Boalt Alumni Celebrate Alumni Weekend
Over 300 celebrants gathered at the Palace Hotel on September 30 to honor the 2011 Citation Award recipients: Jess S. Jackson '55 (1930 - 2011), E. Patricia Herron '64, and Mitchell Zuklie '96 (Young Alumnus Award), Kathleen Vanden Heuvel '86 (Faculty Achievement Award), and Richard Buxbaum '53 for 50 years of teaching. The evening featured both silent and live auctions and guests enjoyed a video that kicked off Boalt's Centennial year!
The next day, alumni returned to Boalt for a day of activities in the beautiful new building and renovated spaces. Panel discussions ranged from globalization to public service to energy and job growth in California to business law and privacy, with prominent panelists including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee '78 and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. A mid-day sellout was the luncheon honoring D. Lowell & Barbara Jensen Awardee Penny Cooper '64 for achievement in public service.
In the evening, the classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 mingled and reminisced over cocktails and dinner at the Claremont Hotel, closing out another memorable Alumni Weekend!
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Citation Award Dinner
Save the Date for Special Centennial Activities
Berkeley Law's Centennial Year is officially underway. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, mark your calendars now for these exciting festivities.
Special Political Debate, September 28
Alumni Reunion Day, September 29
Centennial Citation Award Dinner Gala,
November 9 or 10
Reunion Class Campaigns Update
The 10 classes ending in 1 or 6 are on the way to upstaging past reunions in giving back to Boalt. Overall, the reunion giving participation rate is over 14 percent. To date, the Class of '61 has raised over $300,000 to endow a scholarship award for students with substantial financial need, and the Class of '96 is raising $200,000 to name a classroom as their legacy gift.
Don't let your class be left out - be in at the beginning of Boalt's second 100 years. Contact your Reunion Class Liaison, Fran Davis at (510)642-3473 or [email protected] to participate in your class gift campaign before December 31.
Recap: Shanghai Biotech Forum
Dean Edley delivered a keynote address titled "Considerations for International Biotech: Ethics, IP, Investments, Risk" to the Berkeley Shanghai Biotech Forum 2011 on November 12. He joined in panel discussions with local industry leaders and key Berkeley faculty members, exploring cutting-edge topics such as investments, risk, intellectual property, health care, synthetic biology, the global market for exoskeletons, and possible collaborations for law and business programs in the future.
Remembering I. Michael Heyman
Ira Michael Heyman, chancellor of UC Berkeley from 1980 to 1990 and professor emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Law and in the Department of City & Regional Planning, has died. He was 81.
Heyman died at his home on Saturday, Nov. 19, after a long battle with emphysema.
"Mike Heyman was a great and inspiring leader whose vision helped shape the future of the Berkeley campus," said Chancellor Robert Birgeneau in a message sent out to the campus community. "Simply, he believed that Berkeley should be second to none, and open to all, a vision that is today continued through our motto of Access and Excellence. His significant contributions to public service not only guided and strengthened Berkeley, but have served the State of California and the nation."
Dean Edley wrote to the Boalt community, "Mike taught property for us up until just a few years ago, and was one of the best and most important leaders Berkeley has ever had. I am so very thankful that we were able to name the newly renovated West Terrace in his honor two years ago, and then just recently complete raising money for the I. Michael Heyman Professorship. Another Boalt professor, Mark Yudof, who just happens to be President of the University, recently awarded Mike the UC President's Medal."
Heyman is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; and a son, James Heyman.
Three Alumni Nominated to Federal Court Bench
Judge Evan Jonathan Wallach '76 was nominated by President Obama and confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 8. He is currently serving on the U.S. Court of International Trade and previously was general counsel and public policy advisor to Nevada Senator Harry Reid and attorney-advisor to the Nevada Army National Guard. Wallach served in the Vietnam War from 1970-71 and received a Bronze Star Medal.
Miranda Du '94 has been nominated to the U.S. District Court of Nevada. She is currently a partner at McDonald Carano Wilson in Reno, specializing in complex civil litigation and employment law. Du is a refugee of Vietnam who came to the U.S. at the age of nine. She would be the first Asian Pacific American federal judge in Nevada history, if confirmed.
Michael Fitzgerald '85 also has been nominated as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. A name partner at Corbin, Fitzgerald & Athey LLP in Los Angeles, Fitzgerald works on civil and criminal litigation matters in federal and state courts. Fitzgerald served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles.
Alum Awarded Shanghai's Magnolia Silver Award
Tom Klitgaard '61 recieved the Magnolia Silver Award, one of the highest awards the Shanghai, China Municipal Government bestows on a foreigner. The award recognizes Klitgaard's "valuable support to Shanghai's development and outstanding contributions to [our] friendly cooperation." Among the 46 award recipients from 19 countries, Klitgaard was one of only six Americans and the only attorney. Currently, he is a partner at Dillingham & Murphy, with a practice in intellectual property and commercial litigation, and an international arbitrator and mediator with an emphasis on Asia.
