March, 2010

Alumni Photos

Members of the Boalt Hall community joined distinguished jurists Kathryn Mickle Werdegar ’62, Ronald Whyte and Diane Wood for a celebratory dinner following final arguments in this year’s McBaine Moot Court Competition on March 4. View photos of the event here.

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Campaign for Boalt Hall Volunteer for 2010 Class Reunions!

Our reunion class committees are filling up and we can already tell it's going to be a great campaign!  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 (particularly those alumni from the Classes of 1960, 1980, 1985, and 1990), please contact Summer Staino at 510.642.9045 or  We welcome your participation.


School News
David Caron ’83 to Lead American Society of International Law

Berkeley Law Professor David Caron ’83 was named president of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) March 25 during the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. He will serve a two-year term with ASIL, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that fosters the study of international law and promotes international relations based on law and justice through meetings, publications, and outreach programs. Read more here.

New Podcast Tackles Criminal Justice Issues

The Criminal Justice Conversations Podcast, hosted by criminal justice expert David Onek, has already gained widespread attention since being piloted in November 2009 and fully launched in February 2010.  A co-production of Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice and UC Berkeley School of Journalism, the weekly podcast features in-depth, 30-minute interviews with law enforcement officials, policymakers, advocates, service providers, academics, and others. To read the full story, click here and for an upcoming schedule, click here.  Recent podcasts include:

Oracle President Safra Catz Gives Insider Perspective on Business Deals

Safra Catz

Oracle President Safra Catz visited Boalt this month to give an insider's look at the anatomy of a business deal. She spoke to law and business students about the role of the various players on the Oracle team, how the business strategy to implement the deal was determined and implemented, and how the deal relates to the global marketplace in which Oracle operates. The event was hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy.

Professor Emeritus and Prominent Scholar Thomas Barnes Dies at 79

Thomas Barnes, professor emeritus at Boalt Hall, died of complications resulting from a stroke on Tuesday, March 9. He was 79.  A prominent legal historian who specialized in English, French, American, and Canadian law and history, Barnes began teaching in UC Berkeley’s Department of History in 1960 and joined the law faculty in 1966. He retired from teaching in 2005.  Barnes authored or edited eight books, the last of which was Shaping the Common Law: From Glanvill to Hale, 1188–1688.  A 2008 publication, it features 15 essays by Barnes that explore how influential common-law jurists and documents such as the Magna Carta shaped common law from its origins in 12th-century England to its arrival in the American colonies. To read more about Professor Barnes, click here


Faculty In the News Herma Hill Kay Celebrates 50 Years of Teaching at Boalt

Women's Celebration

This year, Professor and former Dean Herma Hill Kay will celebrate the anniversary of her 50th year of teaching at Boalt Hall. She joined the Boalt faculty in 1960 and served as dean from 1992-2000. On April 30, Professor Kay will be recognized for all of her tremendous achievements as a teacher and legal scholar at the Women’s Celebration on April 30 at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco. Click here for more information and to register. 

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Ask the Archivist Was Boalt Rotated?

Q: I’ve heard that Boalt Hall was originally designed so that the Reading Room windows faced the bay, but that the building had to be rotated on its axis in order to fit on a smaller lot. Is that true?

A: Anyone who sees the expanse of library windows facing the frat houses across Bancroft Way, and then looks at the huge slab of windowless wall on the west side that turns a blind eye to the beautiful bay view, can understand how this legend got started. Continue reading.


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Upcoming Events

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 9: Black Legacy Reception in Berkeley
Please join LSAD and BJALP in celebrating past, present, and future Boalt students at the Black Legacy Reception, honoring LSAD and BJALP alumni and welcoming admitted students. The event will be held at the Bancroft Hotel on Friday, April 9, from 5:00-8:00 pm. Special thanks to Kirkland & Ellis for sponsoring this event. Please RSVP to Shelby Myers ’11 at

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.  Click here for more information.

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 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.

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 30: The Shriver Report - Impacts and Implications, San Francisco
The Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security presents a panel discussion with Ann O’Leary ’05, Karen Skelton ’92, Maria Echaveste ’80 and Mary Ann Mason, who will highlight the The Shriver Report's findings and then discuss policy and societal impacts. The discussion will take place from 4:00-5:30 pm at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco prior to the Women's Celebration. For more information, click here.

June 18-20: IABA Reunion, Zurich, Switzerland
This year’s reunion of the International Association of Boalt Alumni will take place June 18-20 in Zurich, Switzerland. Click here to see the invitation and click here for the reunion program. For more information and to RSVP, please email Paul Peyrot at

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

Career Corner

Thoughts on Strategic Volunteering

It’s routine for career counselors to advise job-seekers to volunteer while they are between jobs. There are many benefits to volunteering beyond helping worthy causes, including potentially auditioning for a paying job, acquiring new skills and networking. Following are a few tips and questions to ask yourself as part of being strategic about your volunteering, balancing doing good with taking practical steps to help your job search. Continue reading here.

Check out these upcoming career-foused events:

April 5: Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco. 5:30–6:30 p.m.

April 6: Winning Strategies for Managing Yor Career. Webinar Attorneys practicing in today’s legal landscape face important choices on how to structure their careers - whether it involves exploring a more stable career path, preparing to strike out on their own, or searching for a new job either inside or outside the legal field. The current economic instability has had an enormous effect on the legal field. But with the sound advice offered from the experts in this program, you can take control of your professional future and learn to manage and take advantage of all of the options available. More info here.

