely-held prejudice that women did not belong there, 120 women graduated from Boalt between 1906 and the end of World War II-many of whom became significant pioneers in law. The exhibition will remain open to library visitors through the end of September.
Feature Documentary Based on Boalt Alumnus Seeks Face Book for Class of 1969
BMP Films, an independent documentary production company in Los Angeles, is currently finishing a feature documentary on the life of Larry Hillblom '69, one of the founders of DHL. They need a copy of the Boalt Hall School of Law Face Book for the class of 1969 no later than October 1 for use in the film. 

Please contact Christine Louise Berry, associate producer, via [email protected] or 323.302.2257.
2008 Cal Football Tickets - Available Now!
Go to www.CalBears.com/groupwindow to purchase discounted single game tickets of $34 in stadium areas reserved for alumni. The ID is "BOALT" and password is "BOALT."  Please note: Tickets for the October 25 UCLA and November 22 Stanford games are not available through the Boalt ticket window. Go Bears!

Have you moved to a new city or job? Do you have a baby on the way? Did you get a promotion? Keep your fellow alums up-to-date with your important life changes by submitting a Class Note. We'll publish your news on the web and/or the alumni magazine, Transcript. And if you don't have anything new to report, just browse our Class Notes page.

Bruce Singman '66 reports that he is in the process of placing his
sports programs, "All Pro Sports Football Series", "All Pro Sports
Basketball Series", and "All Pro Sports Driving Series", into the

For more information, contact the company here: http://www.allprosportsfootball.com/contact.html

Meanwhile he has launched the sale of his ancillary branded and licensed AP SPORTS Apparel line imprinted with the names and logos of the football, basketball and driving series and the signatures and
illustrations of the players and coaches and automobile racing champions featured in the programs. He is also pursuing the theatrical exhibition and television broadcast of his current action adventure fantasy feature film "Warrior."

For more information on this project visit:

Tracy Westen '67 shares:

Lots of activities lately:

1) I've helped launch, through the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS), which I founded, a powerful new website called PolicyArchive
(www.PolicyArchive.org). We believe this will grow into the world's
largest online collection of public policy research.

2) We've also produced and released a series of humorous voter
information PSAs that are now available on YouTube (see

3) And I've helped write and edit a number of new publications in the
past few months, including: Democracy by Initiative: Shaping
California's Fourth Branch of Government (2008, 400 pages), the most
detailed analysis yet published of California's ballot initiative
process; Termed Out: Reforming California's Legislative Term Limits
(2008); Public Campaign Financing: New Jersey Legislature: A Pilot
Project Takes Flight (2008); Public Campaign Financing: New Jersey
Governor: Weeding Out Big Money in the Garden State (2008); Public
Campaign Financing: Minnesota: Damming Big Money in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (2008); Public Campaign Financing: Wisconsin: Showing Its Age (2008); Public Campaign Financing: Michigan: Driving Towards Collapse

All these publications appear on our website and on
PolicyArchive (www.PolicyArchive.org).

Mark L. Musto '78 gives this update: I joined Fitzgerald Abbott &
Beardsley as "Of Counsel" in July. My AV-rated practice at the firm covers  the spectrum of civil litigation with an emphasis on trust and estates litigation. A segment of my practice is also devoted to employment litigation and counseling (for both employees and management) and insurance coverage/bad faith cases.

I also serve as General Counsel to Ma Laboratories, Inc., a leading
Silicon Valley computer component distributor, headquartered in San
Jose with 1,600 employees world-wide.

From 1983-2007, I was a member of the firm of Goldstein & Musto P.C., a litigation boutique with offices in Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

Tamar Dyson '83 reports: Last March I accepted a position with the
California Integrated Waste Management Board as staff counsel practicing environmental law. I feel as though I have come full circle. My first  permanent job was in public service as an Army officer. After retirement I entered into various positions in private law practice. Now I have  returned to public service, in an area of law that is new and exciting. I am particularly happy to be involved in the implementation of statutes that seek to reduce global warming and the state's carbon footprint. I knew that somehow my implantation in Berkeley during my three years at Boalt would someday yield fruit!

Laura Clayton '84 reports: Effective July 1, I was named vice
president, public sector west region for IBM. In this capacity, I lead a
sales organization with responsibility for selling IBM hardware,
software, and services to clients in the state and local government,
education, and healthcare industries. I was previously the vice
president of services business development for the communications sector  in the Americas at IBM. Prior to IBM, I was vice president, business  development at Rational Software.

