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February 2011 
Justice Sotomayor Presides Over McBaine Finals Before Big Crowd

Moot Court Finals

Before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 2,000 spectators packed inside Zellerbach Hall Feb 2, Thomas Frampton '12 won Boalt's annual James Patterson McBaine Honors Moot Court Competition.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one of three judges presiding over the final round, revealed that Frampton won by a "thin, thin slice" over runner-up Edward Piper '12. "I do moot courts because every once in a while I need an injection of hope," Sotomayor said after the hour-long argument. "When I see performances like the ones you gave today, I have so much hope for our profession."

Sotomayor was on campus two days last week  meeting with law students and alumni. She also visited a local elementary school in Berkeley. Justice Stephen Breyer was the last member of the Supreme Court to preside over the Moot Court finals in 2009.

Read the full story and see photos of the competition here and photos of the post-event dinner with Sotomayor here

Michael Halloran '65, Zoe Savitsky '11 and Herma Hill Kay help honor scholarship supporters

Student financial aid recipients enjoyed the Law School's annual luncheon with the donors and friends of their named awards. 


Along with the Boalt Hall Alumni Association Board of Directors, guests included Michael '65 and Gigi Halloran who established a scholarship in support of students interested in careers in securities, corporate, and banking law. Zoey Zavistsky '11, a recipient of the Herma Hilly Kay Fellowship and the William K. Coblentz Civil Rights Fellowship, and former Dean and Professor Herma Hill Kay, also made remarks. Click here for a slide show of photos from the event.


To make a contribution toward financial aid, click here.  

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Crowell & Moring Establishes an Endowment for Moot Court Award

Greg Call

The international law firm Crowell & Moring LLP has established a "Best Brief Award" to be given each year to two law students who author the top briefs in the school's James Patterson McBaine Honors Competition.

Gregory Call '85, partner and head of Crowell & Moring's San Francisco office and Northern California chair of its Litigation Group, called the McBaine Competition "one of the most highly regarded moot court competitions in the country."  

The award was created through a $125,000 endowment, generated by donations from Boalt alumni who work at Crowell & Moring, and will be underwritten at a commitment of $25,000 a year over five years."This endowment will help guarantee that the McBaine Competition continues to be one of the leading appellate advocacy competitions in the United States," said professor David Oppenheimer, director of professional skills at Boalt. "It provides our students with valuable, practical experience and instruction from leading appellate advocates."


Naming Opportunities for the New Building
South Addition

The "South Addition" will debut later this spring.  Highlights of the pavilion include an expansive roof-deck garden, student commons and café, and sky bridges to the existing building.Opportunities are available to name these areas and some of the featured areas of the new building.For more information, contact Robert Sproul at 510.643.8170  or rsproul@law.berkeley.edu .  You can take a virtual tour of the pavilion here

Gifts Matched for Grads 2006 to 2011

Alumni and students in classes 2006 through 2011 can have their gifts matched 1:1 by the UC Berkeley Foundation.Contributions can be designated to any of Boalt Hall's funds and the matching offer ends June 30. Please act now, as only a limited amount of matching money is available to UC Berkeley grads. Learn more and make your gift here.  

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Boutique Law Firm Fair with Students on March 2


Many students are interested in working in firms with fewer (sometimes much fewer) than 50 attorneys, but it can be difficult to convey the range of practices and settings without in-person conversations. This table talk event will afford students and boutique law firms the chance to learn more and exchange information. It will be held on March 2 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Boalt Hall.  To learn how your firm can participate, please contact Sarah Cunniff in the Career Development Office at (510) 643-3161 or  scunniff@law.berkeley.edu

Steve Bochner '81 and Eric Talley Discuss Regulatory Reform on March 11

Talley  BochnerThe Berkeley Business Law Journal (BBLJ) and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) host the symposium "Financial Regulatory Reform: Dodd-Frank and Beyond" on March 11 in Berkeley. Joining Professor Eric Talley and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati CEO Steve Bochner is keynote speaker William S. Haraf, State Banking Supervisory Representative of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and Commissioner for the California Department of Financial Institutions. More information is online  here.
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Edwin Lee '78 Becomes First Asian-American Mayor of S.F

Edwin Lee '78Edwin Lee '78 became San Francisco's first Asian-American leader on January 11, when he was sworn in as interim mayor.

