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Highlights of upcoming alumni events. Access the full event calendar and register online, email rsvp@law.berkeley.edu or call 510.643.6673

September 12
Boalt Reception at the State Bar Annual Meeting with Holly Fujie '78

Be sure to join us for this special reception at the California State Bar Annual Meeting!  Hear from State Bar President Holly Fujie '78 and network with fellow alumni and catch up with old friends. The reception will take place from 6pm to 8pm at Fleming's Steakhouse, 380 K Street, just a few blocks from the Manchester Grand Hyatt. To RSVP, sign up online here, email rsvp@law.berkeley.edu, or call the Alumni Center at 510.643.6673.

September 17

Los Angeles Alumni Event with Haas: "Real Estate: Where from Here?"
Hear from real estate experts as they discuss the current and future residential and commercial real estate markets. Panelists include Haas Professor Robert Edelstein, Dr. Chris Thornberg, Principal of Beacon Economics, and Richard K Green, director of the Lusk Real Estate Center at USC. The event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Boulevard (near 405), Los Angeles. For more information and to register, click here. Please be sure to identify yourself as a Boalt alumni.

September 29
Bar Association of San Francisco Panel on Academic Careers
The Bar Association of San Francisco invites you to learn about becoming a law professor. Panelists will discuss how to obtain various faculty positions, their professional paths, and what their experiences have been as minority professors. This seminar is applicable for all levels of attorneys within the legal profession and is free of charge. It will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the BASF Conference Center, 301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco. Please RSVP to diversityevents@sfbar.org by September 25.  For more information, click here

October 16, 2009
Washington DC Alumni Reception featuring CHEFS and the Warren Institute
Learn about what's new at The Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security (CHEFS) and The Chief Justice Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, and meet Boalt students in the UCDC Law program. Faculty guests include Goodwin Liu, Mary Ann Mason, Ann O'Leary, and Steve Sugarman. The reception will hosted by Wendy Krasner '78 from  6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, One Metro Center 700 12th Street, NW, Suite 1100 Washington, DC. RSVP online here, call 510.643.6673 or email rsvp@law.berkeley.edu

November 19, 2009
SF Alumni Reception and CLE Talk, "Regulatory Barriers to Renewables in California"
Save the date for an alumni reception and panel discussion, "Regulatory Barriers to Renewables in California." The reception will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bingham McCutchen, Three Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor in San Francisco.  Special thanks to William Kissinger '87 for hosting at Bingham McCutchen. RSVP online here, call 510.643.6673, or email rsvp@law.berkeley.edu.

September 2009
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All-Alumni Reunion 2009 - Register Today!
All-Alumni Reunion is just one month away, so register now! A packed program full of exciting events spanning both sides of the San Francisco Bay has been planned for you from October 8-11. Check out the full schedule of events here and see who's coming here.  
Earn CLE! Hear from Boalt professors and alumni as they discuss some of the hottest topics of the day, including the legal issues facing the California wine industry, the reconstruction of the U.S. financial system, a review of the recent U.S. Supreme Court term, and the future of U.S. energy and environmental policy. Earn up to 4 general CLE credits for just $125! 
Attend Free Events! Take advantage of the free events during All-Alumni Reunion. The weekend kicks off on Thursday with the Gala Welcome Reception at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. On Friday, get an inside look into White House Fellowships, drink tea with the leaders of Boalt's student journals and organizations, and take hard-hat tours of the South Addition construction. Finally, on Saturday, hear an insider's view of the current state of the fiscal and governance crisis in California, with Boalt's Dean Christopher Edley, former UC Regent Gerald Parsky, California Senator Joe Simitian '77, and Professor David Gamage. 
Celebrate! Enjoy a wine tasting on Friday with wines donated by Boalt alumni. On Saturday, have lunch with friends and faculty and hear from Boalt Hall Alumni Association president James McManis '67. Dance and dine the night away with classmates and faculty at the Gala Reception and Dinner, featuring Jeff Bleich '89, at the historic Palace Hotel, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 
Reunite! Special reunion celebrations will be held throughout the weekend for alumni in class years ending in 4 and 9. Click here to learn more. All graduates from classes 1959 and earlier are invited to the Golden Circle breakfast on Saturday hosted by Borden Price '50 with Professor Richard Buxbaum '53 and archivist William Bennemann. 
Give!  A Message from Terry O'Reilly '69, Chair, 2009 Reunion Campaign
All-Alumni Reunion is fast approaching and we hope to see you in Berkeley and San Francisco in four short weeks!  Thanks to the hard work of our nearly 100 alumni volunteers -- spanning five decades at Boalt -- I am pleased to report that reunion campaigns are making great progress. We urge you to support Boalt's preeminence as the nation's top-ranked public law school by making a gift now. If you graduated in a class ending in 4 or 9, consider making a special gift in honor of your Boalt anniversary!
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Career Development Office Welcomes New Attorney Counselors
As part of its diligent efforts to help students and alumni during the economic downturn, Boalt's Career Development Office has added Robert White and Alex Lee '04 as attorney counselors. White is the school's first Director of Alumni Career Services, and Lee will share public interest career programming and advising responsibilities with fellow attorney counselor Linda Maranzana '02. Read the complete story here.

