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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

January 26

Special Briefing on the Sudan, Berkeley

The Human Rights Center presents, "Critical Factors Shaping the Future of Sudan: A Roundtable Discussion with The Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and Roger Winter." The event will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, 470 Stephens Hall, Berkeley.Please RSVP via e-mail to MCarnay@berkeley.edu.For more information, click here.

January 28

Beyond Copenhagen: Forging a Global Response to Climate Change, Berkeley

Leading Berkeley climate change experts will assess the outcome of Copenhagen and explore directions for future progress.The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley. Please RSVP to calclimate@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-3646.  For more information, click here.

The Law School, The University and the State - A Discussion with Dean Edley
Capacity is limited, so RSVP today by emailing rsvp@law.berkeley.edu or calling 510.643.6673.

  February 4

  Westside Los Angeles    

  6:30-8:00 pm at Katten

  Muchin Rosenman, 2029

  Century Park East, #2600

  February 5

  Downtown Los Angeles

  9:00-10:30 am at

  Crowell & Moring, 15
  South Flower Street,
  40th Floor

  February 5

  Orange County 

  12:00-1:30 pm at Manatt,

  Phelps & Phillips, Park

  Tower, 695 Town Center

  Drive, Costa Mesa

April 30

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 can be found here. For sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

October 1

Citation Award Dinner, San Francisco
Save the date for the Citation Award Dinner!  The 49th Annual Citation Award Dinner will be held on Friday, October 1 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Click here

October 2
Alumni Weekend, Berkeley and San Francisco

Attend MCLE presentations during the day followed by reunion dinners for the classes ending in 0 and 5 in the evening. Keep a lookout for more details! to submit BHAA award nominations. 

January 2010
Campaign for Boalt Hall News

Campaign Update

To date, the Campaign for Boalt Hall has raised over $73 million, as we head into the second half of our $125 million goal.Despite the challenging economic environment, we've seen a recent increase in giving participation and are looking forward to a strong 2010.Read more about Campaign and giving news in the latest issue of the Transcript.

Call for Class Committee Volunteers

If you graduated in a year ending in 0 or 5 and would like to learn more about how to get involved with your class campaign, please contact Summer Staino at 510.642.9045 or sstaino@law.berkeley.edu.

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Boalt Hall Alumni Association

Nominations for Board of Directors

Nominate yourself or one of your classmates to be a member of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association Board of Directors. For more information and to complete the nomination form, click here

Nominations for BHAA Awards

Remember to nominate your colleagues for the BHAA awards, including 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, in San Francisco.
Career Services
Seven Tips for Re-tooling Your Resume for Public Interest Work
The job market for public interest legal positions, always competitive, has become even more so as the number of applications for these positions has sharply increased. Here are some quick tips on ways to customize your resume for public interest employment.
  1. It's okay to exceed the general one page limitation for resumes but avoid wordiness.
  2. Direct experience is more important than academic credentials. List applicable experiences first, then your educational background unless some part of your educational background, for example law school clinical work, would be more compelling than your most recent job experience.
  3. Emphasize public interest experience, and give more detailed descriptions to public interest work.
  4. List all relevant experiences, even if the activity pre-dates law school or was not legal work, if it helps show your commitment to public service.
  5. Highlight transferable skills which are valuable in public or private sector legal work. 
  6. Language proficiencies are very valuable in public interest work and should be included on the resume.
  7. Adhere to the same standards for careful proofreading and scrupulous honesty you would for any resume, and especially for government positions follow all application requirements as exactly as possible
Alumni Career Services will be offering a program on transitioning from private sector to public interest legal work in the February-March timeframe. Please monitor the CDO website for details when available or email the CDO at career@law.berkeley.edu to go on the mailing list for the program.
See the Career Development Office (CDO) website for more information about public interest careers, and contact the CDO with any questions or for further advice about career development.
Main News

