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December 2010

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Happy Holidays from Boalt Hall!

During this season of giving, please consider making a year-end contribution to help Boalt Hall remain the nation's #1 public law school.  Click here to make your gift online.

  • For grads and students in classes 2006-2011, gifts are matched 1:1 by some of the trustees of the UCB Foundation.
  • For grads in classes ending in 0s and 5s, gifts made on or before December 31 will count toward your reunion gift campaign.
  • For donors 70.5 and over, please consider a charitable IRA rollover gift for this year and through December 2011. For more information, please contact Kevin Crilly, UC Berkeley Director of Gift Planning, at 510-642-6300 or kcrilly@berkeley.edu

campaignCampaign for Boalt Hall
Annual Philanthropy Report Now Online

Annual Report CoverThe 2010 Fiscal Year Report of Philanthropy is now online here. This year, in addition to a listing of all our donors, it is chock full of graphs and charts to help you understand the financial situation at the law school. Thank you to everyone who gives so generously to support our mission at Berkeley Law.

2010 Reunion Campaign

The classes of 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, 1965, 1960, 1955 & 1950 have raised $1.5 million so far this year for their reunion campaign. Thank you to all those alumni who have participated as committee members, event attendees, and donors. We have enjoyed this year of anniversary celebrations with all of you. If you are a member of these classes and haven't yet made your gift, please do so online here! The end of the year provides a fantastic opportunity to give - or give again - and there are less than three weeks to go!

2011 Reunion Campaign

Dean Edley and the Boalt Hall Alumni Center are thrilled to announce that Noel Nellis '66 has graciously agreed to serve as National Co-Chair of next year's reunion campaign for those alumni who graduated in classes ending in 1 and 6. Mr. Nellis's lifetime commitment to Boalt, his esteemed career, and his many interests and endeavors make him perfectly suited to spearhead next year's campaign efforts and galvanize the support of his fellow alumni. Please join us in warmly welcoming Mr. Nellis to the 2011 Reunion Campaign and thanking him for his service.

Our reunion class committees are beginning to fill up and we can already tell it's going to be a great campaign!  If you graduated in a year ending in 1 or 6 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. We welcome your participation and look forward to working with you.

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UC Regents Increase Graduate Student Fees


On November 18, the UC Regents voted to raise fees for graduate students in more than 40 professional degree programs, including law. Starting in 2011-12, Boalt students will see a 12-percent increase in their registration and education fees.

The law school also plans to use new professional degree fee funds to expand its Loan Repayment Assistance Program offerings and financial aid program, fund new faculty, pay debt service on new construction and renovations to the law school complex, and expand public interest and public service career programs.

Faced with a $1 billion budget gap, the regents also approved an 8-percent tuition and fee increase for all UC undergraduates while expanding financial aid for low- and middle-income California students. The fee increases are expected to generate almost $116 million annually for the university's operating budget after a portion of the increase is dedicated to financial aid.

UC will ask the state to increase its 2011-12 budget amount by $596 million over the current fiscal year's $2.9 billion allocation. Regents said raising fees was needed to help bridge a billion-dollar UC system budget gap, especially with state funding down more than 10 percent despite steadily rising enrollment and operating costs.

Sponsors Wanted for 1L Written and Oral Advocacy Course

Sponsorship opportunities are available for our First Year Written & Oral Advocacy Course. We are looking for 12 law firms to act as sponsors for our 12 sections of Boalt's first year spring skills course--Written & Oral Advocacy (WOA). Each firm will be paired with a government law office or public interest group to sponsor a WOA section. Each section has 23-24 first year students.

Sponsors will be asked to mentor the students as they write, and prepare to argue, their first substantial legal argument. We'll be asking each sponsoring firm to host a reception for the students, give the students a chance to practice their arguments with a mentoring attorney, and help supply attorneys to hear the oral arguments here at Boalt. The course meets from mid-January to mid-April, with oral arguments scheduled for late March - mid-April.

We ask each sponsor to donate $10,000 to Boalt to help us offset the costs of our growing professional skills program.

We hope that this will be attractive to Bay Area law firms, as an opportunity to help mentor students, to help support the growth of professional skills at Boalt, and as a chance to get to know some of our first year students outside the traditional recruitment process.

