February, 2010

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The Class of 2010 gathered last month to celebrate the kickoff of their class campaign. Thanks to the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees, all gifts made by the class of 2010 (up to $1,000) will be matched 3-1, effectively quadrupling each gift.

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Campaign for Boalt Hall Partners in Leadership

Boalt Hall's Partners in Leadership program is flourishing! With membership at 75 firms and organizations, 97 volunteer captains, and over $1 million contributed to date, "Partners" provides a great way for alumni and their colleagues to stay connected to the Boalt family and engage with the law school. We invite you to join and make your gift here.


New Alumni Challenge Match

Boalt Hall has been one of the biggest beneficiaries among the schools on campus of this special opportunity provided by the UC Foundation Board of Trustees. So far in fiscal year 2010, alumni and students from classes of '05 - '10 have made gifts exceeding $30,000, which translates to more than $120,000 in support for Boalt! As we approach the June 30, 2010 deadline for this unique giving opportunity, please support your law school by clicking here and know that this 3:1 match will quadruple the impact of your gift to Boalt. Special note to the Class of 2005: All gifts made between now and the end of the year count toward your reunion campaign total!

2010 Reunion Campaign

Reunions will be celebrated at Alumni Weekend on October 2nd. 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.

School News
Boalt Hall's Celebration of Women Leaders

We hope you are planning to attend Boalt's Celebration of Women Leaders on Friday, April 30 at The InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco. This special event will pay tribute to professor and former Dean Herma Hill Kay's 50th anniversary of law teaching and will honor Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar '62 with the D. Lowell and Barbara Jensen Public Service Award. You can register online here. Thanks to our sponsors Fenwick & West LLP, McManis Faulkner, Morrison & Foerster LLP, and professors Eleanor Swift and Robert H. Cole.

Record-breaking Year for Boalt Applications

Boalt Hall had a record year in application submissions. We received 8,293 J.D. applications, which surpasses last year's application total of 7,940 by four percent. Competition for admission this year is further affected by a 10 percent increase in applicants who have LSAT/GPA combinations that fall into our very highest admission range.

New South Addition Emerges

The new building, the South Addition, is progressing nicely, and you can now see an actual building emerging from a 40-foot deep hole in the earth. In the fall, workers began pouring many thousands of cubic yards of "green" concrete to create the various levels of what will be the four-story building, which will house a 72-person classroom, a new cafe on the east side and a meeting/studying/eating area on the west side. They'll also be building the bridges that lead from the new roof garden to the Main Reading Room and to Steinhart Courtyard. Check out the time-lapse video of recent construction here.

NY Times Editorial Applauds Samuelson Law Clinic

A New York Times and International Herald Tribune editorial last month applauded Boalt's Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic for suing federal agencies to learn more about their use of social networking sites.

Onek Passes Torch to Russi at Center for Criminal Justice

David Onek, founding executive director of the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice (BCCJ), is stepping down and will be replaced by Andrea Russi, his associate director. Onek launched BCCJ in 2006; Russi came aboard in 2008.

"David has greatly exceeded our high expectations as BCCJ's founding executive director, and Andrea has been instrumental in the center's success to date," says Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. "They have created from scratch an organization that is widely respected by policymakers, practitioners, and academics."

Read the rest of the story here.

Human Rights Law Clinic Report on Columbia Drug Probe

A new Berkeley Law report asserts that Colombian paramilitary leaders extradited to the United States on drug-related charges must be held accountable for their role in mass atrocities and corruption in that country. Written by International Human Rights Law Clinic students Noah Smith '10 and Gretchen Gordon '11, the report "Truth Behind Bars: Colombian Paramilitary Leaders in U.S. Custody" calls for the U.S. to cooperate with Colombia's criminal investigations by providing access to those extradited. Read the full story here.

Faculty In the News Boalt's Goodwin Liu Nominated to Ninth Circuit Court

President Barack Obama has nominated Berkeley Law Associate Dean and Professor of Law Goodwin Liu to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Liua renowned expert on constitutional law, education policy, civil rights, and the Supreme Courtsays he is "very humbled" by the nomination, and thanks Obama and California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer "for their support and confidence in me."

Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. describes Liu as "one of the most capable colleagues Ive had in my three decades in academia," and says that "his ability to analyze, communicate, and inspire will make him a favorite among litigants and a leader among judges."