"I am deeply humbled by the Award and its significance," said Klitgaard. "My designation was Guest Professor, Shanghai Economic College. I operated the beginning and end stages of an important business management training program with the College and other Shanghai educational institutions for specially selected upcoming Chinese managers."
Lemkin's EchoSign Acquired by Adobe Systems
Co-founded by Jason Lemkin '96, EchoSign is a leading e-signature and contract management service. "With nothing to download, learn or install, there is simply no faster or more secure way for organizations to sign, track or file contracts - and close more business quickly," says Lemkin. This year the company was bought by Adobe Systems. It will be a key component of Adobe's document exchange services platform for universal access, review and approval.
Lemkin's previous startups include NanoGram Devices and BabyCenter.com, now a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. "I consider myself an entrepreneur," Lemkin says. "It's such a great feeling to think of new ideas and see them come to fruition."
Laurel Fletcher to Lead International Journal
Laurel Fletcher, director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, has been named Co-Editor in Chief of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Transitional Justice. Berkeley Law will serve as a sponsoring institution for the journal, published three times a year by Oxford University Press; the co-sponsor is the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa. Fletcher seeks to bring prominent scholars and practitioners to the law school to engage with students and faculty, host topical workshops and symposia, and help establish Berkeley Law as a leader in transitional justice.
Henry Hecht Elected to Practice Board
Longtime Berkeley Law lecturer Henry Hecht has been elected as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors for the Practice Board of the U.S. District Court for Northern California.The Practice Board organizes and presents continuing legal education programs for practitioners throughout the district. Hecht, who joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 1983, teaches courses on depositions, interviewing, and negotiations. He is also an independent consultant on skills training for lawyers and co-founder of The Hecht Training Group, a coalition of attorneys who have each taught lawyering skills for more than 20 years.
Jonathan Stein '13 Named UC Student Regent
Berkeley Law student Jonathan Stein '13 has been named student regent for the UC Board of Regents for the 2012-13 school year. The 26-member Board of Regents is the governing body for the UC system. Stein will serve as the student regent-designate and participate in board deliberations during the upcoming school year, and will gain full voting privileges when his one-year term officially begins in July 2012. Chosen from a large pool of applicants from across UC Berkeley's 10 campuses, Stein is working toward a master's degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy as well as his J.D. from Berkeley Law. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard.
Student Team Wins Trial Competition Regional
A razor-sharp Berkeley Law team recently won the San Francisco regional round of the American Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition. Winners Veliz Perez '13, Collin Tierney '14, Ciara Mittan '13, and Kristen Corpion '13 will advance to the national finals in Miami in January. Berkeley Law Director of Professional Skills David Oppenheimer said the team, coached by Carolyn Zabrycki '08 and Stephanie Clark '11, "showed levels of poise, polish, and cooperation that are rare among all but seasoned trial attorneys. The judges called our team's performance in the final round 'amazing' and 'outstanding.'"
|Ask the Archivist
Every Table Tells a Story
Q. The new library is awesome! Totally awesome! I particularly like the study tables in the reading rooms. Someone said they were really old. Where did they come from?
- LL, Oakland
A. The tables are old - one hundred years old to be exact. They were custom designed for Boalt Hall in 1911.
December 2, California Bar Admissions Ceremony
Join our most recent graduates as they get sworn-in to the California Bar.
December 15, Professor Buxbaum in the Big Apple
Join New York area alumni for a gathering with Professor Richard Buxbaum, who will reflect on 50 years of teaching. For more information, email Maureen at [email protected].
LOOKING FOR MENTORS!
(1) First Generation Professionals. First Generation Professionals (FGP) and the Career Development Office are launching a new mentoring program and we need your help. FGP is a new student organization at Berkeley Law stressing a common experience based on economic status. This group cuts across race and gender and is born from the common needs of law students from working-class backgrounds who are often the first members of their family to obtain higher education. We are looking to recruit alums who identify as first-generation professionals and who are working in all different sectors of the market. We are planning on launching this program in the spring. If you are interested and would like more
information, please contact Eric Stern in the Career Development Office at [email protected].
(2) Public Interest and Government Employees. Each fall, the Career Development Office offers a Public Interest/Pubic Sector Mentor Program to public service-minded first-year students to help them navigate law school and explore public interest and government careers. Mentors have played key roles in launching the careers of hundreds of our public interest/public sector students over the years, giving them advice regarding summer internships, networking tips and contacts, and sharing wisdom and experience that students can't learn in a classroom.
If you want more information or would like to participate in our Public Interest/Public Sector Mentor Program, please email Alexander Lee in the CDO at [email protected], or call him directly at (510) 643-4779. Thank you!