To discuss this opportunity, please contact Professor David Oppenheimer, Director of Professional Skills, at 510-643-3225 or doppenheimer@law.berkeley.edu.

Video: Dean's Boalt Hall Update

Dean's Video ImageFor the first time, Dean Edley provided one of his periodic updates via video instead of a letter. It allowed for a more personal delivery and enabled him to include comments from faculty members involved in some of school's most exciting scholarship.


The video focuses on recent advancements in four programmatic areas: business law, international law, environmental law, and law and technology. Representing these fields are:

  • Eric Talley, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor of Law; Co-director, Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy
  • Richard Buxbaum, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of International Law
  • Steve Weissman, Lecturer in Residence; Director, Energy and Cleantech Program
  • Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Watch the video here: www.law.berkeley.edu/9890.htm

CLEE Hosts Government of Japan Delegation on Water Transfers

The Berkeley Center for Law on Energy and the Environment hosted a delegation of three officials from the Government of Japan who are researching the use of water transfers in California. The Japanese delegation was headed by Ryosuke Oka of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT), and included experts from the academic and private sector in the fields of water and irrigation engineering. The California water academics responding to their Japanese colleagues included Stanford law professor Buzz Thompson, UC Hastings law professsor Brian Gray, and Berkeley's lecturer in water resources Tony Rossmann. The delegation's week-long visit to California was coordinated by Professor Mitsuo Matsumoto of Kochi University, who is a visiting scholar at Berkeley Law.

alumnewsAlumni News
2010 Grads Sworn-in at Boalt

Swearing In 2010

More than 150 recent grads were sworn in to the
California State Bar by Boalt Hall Alumni Association President-Elect Judge Chuck Breyer '66. Current BHAA President Holly Fujie '78 and Professor Eric Talley helped officiate, and Judges Thelton Henderson '62 and Willy Fletcher presided over oaths to the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals. Click here to view photos from the event.

Berkeley Alumni Team Receives International Debate Silver Medal

A four-person UC Berkeley alumni team, two of whom graduated from Berkeley Law, recently won the silver medal at the American Universities Debating Tournament in Paris. Held inside the Grand Palais, the competition featured teams from alumni clubs of universities across the United States.

Kerstin Carlson '01 had a particularly memorable event. First, she won the best speaker award in the quarterfinal round, when Berkeley Law defeated a team from American University. Two nights later during the finals, she was again named best speaker--and soon after delivered her second child, a daughter named Noemie Niamh. Read more here.


Nominations for the Alumni Association's Board of Directors

Click here to nominate yourself or a fellow graduate for the Boalt Hall Alumni Association's Board of Directors. Members serve a three-year term and assist the law school with fundraising and alumni programs. Nominations are ongoing, and candidates will begin their term on July 1.

Celebrating Alumni and Faculty Achievements

Elizabeth Cabraser '78. Larry Sonsini '66. Kathryn Werdegar '62. Jesse Choper. Mallun Yen '95.  What do these alums and faculty members have in common?  All have been recognized with honors from the Boalt Hall Alumni Association. Please consider nominating law school superstars for the annual BHAA Citation, Faculty Lifetime Achievement, and Young Alumni Awards.  Nominations can be made online here, and recipients will be recognized at the 50th Annual Citation Award Dinner on September 30, 2011.

facultynewsFaculty News
Melissa Murray Wins National Scholarly Papers Competition

Melissa MurrayBerkeley Law Assistant Professor Melissa Murray is the co-winner of the 26th annual Association of American Law School (AALS) Scholarly Papers Competition. She shares this year's award with Ashira Ostrow, an associate professor at Hofstra Law School.

The competition is open nationally to law professors who have been teaching for five years or fewer. A committee of established scholars reviews the submitted papers-which reflect original research or major developments in previously reported research-with the authors' identities concealed.

Murray was honored for "Marriage as Punishment," which she will present in January at the AALS annual meeting in San Francisco. It was one of more than 100 scholarly works submitted for this year's competition. Read more here.

studentsStudent Corner
January 27, Class of 2011 Student Campaign Party, Bancroft Hotel

Party logoBoalt Hall's graduating student campaign has a long history of strong giving participation, and the program is one of the most respected in the nation. Students interested in volunteering for the campaign committee should contact Summer Staino at sstaino@law.berkeley.edu.