The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to appoint Lee-a city employee for more than 20 years and City Administrator since 2005-to fill the remainder of Mayor Gavin Newsom's term until next January. Newsom was sworn in a day earlier as California's lieutenant governor.

Following the vote, Lee took the oath of office in City Hall before a crowded gathering of family members, current and former city leaders and supporters, and members of the Chinese-American community.
David Louie '77 Nominated to be Hawaii's Next Attorney General

David Louie

David Louie '77 has been nominated by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie to become the state's next attorney general. A trial lawyer and managing partner at the Honolulu law firm of Roeca Louie & Hiraoka, Louie has held leadership positions with several Hawaii legal organizations. He served as president, vice-president, and director of the Hawaii State Bar Association, and as vice-president, secretary-treasurer, and director of the Hawaii Defense Lawyers Association.

Dave Frohnmayer '67 Honored by California Law Review

The California Law Review (CLR) has chosen Dave Frohnmayer '67 as its Alumnus of the Year. He will be honored at CLR's annual banquet on April 14. Frohnmayer was President of the University of Oregon from 1994-2009 and previously was dean of its law school, where he remains on the faculty. A national prize-winning author on the U.S. Constitution, Frohnmayer has also served as Oregon's Attorney General and was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. As attorney general, he argued and won six of seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court-the most cases and best record of any contemporary state attorney general.

Nominations requested for the alumni board and awards

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.


Please also consider nominating Law School superstars for the annual Citation, Faculty Lifetime Achievement, and Young Alumni Awards.  Nominations can be made online here and recipients will be recognized at the 50thAnnual Citation Award Dinner on September 30, 2011.  

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Former Michigan Gov. Granholm to Teach at Boalt 

Jennifer GranholmMichigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her husband, Daniel Mulhern, will teach interdisciplinary courses on energy, leadership, state budgets and the economy at UC Berkeley's schools of law, business and public policy. The academic appointments begin this semester.

Granholm, a Democrat, recently completed two terms as Michigan's first woman governor, leading the state through a brutal economic downturn resulting from a meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sector. Granholm diversified the state's economy, helped to strengthen its auto industry, and added new sectors such as clean energy to its economic portfolio. Part of the governor's economic strategy was to help guide Michigan's transformation from "rustbelt to greenbelt."

"We are simply delighted that a governor of this caliber and expertise with such a strong legacy has agreed to teach here," said Dean Christopher Edley. "We teach our students how to apply their studies to solve the most intractable real world problems. Governor Granholm is a role model in this arena. She's a distinguished policy expert who's charted a new course for Michigan through hard work and innovation."
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Film on Cáitrín McKiernan '11 Premiered in Santa Barbara  

"Bringing King to China," a feature-length documentary about Cáitrín McKiernan '11 and her effort to achieve cultural connections through the messages of Martin Luther King, Jr., was selected by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Directed by her father, longtime filmmaker Kevin McKiernan, the movie premiered Jan. 30 at the 650-seat Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, and  shown again Feb. 2 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler also worked extensively on the film.

Read more here.

ELQ Race Judicata 2011  

Dig out your running shoes. The annual Race Judicata is coming up March 5th. Sponsored by the Ecology Law Quarterly, the race is a 5K or 10K race around the UC Berkeley campus. The event raises funds for environmental law summer fellowships supporting unpaid summer public interest and public sector positions. Come join the fun and run for a worthy cause. Register here.

ELQ's 40th Anniversary Banquet     

ELQ's 40th Anniversary Banquet will take place on April 7, at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park. In honor of our anniversary, we will be celebrating the establishment of ELQ's environmental diversity scholarship. In addition, ELQ will be congratulating the newly elected 2011-2012 board, granting three student writing awards and handing out this year's Environmental Leadership Award at the banquet. For more information and tickets, click here. Directions to the event are available here.
Class of 2011 Campaign Underway!

Graduating students have a unique opportunity to have their gifts matched 1:1 by the UCB Foundation. Contributions can be designated to a variety of student organizations and journals. Just indicate your preference when making your gift online.

