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Below are highlights of upcoming alumni events. Access the full event calendar and register online, email [email protected] or call 510.643.6673
November 2
Alumni Breakfast in Hong Kong
Join fellow Boalt Hall classmates at an alumni breakfast reception in Hong Kong on Monday, November 2, from 9-10 am at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, 43rd Floor, Gloucester Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central in Hong Kong.  Special thanks to Sook Young Yeu '80 and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for hosting this event.  RSVP at  [email protected] or call +1 510 643 6673.

November 4

Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Lawyer-Student Social in Berkeley
All alumni working in the fields of energy, climate and clean technology are invited to join the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) at an informal lawyer-student social at Beckett's in Berkeley.  The reception is on Wednesday, November 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Beckett's, 2271 Shattuck Avenue near the Downtown Berkeley BART. Please RSVP and direct any questions to Jared Fish at [email protected]
November 4
Discover Cal Lecture Series, New York
Hear from UC Berkeley professors of public policy Robert Reich and Henry E. Brady as they discuss "Bouncing Back: Is Economic Recovery on the Way?"  This discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at McGraw-Hill Auditorium, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Register here. For questions, please call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225).
November 4
Discover Cal Lecture Series, San Francisco
Hear from UC Berkeley professors Charis Thompson, associate professor of gender and women's studies, and Stephen Hinshaw, professor and chair of the psychology department, as they discuss "Impossibly Perfect: The Pressures to Become Better Humans".  This discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 4, from 6-8:30 pm at Le Meridien, 333 Battery Street, San Francisco.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Register here.  For questions, please call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225).

November 5
Henderson Center Gala
Join the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at their 10th Anniversary Celebration and Gala.  The 2009 Trailblazer for Justice honoree is Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).  Congresswoman Norton has been at the forefront of every social justice cause in our lifetime.  The Thelton E. Henderson Social Justice Prize will also be presented to a recent Boalt Hall graduate.  The Gala will be on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 pm at San Francisco City Hall.  For tickets and more information, click here
November 6
Faculty Recruitment Reception for Alumni in Washington, D.C.
Join Boalt's Faculty Recruitment Committee for a reception at the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference in Washington, DC.  Come learn about teaching at Boalt and network with fellow alumni in the area.  The reception is on Friday, November 6 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, D.C. in Suite 5070.  RSVP to Julia Flinker,
[email protected] by Monday, November 2.

November 10

Job Search Basics: A Boalt Alumni Career Services Program in San Francisco
This free two-hour program is intended for alumni who are just getting started with a new job search or career transition. It will cover the basics of focusing your search, creating or updating your resume and cover letter, some tips and guidelines on networking and a quick review of the most frequently used job boards and resources for job seekers. Please join us on Tuesday, November 10, at 6:00 pm at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 555 California Street, San Francisco. To reserve a space for this program, please email the Career Development Office at [email protected] by Monday, November 9th, 5:00 pm (enrollment limited to 24 participants - no walk-ins).

November 13
Caleb Foote Symposium
The Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice presents the 2009 Caleb Foote Symposium: "New Directions for American Drug Policy?"  The Symposium will be on Friday, November 13 from 1:00-5:00 pm at Boalt Hall in Classroom 105.  Register here (registration required).  For more information, contact BCCJ at 510.643.7025 or visit www.bccj.berkeley.edu.
November 19
SF Alumni Reception and CLE Talk, "33% by 2020?: Regulatory Barriers to Renewable Energy in California"
You are invited to an alumni reception and panel discussion, "33% by 2020?: Regulatory Barriers to Renewable Energy in California", moderated by Steve Weissman, associate director of the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE), with speakers Bill Chamberlain '71, chief counsel of the California Energy Commission, and Barbara Schussman '89, partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP.  CLE credit is offered. The reception will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bingham McCutchen, Three Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor, San Francisco. Special thanks to Bingham McCutchen for hosting.  Please RSVP here, call 510.643.6673 or email [email protected]

December 4
State Bar Swearing-In Ceremony at Boalt Hall
Save the date for the annual swearing-in ceremony for Boalt Hall's newest graduates.  The ceremony will be presided by California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar '62 and Judge Thelton Henderson '62 of the United States District Court, Northern District.  The reception will start at 2:00 pm and the ceremony will begin at 3:00 pm in Booth Auditorium at Boalt Hall.  RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 510.643.6673. 

