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

December 22

Alumni Career Services Program in San Francisco

Interested in contract lawyering, strategic volunteering, and ways to be productive while you are job-searching? Hear from the alumni career counselor and panelists about options for contract work, volunteering and other activities for job-seekers. The program will run from 6-8 p.m. at the offices of Reed Smith LLP, 101 Second Street, 18th floor, San Francisco. To RSVP, email career@law.berkeley.edu. For more info, click here.


January 6

Alumni Coffee Break in Bangkok

Join fellow Bangkok alumni on Wednesday, January 6 for a coffee break at the Dusit Thani Hotel from 9:00-11:00 a.m.! Socialize, network, and hear news from the law school from Andrew Kaufteil, Director of Annual Giving. The cost is 10 USD or Baht 350, and can be collected upon your arrival.  Special thanks to Paniti Junhasavasdikul '95 for acting as honorary host.  To RSVP, email the Alumni Center at rsvp@law.berkeley.edu.


April 30

Save the Date!  A Celebration of Women Leaders, San Francisco

Join us for Boalt Hall's Celebration of Women Leaders honoring two of Boalt's most accomplished women, California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar '62 and Professor Herma Hill Kay. More details to come!  For sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

December 2009
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A Word on Year-End Giving

Campus Curtailment
Boalt Hall will be closed December 23 through January 6 because of holidays and UC Berkeley furloughs. However, the Alumni Center will be open to accept gifts December 28-31. Just contact Catie Cariaga at 510-643-6542 or ccariaga@law.berkeley.edu. Make online gifts anytime here.

Give before Dec. 31 for tax credit!
This is the final date to earn IRS charitable deductions and tax credits for 2009.

Quadruple your gift!

Gifts from alumni in the classes of 2005-2009 will be matched 3 to 1 by the UC Berkeley Foundation.

Make a tax-free gift from your IRA!
For donors of at least 70½ years of age, you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA. Contact the Office of Gift Planning at 510.642.6300 or ogp@berkeley.edu.


Campaign Case Statement

Learn more about the Campaign for Boalt Hall and read the updated case statement here

Annual Report of Philanthropy
The 2009 Annual Report of Philanthropy is now available online here.

Career Tip: Great Things To Do While You Are Job-Searching

If you are currently unemployed, underemployed or just ready for a career change, there is more to finding that next position than patrolling the job boards and faithfully attending networking events. By carefully investing your time, you can position yourself to find and thrive in your next job. On December 22, the Career Development Office will present a program for alumni on temporary and contract work, volunteering, and other activities with immediate and long-term benefits to your career. See the events calendar on the left, and click here for the full Career Tip.

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New Transcript Magazine is Off the Presses

Read about your fellow grads who have been called into service by President Obama in the latest issue of the Transcript. Get updated on Jeff Bleich '89, John Phillips '69, Michael Posner '75, Margaret Richardson '03 and many more fellow Boalties. Read the magazine online or look for a copy in your mailbox soon.

Memorial Service for Stephen Barnett

All members of the Boalt community are invited to attend a Memorial Service and reception in honor of Boalt Emeritus faculty member Stephen Barnett. The event will be held on Friday, January 22, 2009 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Bancroft Hotel at 2680 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. Barnett, who died on October 13, 2009 at the age of 73, was a well-regarded scholar in the area of intellectual property law, First Amendment issues, the news media, and California's legal institutions, including the California Supreme Court.

A Celebration of Women Leaders

Women LeadersWe hope you will save the date of Friday, April 30, for a celebration in San Francisco to honor two of Boalt's most accomplished women. California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar '62 will be presented with the D. Lowell and Barbara Jensen Public Service Award and Professor and former Dean Herma Hill Kay will be recognized for her 50th year of teaching at the law school. More details to come! If you are interested in sponsoring this special celebration of Boalt's women pioneers, please click here.

Students Press Climate Change Conference to Consider Human Rights

Two students in the International Human Rights Law Clinic have written a report calling on nations to address the human rights impacts of climate change. The students, Zoe Loftus-Farren '11 and Cáitrín McKiernan '11, presented the paper at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this month. Read more about the report 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, October 1, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.


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State Bar Admissions Ceremony, December 4, 2009

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.

Nicole M. LeBlanc '07 has joined Tucker Ellis & West LLP as an associate in the firm's Los Angeles office, where she is a member of the Trial Department, focusing her practice on Business Litigation and Medical & Pharmaceutical Liability.


Thomas A. Letscher '87 has been elected the chair of the governance board of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, in Minneapolis. He starts his term in January. 


Richard F. Liebman '72, a founding partner at Barran Liebman LLP, has been named the 2010 Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year in Portland, Oregon by Best Lawyers. Rick has been representing employers in labor and employment law since 1972 and has three notable "firsts" that truly speak to his professional accomplishments: He has been selected as the first "Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year in Portland" by Best Lawyers for 2010, he was honored as the first "Management Practitioner of the Year" by the Oregon Industrial Relations Research Association in 2004, and he was the recipient of the Oregon State Bar Labor Section's first "Distinguished Service" award in 2003.


Heather Mewes '99, Boalt alumna and BHAA board member, was published by the Daily Journal in the November 12 issue. The full text of Heather's article on juries as fact-finders can be found here on the Fenwick & West website.


Robert C. O'Brien '91, the partner-in-charge of Arent Fox LLP in Los Angeles, has been named to the "Irish Legal 100" by Irish America magazine and the Irish Voice newspaper.


Cynthia McArthur Palmer '98 and her husband, Michael Palmer, welcomed their daughter, Michaela Marie Palmer, on November 15, 2009 at 8:41 PM in Chapel Hill, NC.  Cynthia is currently on maternity leave from her transactional practice at a small firm in Greensboro, NC, which she has really enjoyed since moving to North Carolina from California in 2006.


Jeffrey Tidus '79 passed away on December 8 at the age of 53.  He was an attorney with Baute & Tidus, a boutique firm specializing in civil litigation in downtown Los Angeles.  He is survived by his wife and daughter, Sheryl and Ilana.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Union Rescue Mission, the ASPCA, or to The Leukemia Society Team in Training (http://pages.teamintraining.org/los/LA10/jtidus).

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