The Boalt Hall Alumni Association will host the official kickoff of the campaign at a party for students on Thursday, January 27, at the Bancroft Hotel.

As students consider their participation, please note that gifts will be matched 1:1 by some of the trustees of the UCB Foundation. Gifts can be made as one-time contributions or multi-year pledges; and among other areas, may be directed to any Boalt student organization, journal, clinic or center. Just click here to learn more and make your gift.

The Graduating Class Gift Campaign is an important tradition, and the law school hopes that students will be inspired by their education and experience and will strive for 100% giving participation.

Fourth Annual Dale Minami Boalt Alumni Fellowship Dinner, Jan. 28

Boalt Hall's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) will host its fourth annual Dale Minami Fellowship Dinner January 28, 2011, at the Far East Café on 631 Grant Avenue in San Francisco. A cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7. Tickets cost $100 each, $50 for non-profit organization employees, and can be purchased online here.

Holly Fujie '78 will receive APALSA's Alumni of the Year Award at the dinner, which also helps endow the Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship. The fellowship provides financial support to outstanding individuals who commit to serving the public interest, and the 2011 recipient will be honored at the event.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please e-mail minamifellowship@gmail.com or call (703) 380-5691.

archivistAsk the Archivist
Decking Boalt's Halls

Q. Your column about Boalt Christmas carols reminded me of another old tradition. Does the law school still put on the annual Christmas Show?
- CSF, Orlando, FL

A. Alas, the traditional ChrisHanuKwanPanchaBodhiSadeh Show no longer celebrates the season when the Light of Learning vanquishes the darkening mind of the law student. But memories linger long in the Law School Archives. For the echoing sounds of that ancient holiday ritual, click here.

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eventsUpcoming Events

January 5, Reception for Alumni, Faculty and Students, San Francisco.  This event is expected to reach capacity and advance RSVP is requested.

January 28, Fourth Annual Dale Minami Fellowship Dinner honoring Holly Fujie '78, San Francisco

February 2, McBaine Moot Court Competition featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Berkeley.  Save the date!

February 3, "The Economy, Real Estate, and Investments - From Uncertainty to Opportunity" talk for Boalt+Haas alumni, Los Angeles

April 9, Charter Gala honoring Cloey Hewlett '79, San Francisco.  Save the date!

April 14, California Law Review Annual Alumni and Student Banquet, Berkeley.  Save the date!

June 17-19, Annual Reunion of International Alumni, London.  For information contact Ana Penteado LL.M. '97 penteado.ana2008@gmail.com
careerCareer Corner

Support for your career development doesn't end with graduation. The Career Development Office provides resources for alums, including access to the b-Line jobs database and individualized confidential career counseling: resume review, job search strategies, career exploration (including careers outside of law practice), and more. See the Alumni Resources page on the CDO website.


B-Line Job Board Postings for Alums:

Associate Deputy Public Defender, Alameda County, Oakland

Chief Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel, Orbis Investment Management (U.S.), LLC, San Francisco, CA

Associate Director of Programs, American Constitution Society, Washington, DC

Staff Counsel, California Senate Judiciary Committee, Sacramento, CA

Trial Attorney (Civil Rights), E.E.O.C., San Francisco, CA

Access b-Line from the CDO website for more details and additional listings. Email career@law.berkeley.edu for a password. And if your organization or firm is hiring please let us know!

Professional Development Pods - Forming Now

Meet with peers to help with accountability for working on your 2011 career plans. Contact Alumni Career Services to express interest and ask questions. 

Check out these upcoming career-focused events:

Housing Negotiation Training Project (Free CLE training and volunteer opportunity)

January 11, 2011, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., BASF Conference Center, San Francisco.

News and Updates:

Congratulations to the summer 2010 State Bar passers! 

connectionsOnline Alumni Networks


All law school graduates are invited to join AlumNetwork. Just email alumni@law.berkeley.edu for your security ID, then visit AlumNetwork here to activate your profile. The online community includes: a directory of alumni, Class Notes, your own personal profile, alumni/ae profiles, events and registration, and more....