October 2009
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All-Alumni Reunion 2009
Earlier this month more than 300 alumni returned to Boalt for the annual homecoming with faculty, students and friends.  Among the many exciting and interesting programs held during the weekend, a highlight was the opportunity to enjoy many of the law school's newly renovated facilities. From wine tasting on the new West Terrace to CLE lectures in the renovated high-tech classrooms, it was terrific to see the physical improvements that have accompanied Boalt's rise to becoming the country's top public law school.
  • Check out photos here and the recorded presentations here
  • See the development of the new South Addition building here
Those classes ending in 4 and 9 commemorated reunion milestones at special celebrations throughout the long weekend. In honor of their reunion, over 550 alumni have participated in their class campaign and have raised more than $1,097,000 to support Boalt Hall.
  • Check out class reunion photos from the Saturday night gala at the Palace Hotel here 
    Complimentary copies will be mailed to those pictured!
Stay connected with the Boalt community online through LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

UC Berkeley's Oliver Williamson Shares Nobel Prize in Economics
Oliver Williamson, the Edgar F. Kaiser Professor Emeritus of Business, Economics, and Law at UC Berkeley, has won a 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. The longtime Boalt faculty member was recognized for his analysis of economic governance in examining how business firms could serve as structures for conflict resolution. Professor Williamson, 77, is the university's fifth Nobel winner in economics and 21st overall. For more information, please click here
Professor Emeritus and Renowned Scholar Stephen Barnett Dies at 73
Stephen BarnettStephen Barnett, professor emeritus at Berkeley Law, died of complications resulting from cardiac arrest on October 13. He was 73. A prominent authority on intellectual property law, First Amendment issues, the news media, and California's legal institutions--including the state's Supreme Court--Barnett joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 1967. He taught Copyright and Trademarks, Torts, and California Legal Institutions, was awarded the Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Chair in 1990, and retired in 2003. A memorial service for Professor Barnett will be held at Boalt in January, and information will be made available shortly.  More
CHEFS Plays Key Role in Producing Shriver Report
On October 18, Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress released "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything," a comprehensive study about women's rising economic status and its effect on American life. Berkeley's Center for Health, Economic, and Family Security (CHEFS) Executive Director Ann O'Leary '05 was one of the report's two co-editors and co-authored a chapter on the government's role in supporting women with both working and caretaking responsibilities. CHEFS Faculty Co-Director Mary Ann Mason and Maria Echaveste '80, senior distinguished fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, also wrote chapters for the report. Click here to read the full article. 
Getting that First Legal Job - We Want to Hear Your Story!
How did you land your first legal job-through on-campus interviewing (OCIP), on your own, or through other means? The Career Development Office would like your help in showing students that many alums have gone on to very successful careers beginning with jobs they obtained outside of the OCIP program. If this is your story and you'd like to share it (anonymously, if you prefer), we would love to hear from you. Please send us a brief email describing your career to [email protected]. We will set up interviews with a cross-section of alumni and tell your success stories through the monthly e-newsletter. Thanks for helping the CDO support and inspire other alumni and students.
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.
Supreme Court of California to Hold Special Session at Boalt on Nov. 3
Calif Supreme Court-Ronald GeorgeAll alumni are invited to attend a special outreach session of the California Supreme Court on Tuesday, November 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Boalt Hall. As part of the Court's effort to improve public understanding of its role and function, the Court will hear oral arguments in Booth Auditorium, marking the ninth year in a row that the Court will sit outside of its usual chambers to educate and interact with the local community. The morning program will feature opening remarks by the Chief Justice of California, Ronald George, and Boalt Law Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., followed by a question-and-answer session between law students and the justices. Join faculty and students at this special event. For more information, please contact Nancy Donovan in the Dean's office at [email protected]. For more details about the individual cases, click here. The California Channel, a public affairs cable network, will broadcast oral arguments live. For local viewing information, click here.   
Quadruple Your Gift to Boalt - Matching Program for Recent Alumni
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 [email protected] or 510-642-7574.