April 7: Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) Attorney Networking Reception
Welcome for new Executive Director Marci Rubin, Boalt ’73, Omni Hotel, 500 California Street, 2nd Floor, Union Square Room, San Francisco. 5:30– 8:30 p.m. RSVP here.

April 21: Contract Lawyering and Strategic Volunteering, Berkeley Law Alumni Career Services
Hosted by Reed Smith LLP, 101 Second Street, 18th floor, San Francisco, 6–7:30 p.m. 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 and strategies for contract work, volunteering and other activities for job-seekers. To RSVP, email here.

April 30: 300 Things You Can Do with a Law Degree, Free Webcast, San Francisco, Free
Featuring Hindi Greenberg, nationally known career consultant and author of the best selling The Lawyer’s Career Change Handbook. Sponsored by PLI and the State Bar of California.


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  • Wayne M. Barsky ’83
    Wayne M. Barsky was honored with the American Jewish Committee Los Angeles 30th Annual Learned Hand Award.  This prestigious award is the highest honor AJC bestows upon members of the legal profession who have been voices of understanding and good will.  Wayne is a partner in the Century City office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is National Co-Chairman of the firm’s 125-lawyer Intellectual Property Practice Group.  He has consistently been rated one of the top intellectual property legal specialist in the country.
  • Ana de Alba ’07
    Ana de Alba was appointed by the Board of Governors to the California State Bar Standing Committee for the Delivery of Legal Services ("SCDLS"). SCDLS identifies, develops, and supports improvement in the delivery of legal services (civil and criminal) to low-and moderate income individuals in California; serves as a resource to the Board of Governors on legal services issues and relevant legislation; develops and presents educational programs and materials to improve the delivery of legal services; maintains liaison relationships with other State Bar entities; and works to encourage and increase pro bono participation in California. Her appointment began on September 13, 2009 and will expire on the close of the 2012 State Bar Annual Meeting.
  • 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."
  • The Honorable Kelvin D. Filer '80
    The Honorable Kelvin D. Filer was honored on February 27, 2010 by the Compton Chamber of Commerce during Black History Month as one of the first African-Americans from the City of Compton to be appointed to the position of LA Superior Court Judge.
  • Sonia M. Gonzales ’07
    Sonia M. Gonzales is the new Managing Director for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, Sonia was the Assistant Director of the ACLU of Northern California. As a member of the senior management team, she partnered with the Executive Director in managing operations of the nation's largest ACLU affiliate. Her legal experience includes positions at Morrison & Foerster LLP, National ACLU Immigrants Rights Project, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Christina G. Hioureas ’07
    Christina G. Hioureas has joined the Public International Law Practice Group of Latham and Watkins in London. The group represents sovereign States, international organizations and private entities in disputes and advisory transactional matters relating to every continent and region of the world. Christina is engaged in advising clients on overseas investments, land boundaries and international human rights before tribunals including the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the European Court of Human Rights and the UNCITRAL tribunal.

  • James McManis '67
    James McManis, a name partner at McManis Faulkner and Boalt Hall Alumni Association Board President, has been chosen for inclusion in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition 2010. Head of 35-year-old McManis Faulkner, McManis also was named a 2009 Northern California Super Lawyer. He has represented many Silicon Valley companies with regard to commercial, trade secret and intellectual property issues and also represents individuals in civil rights actions, employment disputes and criminal defense.

  • Donald J. Morgan '60
    Donald J. Morgan passed away on December 28, 2009. Donald returned to Portland after graduation from Boalt and worked for the Law Firm of Wood, Wood, Tanum, Moser, Brooks and Holden from 1965 until his retirement in 1988. He led a joyful life with his college sweetheart, Connie, to whom he was married for over 50 years. Donald is survived by his wife, daughters, son and grandchildren.
  • Julia C. Nienhaus ’04
    Julia C. Nienhaus has taken a position as legal counsel for structured and project financing at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. She enjoys working with this international institution and would love to meet up with fellow alumni who happen to stop by in Luxembourg.
  • Diana L. Powell ’80
    Diana L. Powell has been named to the 2010 edition of Colorado Super Lawyers. As vice president and shareholder in the law firm of Gutterman Griffiths PC, Diana's primary focus is on high asset, high conflict divorce representation. She also has experience as lead counsel to buyers and sellers in over 100 merger and acquisition transactions, ranging from $1 million to $150 million.
  • The Honorable Reynato S. Puno ’68
    The Honorable Reynato S. Puno, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, is this year's Haas International Award winner. He will be presented with the award at the 2010 Commencement Convocation on May 16 at the Greek Theatre.
  • Willis S. Slusser '41
    Willis S. Slusser passed away on February 28, 2009. He was 93. A long-standing supporter of the law school, he had an exemplary and distinguished career, and was extraordinarily generous in his support of the University and of Boalt Hall.
  • Lee H. Storey ’87
    Lee H. Storey, a partner in the Litigation Department of Ballard Spahr, has been named to the advisory board of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) at Stanford University. The center’s research institute sponsors fellowship programs, seminar series, conferences, and other activities focusing on race and ethnicity dynamics in human relations. Lee practices in Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office. She is a member of the firm’s Climate Change and Sustainability, Environment, and P3/Infrastructure Groups and leads the Water Rights Group.
  • Allison M. Woodall ’95
    Allison M. Woodall, a San Francisco-based partner in the Hanson Bridgett LLP’s Labor & Employment Section, was named Managing Counsel of the Labor, Employment and Benefits Group in the Office of the General Counsel at the University of California. As Managing Counsel, Allison will manage the attorneys in the labor, employment and benefits group and provide advice and counsel to senior management on complex labor and employment matters.

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