Pamela Johnston '87 shares: I recently became the new chair of the
white collar defense practice at Foley & Lardner LLP. I joined Foley's
Los Angeles office in 2005 after 14 years with the U.S. Attorney's
Office in Los Angeles. Our white collar practice includes Boalt alum
David Simon.

James M. Smith '88 recently joined Solutus Legal Search, a leading legal search firm with offices in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Los
Angeles. Jim's search practice focuses on lateral partner, lateral
associate and in-house placements.

Prior to joining Solutus, Jim practiced law for almost 20 years in the
San Francisco Bay Area, focusing his practice on litigation and
counseling, with a special emphasis on both hard and soft intellectual
property issues. During his legal career, Jim served both as the hiring
partner for the Silicon Valley office of an international law firm of
over 800 attorneys, and on the management committee of a Silicon Valley firm.

Lisa Javorka Kennedy '90 reports: I have returned to practicing law
after twelve years of practicing full-time parenting. I joined the
Georgia Office of the Attorney General as an assistant attorney general
in the business and finance section, where I am rapidly learning the
subtleties of bond law.

Mark Ople '95 updates: This has been a great year. In May, I married
Christa Cerra in La Jolla, California, and I joined the immigration law
firm of Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP. Life is quite busy, but we wouldn't
have it any other way. I hope this message finds my classmates in good
health and good cheer.

Neal Jannol '95 was promoted from senior counsel to partner in Loeb & Loeb's Los Angeles office effective July 1. Neal concentrates his
practice on sophisticated estate and tax planning for individual
clients, the representation of individual and corporate fiduciaries, and
the administration of estates and trusts. His experience includes
drafting revocable and irrevocable trusts, business succession planning,
premarital planning, charitable gift planning, and all aspects of estate
administration and probate procedures. Loeb & Loeb LLP is a
multi-service national law firm approaching 300 attorneys with four
domestic offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Nashville and
affiliations in Asia and Europe.

Navid Dayzad '99 was recently named a "Rising Star" in immigration law by Super Lawyers magazine. The magazine published a personal account of Navid and his law school days. See the following for  more: http://www.dayzadlaw.com/super_lawyers_2008.pdf

Navid is also excited to share news of his niece's birth, Lily.

John Renehan '00 shares: I have recently returned from a 15-month
deployment to Ramadi, Iraq (U.S. Army, 3d Infantry Division), where my soldiers and I lived in Iraqi police stations and trained the nascent
Ramadi police force, supported the emerging Ramadi justice system,
ensured the humane treatment of detainees in the Iraqi jails, and
trained the citywide police leadership in human rights, due process, and
humane policing. On return, I married my long-suffering fiancee Susan,
and am now getting ready to complete my term of service and re-enter
civilian life. Best to all.

Victoria K. Hall '04 reports: I represented UC Berkeley Physics Prof.
and Associate Dean Robert Jacobsen in Jacobsen v. Katzer, an open source  case involving issues of first impression. In mid-August 2008, we won an appeal in the Federal Circuit which ruled that open source license terms are conditions that, when violated, result in copyright infringement, not breach of contract, as the district court had ruled the year before. The appeals court decision was the first to hold that open source licenses are enforceable in copyright. The ruling received news coverage in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC, Reuters, Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, MSNBC, and other news papers and magazines, as well as numerous blogs. Creative Commons, Open Source Initiative, Software Freedom Law Center, Perl Foundation, Linux Foundation, and Wikimedia Foundation filed an influential amicus brief which was written in part by Chris Ridder, also a Boalt Hall grad. To
read the opinion, see http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/opinions/08-1001.pdf.

Professor Yuichiro Tsuji '05 JSD attended an international symposium held by the judiciary of Thailand in August. This annual event was held on August 6th and 7th, and was led by Judge Comwatchara Iangong, '07 LLM. Judges and a member of the royal family of Thailand kingdom attended the lecture.

For judges in Thailand, at the Thailand Judicial Training Instisute
(JTI), Professor Yuichiro talked about U.S. and Japanese environmental law issue, and shared a viewpoint he learned from Professor Dan Farber at Boalt Hall during his JSD study.

Professor Tsuji and Judge Comwatchara Iangong, who is now a director of International Affairs division at Judiciary of Thailand, promised to
work together for a sustainable society for the future among Thailand
and Japan as Boalt Hall alumni.

This symposium was written up in the Bangkok Independent Newspaper on August 11.

For more information please see the following links:

Barnaby Feder '77 announces: After more than 27 years at The New York Times as a reporter, I'm headed to divinity school to become a Unitarian Universalist minister. I've begun my studies at Drew Theological School in Madison, N.J., a short commute from my home in Montclair, N.J., where my wife, Michele, teaches fifth grade.