Professors Eric Talley, Jonathan Simon '87 Awarded Faculty Chairs
Renowned professors of law Eric Talley and Jonathan Simon '87 have been awarded faculty chairs at Boalt Hall.  Talley, a corporate law expert and faculty co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy, is the first holder of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Chair. Simon, associate dean of the law school's Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program and faculty co-chair of the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice, will occupy the Adrian A. Kragen Professorship of Law Chair. To read the full article, please click here
Webcast: Global Financial & Economic Crisis: Global Unemployment
BCLBE webcastDespite recent upticks in the economy, the U.S. and worldwide employment picture continues to be bleak. Are we facing a "jobless recovery?" Did the international economic collapse in 2008-09 alter the labor market permanently? What employment patterns and prospects should we expect as global markets and economies recover? A panel of distinguished UC Berkeley scholars tried to answer these questions at recent event sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. Watch video of the event here.

Aarti Kohli Warns That Immigration Enforcement Efforts Are Misguided

A San Francisco Chronicle op-ed co-authored by Aarti Kohli of Berkeley Law's Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity warns that efforts to ramp up enforcement of U.S. customs and immigration laws will likely produce racial profiling and civil rights violations. Kohli, director of immigration policy and legislative counsel for the Warren Institute, wrote the op-ed with Antonia Hernández, president and chief executive of the California Community Foundation. For more information, please click here. The op-ed is available here.

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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.

Stephen M. Bingham '69, an attorney for Bay Area Legal Aid, lost his daughter, Sylvia Bingham, in a hit-and-run bicycle accident in Cleveland, OH in September.  She was 22. A foundation has been created in honor of Sylvia to promote safety for cyclists and pedestrians. Visit www.sylviabinghamfoundation.org for more information.

Jeffrey L. Bleich '89
was nominated by President Obama as the next Ambassador to Australia. Currently, Mr. Bleich is serving as a special counsel to the President and was recently a keynote speaker at Boalt Hall's reunion weekend.

Catherine L. Fisk '86,
Chancellor's Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, recently published her book, "Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930."

Andrew J. Grotto '02
left the Center for American Progress in September, where he served as a Senior National Security Analyst and had worked since 2003, to join the professional staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's (D-RI) designee. In that capacity, he serves as the Senator's senior advisor on national security and intelligence matters.

Holly L. Henderson-Fisher '07 and her husband Josh Fisher celebrated the birth of their daughter, Bella Mirai Fisher, on February 15. 
Kevin J. Mack '07 and Olga V. Mack (Kotlyarevskaya) '06 are discovering the joys and challenges of parenthood with the arrival of Katie Marie Mack on August 31 at 3:51 a.m. 
Sajjad Matin '08 and Ilham Hosseini '07 were married in the nation's capital on May 24. The two had spent the previous year planning the wedding on opposite ends of the country, with Sajjad working in the San Francisco office of Kirkland & Ellis' intellectual property group and Ilham clerking in Miami for the Honorable Adalberto Jordan. The civil ceremony was officiated by Judge Jordan, and the religious sermon was offered by Professor Hatem Bazian. Sajjad and Ilham first met in Professor Bazian's Islamic Law class at Boalt. Following her clerkship, Ilham plans to join Sajjad in San Francisco and begin work in Jones Day's litigation group.

Melonie J. McCall '93, a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, currently serves as president of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. Ms. McCall began her term in January 2009, becoming the fourth woman and first African-American to head the association.

Ann O'Leary '05 is the co-editor for "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything," a comprehensive study about women's rising economic status and its effect on American life recently released by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress. In addition to being the report's co-editor, O'Leary co-authored a chapter on the government's role in supporting women with both working and caretaking responsibilities. O'Leary is the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Health, Economic and Family Security (Berkeley CHEFS). Read the full story here and check out the report here.

Adam Sachs '86 was recently named managing partner at Folger, Levin & Kahn LLP in San Francisco.

Stephen Venable '90
recently became the President of the Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council, an independent nonprofit affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, which facilitates the development of symbiotic business relationships between the corporate community and minority suppliers. He also was elected to the Board of Directors of The People's Center Medical Clinic at Cedar Riverside, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit community health center that offers high-quality, affordable health care to all (including countless members of local underserved, lower socio-economic communities).

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