Read more here.

Professor Chris Kutz Comments on Future of UC Berkeley

Boalt professor Chris Kutz has served since August 2009 as chair of UC Berkeley's Academic Senate. Faced with an alarming budget crisis, the Senate has become a hub for faculty deliberation and activity on an array of important decisions  "some of them reversible," he says, "some not"  concerning the character and structure of the campus and the UC system. Read more about his perspective on the challenges of shared governance in a time of unprecedented change here.

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Boalt Hall Time Capsule Politics and the Classroom

It was an unprecedented intrusion of national politics into the classroom  federal agencies asking Boalt Hall professors to report if their law students expressed unacceptable political opinions  but it was only one of several controversies that rocked the Berkeley campus during the 1950s as national security clashed with academic freedom. A new exhibition in the library's Main Reading Room displays documents from these controversies, drawn from the papers of Professor (later Dean) Frank Newman. More information can be found here.

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Upcoming Events

March 4: McBaine Moot Court Competition
Witness the final arguments in the annual student moot court competition. Kathryn Mickle Werdegar '62 of the California State Supreme Court, Judge Ronald Whyte of the U.S. District Court for Northern California, and Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal will preside over the case Lee v. Louisiana. It will be held in Booth Auditorium in Boalt Hall at 5:00 pm. Register online here.

April 8: Boalt-Haas Alumni Happy Hour in San Francisco 2010
Connect with alumni from Boalt and Haas! Join us on Thursday, April 8 at 6:00 pm for an evening of mingling and networking in San Francisco. Special thanks to Demetrius and Shanda Chapin-Rienzo (Boalt '03 and '04), Joel Drescher '05, and Alyson Tufts '07 for hosting at Taverna Aventine, 582 Washington Street in San Francisco's Financial District. RSVP online here.

April 16: Save the date - Symposium Honoring Judge Thelton E. Henderson '62
The symposium will honor Judge Henderson's 30 years on the bench and will feature three panels focusing on areas of the law in which the judge has made significant contributions, including civil rights, the environment, criminal justice and institutional reform. Presenters include Jonathan Simon, Holly Doremus and David Oppenheimer from Boalt.  More information coming soon!

April 20 & 22: Alumni Receptions with Newly Admitted Students in NY and DC
Join fellow alumni and Dean of Admissions Edward Tom for a special reception with Boalt's newly admitted students.  The receptions are Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 pm in Washington, DC at the home of Ruth Greenspan Bell '67; and Thursday, April 22 at 6:30 pm in New York at Latham & Watkins, hosted by Warren Lilien '90. Sign up for the New York event here and the Washington, DC event here.

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 Mickle Werdegar '62 and Professor Herma Hill Kay. Register for the event here.

April 27, April 28, and May 4: "The New California Dream: Can We Fix the Golden State?" with Boalt Professor Maria Echaveste '80 Locations include Atherton, Santa Monica and Lafayette. Details here.

Save the Date! October 1-2: Boalt Hall Alumni Weekend 2010 and Citation Award Dinner. Details here.

Career Corner Check out these upcoming career-foused events:

March 11: CDO: Ari Kaplan -- Standing Out in a Stagnant Economy
Learn how to reach the people you want to meet and successfully develop long-term as well as short-term professional relationships from the author of "The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development" (Thomson-West, 2008). Ari Kaplan will present a one-hour program offering instructions for harnessing the power of making connections, building organic relationships, becoming involved in the community and generating opportunities to distinguish yourself in the downturn.

This event will be held in classroom 100 in Boalt Hall from 12:45 - 1:45 pm. RSVP to mrabkin@law.berkeley.edu.

March 8: Alternative Careers: When Lawyers Become Business People
12:45pm - 1:45pm, Boalt Hall, Room 140, Free

For some, a law degree unlocks other doors besides practicing law. Hear from Charley Moore '96, founder and CEO of Rocketlawyer.com, Harvey Rowen, '67, CEO of Starmont Asset Management and other JD panelists about their non-lawyer business roles, their unusual career paths, and how their legal education helped them develop successful business careers. This event will be held in classroom 140 in Boalt Hall from 12:45 - 1:45 pm. More information will be posted on the Career Services events calendar. Please RSVP to career@law.berkeley.edu.