And be sure to join our other groups: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. LinkedIn is a great resource for referrals, job listings and career development advice from Robert White, Boalt's director of alumni career services.

notesClass Notes
Keep your fellow alums up-to-date with your important life changes by submitting a Class Note. To submit a class note, you will need to use your AlumNetwork ID and password. If you do not have your ID, email alumni@law.berkeley.edu. We'll publish your news on the web and/or the alumni magazine, Transcript. You can also browse current class notes here.
  • Michael Bracamontes '05
    Michael Bracamontes opened a plaintiff's side civil litigation law office in October 2008. Most recently, he and his business partner, Ryan Vlasak, were named 2010 Attorneys of the Year by the Aids Legal Referral Panel. You can check out their website at www.bvlawsf.com.
  • Shannon (King) Cogan '01
    Shannon (King) Cogan recently accepted a position at the County of Santa Clara as Deputy County Counsel. Shannon previously was employed at Berliner Cohen as an associate. "After almost nine years in private practice as a civil litigator, I was ready for a change. My current assignments with the County are to advise the property tax Assessment Appeals Board and represent the Public Guardian in conservatorship proceedings and financial elder abuse litigation."
  • Hector Huezo '08
    Hector Huezo received the Department of Transportation, Office of the General Counsel's Rising Star Award; General Counsel's Team Award; and the Secretary of Transportation's Partnering for Excellence Team Award.
  • Andrew Dufresne '10
    Andrew Dufresne is joining Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, in the Madison office. Dr. Dufrense will join the firm as a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group where his practice will focus on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
  • Kelvin Filer '80
    Kelvin Filer writes, "I am about to publish my first book of poetry, Race Ipsa Loquitur: A Poetic Diary of My Journey from Compton to the Los Angeles Superior Court Bench. It is basically a poetic diary, and Chapter 2, 'The Scales of Just-Us,' deals exclusively with my experiences as a first-year Law Student at Boalt in 1978!"
  • Chengwei Liu '10
    Chengwei Liu writes, "My new book Chinese Capital Market Takeover and Restructuring Guide was just published online by Kluwer Law International
    and is available


  • Michael Hartmann '79
    Michael Hartmann writes, "Hello! From UN to USAID, and from Afghanistan to Indonesia. After nine years in Pakistan, Bosnia and Kosovo, followed by five years in Afghanistan, mostly with the UN, I've taken a post-conflict zone break by moving to Jakarta and joining the USAID C4J rule of law project, as its Advisor to the Attorney General's Office of Indonesia. I will be here for a year, starting July 2010, working with Indonesian counterparts to assist the AGO on reform, including ethics, bureaucratic organization and business processes, training management and development, and uniformity in investigation, charging and sentencing.

    I hope to find the time to design a research and writing project on rule of law, impunity, and peacekeeping lessons not learned. I aim to focus on criminal law and justice reform efforts, and how combating impunity is necessary, as is effective consensus-based assistance to police, prosecution, civil society (esp. media and NGOs), and the courts. Hope to find a fellowship or teaching post in the future to return to the US after 15 years!

    I welcome inquiries (on Indonesia or Afghan RoL or peacekeeping), and visitors to Jakarta, and can be reached at intprosecutor@yahoo.com."
  • Laura Trejo '86
    Laura Trejo was awarded the 2010 Damon Whitehead Community or Charitable Volunteer Service Award from the Department of Transportation, Office of the General Counsel.
  • Joshua Daniels '08
    Josh Daniels was elected into the school board in Berkeley where he plans to support effectiveness in the classroom and in intervention and enrichment programs, ensure efficient use of resources, and advocate for open and transparent decision-making.
  • Stephanie Skaff '95
    Stephanie P. Skaff currently a partner at Farella Braun + Martel, was elected secretary of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF). Her service as secretary will begin what is traditionally a four-year tracked board commitment, during which she will be subsequently nominated for the officer roles of treasurer (2012), president-elect (2013) and president (2014). To read more, visit: http://bit.ly/eIHvhc