For information about the Class of 2011 Campaign, or to make your donation, please click here.
archivistAsk the Archivist 
School Spirit 

Q. When the excavation for the new building started, a bunch of us joked that they would probably unearth an ancient Indian burial ground and the whole project would be scuttled. Did they find anything interesting during the dig?
- DR, Berkeley


A. No ancient Indian burial grounds. No hidden pirate treasure. No golden tablets with the universal key to the bar exam. But the construction crew has reported a rather startling and unsettling phenomenon. Read more


In this Issue
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eventsUpcoming Events
February 17, Boalt Alums from ALPAC Discuss Their Career Paths, Boalt Hall, 12:45 p.m. More information here.

March 5, Race Judicata, Berkeley. More information here.

April 7, Ecology Law Quarterly 40th Anniversary Banquet, Berkeley. Details here.

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

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

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.



The CDO is seeking alums working as management consultants as contacts for students/alums considering careers in that area.  Please contact us if you are willing to do an informational interview or quick mentoring.


Sample B-Line Job Board Postings for Alums:


Privacy Counsel, Salesforce, San Francisco, CA.  See b-Line job ID  #9186


Food Safety Attorney, Public Justice, Oakland, CA. See b-Line job ID #9172


Junior Associate and Senior Associate position with 25-lawyer civil trial firm, San Francisco, CA.  See b-Line job ID #9187

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   

The first "Accountability Group'' for alums considering or working toward career changes has been launched. Contact Alumni Career Services about joining that group or another, or to ask questions.       

Check out these upcoming career-focused events:  

Monday, March 14th 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Starting Your Own Law Practicefeaturing several Boalt alums as panelists.Room 145 Boalt Hall.


News and Updates: 
Despite the tough legal job market, Boalt alums are persisting in finding great jobs. See "Success Stories" posted on the Career Corner website.

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.

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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.
  • Gary Cohen '74
    Gary Cohen, the Senior Corporate and Finance Partner at Sidley Austin, LLP - Los Angeles, has been named as special business counsel to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.
  • Chandra Garry '04
    Chandra Garry '04 is joining Miller Nash LLP in the Seattle office where she will be a patent attorney in Miller Nash's intellectual property practice group. Garry will counsel clients in all aspects of patent law, ranging from patent procurement and strategic business counseling to patent litigation.
  • John Hartenstein '91
    John Hartenstein, a San Francisco public finance lawyer and chair of the school finance and general obligation bonds group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, died January 30 at his home in Berkeley. He was 52. John is survived by his daughter, Meena.
  • Jamie Jacobs-May '74
    Honorable Jamie Jacobs-May (Ret.) has joined Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS) as a mediator, arbitrator, and discovery master. Hon. Jacobs-May is joining the company with more than 20 years of judicial experience and with the title of 2010 Santa Clara County "Outstanding Jurist of the Year."
  • Brandon Mark '03
    Brandon Mark has been named shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer's Litigation, Intellectual Property and Real Estate departments. Brandon has represented clients in state and federal trial courts around the country and before the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. His practice focuses on commercial disputes, mass torts and the enforcement of intellectual property rights.     
  • Kevin Quinn '88
    Reverend Kevin P. Quinn has been appointed to be the 25th president of the University of Scranton. Prior to the appointment, Quinn was a Jesuit professor of law specializing in health care ethics at Santa Clara University. Rev. Quinn also taught law at Georgetown for 16 years. Quinn will assume his new duties as president on July 1, 2011.
  • Indira Talwani '88
    Indira Talwani has been selected as one of the Lawyers of the Year 2010 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The publication recognizes Indira's on-going case against Fidelity Investments in which she is applying whistleblower protection to workers in the mutual fund industry. Indira is currently a partner at Segal Roitman where she specializes in federal and state court litigation.
  • Alicia Vaz '01
    Alicia Vaz has been named partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP, in the Los Angeles office. Vaz started at the firm as a summer associate in 2000, and now represents clients in high-level litigation and appellate matters. To read more, go to http://bit.ly/e6gbSs.
  • Holly Fujie '78 and Aime Mandel '73

    Boalt Hall Alumni Association Board Presid Holly Fujie met up with International Association of Boalt Alumni President Aime Mandel on a recent trip to Paris.Holly Fujie and Aime Mandel