March 21: Breaking In: A Workshop on Becoming a Law Professor, Adjunct, or Administrator
As part of its New Teachers' Pipeline Project, Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) in conjunction with GGU Law, will conduct a one-day workshop for Bay Area practitioners who have been thinking about career changes, or even just testing the waters by applying for adjunct positions at a local law school. This event will be held at Golden Gate University School of Law from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost is $35 and you can register here.

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Alumni Notes

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.

  • Valerie (Horowitz) Alexander '93
    Valerie (Horwitz) Alexander returned to Boalt this spring as a Visiting Professor to teach the Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility course, "Representation of Law in Film." Valerie will be commuting to Berkeley once a week from her home in Los Angeles, where she continues to work full-time as a screenwriter.
  • Patricia C. Benassi '69 and A. Lou Benassi '68
    Patricia C. Benassi and A. Lou Benassi have been selected as Super Lawyers in Illinois for 2010. They have both been selected as Super Lawyers for the period 2006-2010. They have also been selected by their peers as Leading Lawyers in Illinois for 2010. They have been selected as Leading Lawyers continuously since the Leading Lawyers peer review program started.
  • Nadia Costa '01 and Joshua Safran '01
    Nadia Costa and Joshua Safran were honored with the 2010 Domestic Violence Pro Bono Law Award by the Domestic Violence Practicum at UC Berkeley School of Law, the California Coalition of Women Prisoners, & the California Habeas Project. They were accompanied at the awards ceremony by their newly free client, Deborah Peagler who had been unlawfully incarcerated for 27 years. Safran and Cost spent six and a half years working to free Peagler. The award was given "for outstanding and tireless pro bono legal and investigative work in proving Deborah Peagler's case, freeing her from prison, and raising public awareness of domestic violence."
  • Daniel Furniss '76
    Daniel Furniss passed away on February 5 from a heart attack. He was 58. As a lawyer at Townsend and Townsend, he helped win a $1.1 billion antitrust settlement from Microsoft Corp. He is survived by his wife, Holly, and his three children, Anna, Laura and Chris. For more information, please click here
  • Debbie Leonard '02
    Debbie Leonard was recently named a partner at Las Vegas-based McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. Practicing primarily in natural resources law, Debbie assists the firm's clients with an array of land use and real property issues. She handles project permitting and entitlement, water rights conveyancing and litigation, actions to quiet title and judicial review of administrative agency decisions. Before practicing law, Leonard worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service on natural resource monitoring and management. She has also taught science at the elementary, secondary and college levels.

  • Jonathan Poisner '91
    Jonathan Poisner launched a new business venture: Jonathan Poisner Strategic Consulting. The business provides training and consulting to assist progressive nonprofit organizations with strategic planning, communications, fundraising, and other organizational challenges. From 1997-2009, Jonathan served as Executive Director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the last two years of which he served on the Board of Directors of the League of Conservation Voters. Jonathan lives with his wife Suzan in Vancouver, Washington.
  • Susan Poser '91
    Susan Poser was recently appointed as Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Law.
    Susan received her B.A. in Ancient Greek and Political Science from Swarthmore College, her J.D. from Boalt in 1991, and her Ph.D. in JSP with a dissertation on the remedial phase of desegregation litigation. At Nebraska she teaches courses on torts and judicial policy making, and has been active in the state and national ACLU.
  • Anne Preston '89
    Anne Preston has been named chair of Garvey Schubert Barer. Elected to a three-year term, Preston is a long-standing member of the firm's executive committee, and she serves as managing director of Garvey Schubert's Seattle office, a post she's held since 2006.
  • Glenn Sulmasy '07
    Glenn Sulmasy wrote "The National Security Court System: A Natural Evolution of Justice in an Age of Terror," published by Oxford University Press and recently was on C-Span discussing Guantanamo Bay and what should be done with the prisoners held there.
  • Richard K. Welsh '00
    Richard K. Welsh was selected by the Daily Journal as one of the top 20 lawyers under 40-years old in California and by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the top environmental lawyers in Southern California. He is currently a general litigation partner at the L.A. office of Akin Gump, and he is lead counsel for one of the world's largest energy companies in its global warming-related disputes.

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