(3) Berkeley Law Mentor Directory. No matter what your practice area, be a mentor to help students and recent alums navigate the complicated world of working as a lawyer in a law firm, non-profit or government agency - join the Berkeley Law Mentor Directory on LinkedIn. This group allows alums and students to see each other's profiles and connect for informational discussions, spot-mentoring and relationship building.
November 30th, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Introduction to Family Law Training, by BASF Family Law Project. The Family Law Project assists individuals, families with children or families with domestic violence in matters including marital dissolutions, child custody, child support, restraining orders, guardianships, conservatorships, wills, powers of attorney and probate litigation. For more information on how to view the required pre-training webcast and to attend the live training, please email VLSP. Pre-registration is required to attend. 301 Battery Street, San Francisco.
December 7th, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., How to Maximize Your Client's Chances for Settlement - live webcast, by Mediation Committee of the ADR Section of BASF.
How To Succeed As A Freelance Attorney: Here is a link to the video recording of the presentation by Marina Modlin for Boalt alums on September 1, 2011.
RECENT B-LINE JOB BOARD POSTINGS FOR ALUMS:
Environmental Litigation Associate (plaintiff-side), Lippe Gaffney Wagner LLP, San Francisco & Sacramento, CA. See b-Line job ID #10806
Volunteer Federal Law Clerk, U.S. District Court Northern District California, San Francisco, CA. See b-Line job ID #10805
Litigation Counsel, Visa Inc., Foster City, CA.See b-Line job ID #10791
b-Line may be accessed from the CDO website. Email [email protected] for a password. And if your organization is hiring, please let us know - we would love to help locate a great Boalt alum for you.
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.
Online Alumni Networks
All law school graduates are invited to join AlumNetwork. Just email [email protected] 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.
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 [email protected]. We'll publish your news on the web and/or the alumni magazine, Transcript. You can also browse current class notes here.
- Boris Kogan '09 and Christina Chandler '10
Boris Kogan '09 and Christina Chandler '10 are happy to announce their marriage on October 29, 2011 in San Francisco, California. They currently reside in Los Altos, California and both work in law firms located in Palo Alto, California.
- Kimberly Posin '02
Kimberly Posin '02 was elected to partnership at the Los Angeles office of Latham and Watkins, effective January 1, 2012. Kimberly is an insolvency attorney who specializes in representing private and public corporate debtors and secured lenders in all aspects of chapter 11 proceedings, including transactional bankruptcy matters and bankruptcy-related litigation. Her clients include major banking, financial, technology, transportation and power companies.
- Tony Quintero '71
Tony Quintero '71 was awarded the Leadership Award for Professional Achievement by Latino Leaders Magazine, July 27, 2011 in San Francisco, for his contributions including the Vice-Chairman of the New America Alliance, Inc., Chair of the Board Diversity Committee, Co-Chair of the Hispanic Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee, and Chairman of the National Financial Services Consortium, LLC."
Paul Marchegiani '03
Paul Marchegiani '03 was recently promoted to Senior Counsel, Legal Affairs at NBCUniversal in Los Angeles, where he drafts and negotiates television contracts for the NBC broadcast network and affiliated studios. He is also teaching a Fall 2011 class entitled "Entertainment Law: TV & Film" at Berkeley Law.
Michael Antin '63
Michael Antin '63 announced that his new play Sophia was presented in a special staged reading performance on October 30 in Hollywood. Q & A with writer and composer Antin followed the reading. This work follows three books, numerous articles, and the book, lyrics and music for several musical comedies, including Butterfly, which was picked up by the production manager at Carnegie Hall.
- Daniel Shanfield '96
The Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose has presented Daniel Shanfield '96 with its 2011 Tequio Prize for his pro bono service to the Bay Area's Mexican immigrant community. Through the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Daniel has developed and coordinated the Consulate General's pro bono immigration law clinic, which has provided legal assistance to upwards of 1200 individuals and their families. Daniel is the founder and managing attorney of Daniel Shanfield, Esq. Immigration Defense, located in San Jose, California.
- Olga V. Mack (Kotlyarevskaya) '06 and Kevin J. Mack '07
Olga V. Mack (Kotlyarevskaya) '06 and Kevin J. Mack '07 are proud to announce the birth of their second baby girl, Natalie Eliese Mack. Natalie was born on May 22, 2011. Their first two-year-old daughter, Katie Marie Mack, is a proud older sister.
- Alexandra (Manchik) Barnhill '05
Alexandra (Manchik) Barnhill '05, a municipal and land use attorney, is on the move. Alexandra practiced law for six years in Santa Barbara with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (formerly Hatch & Parent), representing local developers, cities and special districts. Recently, she accepted an offer to join Burke Williams & Sorensen in their Oakland office. The Burke firm is one of the founding members of the public law practice in California. Alexandra's new position will allow her to focus on representation of municipal clients and live closer to her identical twin sister, Estie (Manchik) Kus (2005). In her new position, Alexandra acts as the Assistant City Attorney for four Bay Area cities and also advises special districts.