Nominate Your Colleagues for the BHAA Awards
The Boalt Hall Alumni Association annually recognizes the achievements of the law school community at a gala celebration each spring. You can help distinguish your peers by nominating individuals for the Citation Award, Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award and Young Alumni Award.  Just click here to learn more about the awards and to submit your nominations. The 2010 BHAA awards will be presented at the Citation Award Dinner on Friday, April 30, at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco.
Upgrades to the Loan Repayment Assistance Program
As part of its ongoing effort to assist students and alumni amid the current economic crisis, Boalt has upgraded its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)-already one of the most generous among U.S. law schools. Starting in January, LRAP will provide up to 10 years of unlimited support for repaying law school student loan debt for graduates who earn less than $65,000 per year in law-oriented public interest or government jobs. More information about the new plan, made possible by a loan repayment option under the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act, is available here.
Koret Interactive Learning Center Brings the World to Boalt Hall
In August, the Koret Foundation completed their generous $1.5 million gift to Boalt Hall to create the Koret Interactive Learning Center, a 60-person, multi-purpose room located in the heart of the law school. This state-of-the-art learning environment has been used as a classroom, complete with audio-visual capabilities, since August 2008 and as a video-conferencing facility since spring 2009. Carefully planned for flexibility and scalability, the classroom shines both as a comprehensive high-tech local classroom as well as a premier distance learning resource. For the full story, please click here.
Koret Center
Construction Update
Check out this time-lapse video of the excavation and construction of the new South Addition. Also, the new West Terrace was completed this summer, and students are already taking advantage of its new umbrella tables! Keep updated on Boalt's construction projects here.
Professional Skills Program
Boalt plans to further strengthen its emphasis on practical legal training under the new Director of Professional Skills, David Oppenheimer. Having bolstered its professional skills program in recent years, the school has now taken another step by hiring the program's first full-time leader. The decision to bring aboard David Oppenheimer signals a growing emphasis on cultivating the practical training needed to perform quality legal work. Read the full article here
New Alumni Challenge
We are pleased to announce that Boalt Hall, the nation's top-ranked public law school, benefits from a powerful new fundraising initiative that will quadruple all gifts to Boalt made by recent alumni and students. The UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees recently instituted the New Alumni Challenge, which provides a 3-to-1 match for all money donated to Boalt by new alumni. This means that for every $1 you give to Boalt Hall, Boalt receives $4. Kick it up a notch and your $1,000 gift to Boalt turns into $4,000.

Any recent Boalt graduate (Classes of 2005 to 2009), or any Boalt student graduating in 2010, is eligible and urged to participate in the match. All gifts up to $1,000 qualify, and the program will run through June 30, 2010. Please give to Boalt right now, and watch as your gift is quadrupled by the New Alumni Challenge! If you have questions, please contact Andrew Kaufteil at akaufteil@law.berkeley.edu or 510.642.7574.
Order your copy of the 2010 Boalt Hall Alumni Directory!
Confirm your listing and order your 2010 Boalt Hall Alumni Directory by calling Harris Connect at 1.800.414.4603 before October 26. The directory will contain listings of Boalt Hall graduates and the business and personal information they elect to provide. The first stage of information gathering has completed, and now is your opportunity to determine what you would like shared with your classmates. The directory is a limited edition print run so please purchase yours before October 26.   Hardbound books are $89.99, and softbound copies are $69.99, plus shipping and tax. Less expensive CD versions are also available. For questions about the project, please contact Megan Smith, director of Alumni Relations, at 510.642.0612 or mlsmith@law.berkeley.edu.

Resource for Alums Working in Energy, Climate Change or Clean Technology
The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) invites interested alums to check out the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) - a multi-disciplinary 2,000-member organization bringing together UC Berkeley students, researchers, alumni and other professionals working in all aspects of energy and resources. In addition to hosting numerous events on and near campus to which alumni are always encouraged to come, BERC maintains an active Alumni Network which hosts events and programs specifically for UC Berkeley alums. Boalt Hall graduates are also encouraged to participate in BERC's student-alumni mentorship programs, attend career-focused events and social gatherings, and help update its Career Guide for Energy, Climate and Cleantech Law. You can join BERC here, or email its VP of Alumni for more information about the BERC Alumni Network and to be added to its mailing list.

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Alumni White House Tour with Jeff Bleich '89- September 3, 2009
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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.

James McManis '67, Boalt Hall Alumni Association president and a founding partner of the leading Northern California trial firm McManis Faulkner, joins XDL Group, a nationwide network of veteran trial lawyers and intellectual property professionals. Mr. McManis is the first California affiliate for XDL Group, which pools the talents, resources and experiences of its affiliated attorneys to provide clients with the resources of a large, national firm, but with the cost-effectiveness, flexibility and access characteristic of high caliber, smaller firms. 
John R. Phillips '69 has been named Chairman of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. Mr. Phillips is a partner in the Washington, DC Law Firm of Phillips & Cohen, LLP. Mr. Phillips has a long history of involvement in public interest law, having founded the Center for Law in Public Interest in 1971 in Los Angeles, one of the first Ford Foundation-funded "Public Interest Law Firms." The White House Fellowship is America's most prestigious program for leadership and public service, providing young individuals with experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.
Maria Rodriguez '79, a longtime advocate for minority women's rights and senior counsel for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, passed away on August 23 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 56. As director of the Chicana Rights Project for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and a board member of California Women's Law Center, Rodriguez built a legal career both in and out of the courtroom, fighting workplace discrimination and building low-income housing for single mothers.

Check out what many more of your classmates are up to and submit your own announcement here.