Memorial Service for Professor Stephen Barnett
A memorial service and reception will be held for Professor Emeritus and renowned scholar Stephen Barnett on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at the Bancroft Hotel in the Great Hall located directly across from Boalt Hall at 2680 Bancroft Way. All members of the Boalt community are invited to attend the memorial service and reception.  Speakers will include Professor Richard Buxbaum, Professor Melvin Eisenberg, and Boalt Hall alumna Helane Morrison '84 and Professor Gerald Uelmen of Santa Clara Law School.  Barnett, who died on October 13, 2009 at the age of 73 of complications resulting from cardiac arrest, was a prominent authority on intellectual property law, First Amendment issues, the news media, and California's legal institutions, including the California Supreme Court.
Boalt Alumnus Ted Olson '65 Argues in Prop 8 Trial
Boalt's own Theodore Olson '65, the former solicitor general under President George W. Bush, and David Boies, the Democratic trial lawyer who was his opposing counsel in Bush v. Gore, are representing the plaintiffs in the nation's first trial on same-sex couples' right to marry. The landmark case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which began on January 11 in San Francisco, is a Constitutional challenge to Proposition 8 that denies same-sex couples in California the right to marry. Voters approved the measure in 2008. Boalt students Amanda Beck and Sarah Ruby are blogging from the trial here.

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Alumni & Friends Reception in Thailand - January 6, 2010 10 Boalt Hall alumni and friends gathered for a first-ever alumni reception in Bangkok. Attendees represented five decades at Boalt and included private practice attorneys, members of the bench, and law professors, in addition to prospective LLM students. At the event, attendees shared breakfast, mingled, and received an update on what's new at Boalt Hall. The visit was enthusiastically received. Special thanks to Paniti Junhasavasdikul '95, Partner, DFDL Mekong (Thailand) Limited for hosting the event.

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.


Jess Bravin '97, the Wall Street Journal's Supreme Court correspondent, has been elected to the steering committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Founded in 1970, the Reporters Committee is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance to journalists.  Jess continues his role as the Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Please note that this is a correction to the class note in the recent issue of the Transcript.

Frank J. Broccolo '00 became a partner at the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP on January 1, 2010.  He practices Complex Commercial Litigation, where he has litigated commercial matters involving a variety of businesses, particularly in the areas of real estate, idea theft, defamation, privacy rights and publicity matters.

Matt Forsyth '95 is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Sapient, a global services company in technology, advertising and marketing. Sapient Consulting provides business and IT consulting services; Sapient Interactive offers online marketing/media strategy and creative services; and SapientNitro is a full-service advertising and brand strategy group. Matt is principal counsel to SapientNitro and Sapient Interactive, and oversees Sapient's global legal approach in commercial (contract) and employment matters. Currently based in New York City, Matt has held a variety of positions at Sapient in both the US (Boston) and the UK (London), most recently as Assistant General Counsel for Europe and Asia.


Tyler Gerking '02 has been elevated to partner at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco. Gerking represents individuals, private companies and public corporations in commercial disputes relating to insurance coverage, bankruptcy, contracts, commercial real estate and intellectual property. Read more about his achievement here.


Cate (Stevens) McClure '86 recently was appointed Senate Democratic Counsel for the Michigan State Senate. In addition she will continue to serve as Policy Analyst for the Senate Democratic Caucus covering the Judiciary, Elections and Campaign Oversight, and Government Operations and Reforms Committees, and the Judiciary and Corrections Appropriations subcommittees.  She continues to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Doug McClure '87 and their three sons, Joe (18), Tom (17) and John (12).

Niloofar (Nejat-Bina) Shepherd '99 married Richard Shepherd on August 9, 2009 in a scenic outdoor ceremony in Bel Air, California. They shared the joyous day with an intimate group of friends and family, many of whom had traveled internationally for the festivities.

Cynthia Tobisman '98 started the New Year as a partner in Greines Martin Stein & Richland LLP-a leading appellate firm based in Los Angeles. She joined the firm in 2001 after practicing as a litigator and transactional attorney for three years following her graduation from Boalt Hall.  Now a specialist in civil appeals, Tobisman has obtained significant results for her clients in a wide variety of matters ranging from civil rights, artist royalties, employment discrimination, products liability and personal injury to real property, immigration, breach of contract, bankruptcy and trade secrets misappropriation.


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