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January, 2012 
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As We Enter Our Second Century...

Welcome to Boalt's Centennial Year! This is a great time for us to reflect with pride on Boalt's tradition of excellence, and look forward to the second century. Please join me in a Centennial affirmation of support for Boalt's next 100 years of excellence, and commitment to access, through a meaningful and sustained annual gift to the law school. 

-- Evan Cox '87
Chair, Boalt Hall Fund
 Boalt Hall Alumni Association 


centennialHighlights of Giving 


We are pleased to highlight major gifts received during our Centennial Year. As the year continues, we will highlight leadership giving in this space-please check in monthly!

  • The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment received $1 million to establish the Water Policy Institute. This leadership gift provides a firm foundation for scholarship and advocacy in this increasingly important area of law.
  • Alumna Elizabeth Cabraser '78 committed a $250,000 pledge payment to fund the Elizabeth Cabraser Endowed Scholarship. Her generous gift is being matched by the Chancellor's Matching Challenge, thereby providing $500,000 for critical student support.
  • Pres Hotchkis '56 stepped forward with a $300,000 pledge to reach the $1 million goal for funding the I. Michael Heyman Chair, making it eligible for a matching grant from the Hewlett Foundation. The resulting $2 million will provide a fitting legacy for Heyman's enormous contributions to the university and the law school.

Making a meaningful gift, large or small, in honor of a reunion, funding student scholarships, supporting faculty or programs, or in recognition of the Centennial is only a click away. Click here to make an online gift or send your gift to:


Alumni Center
UC Berkeley School of Law
2850 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 500
Berkeley, California 94705

Centennial Reunions 


Celebrating the Past, Preparing for the Future


With pleasure, we announce Steve Arent '67 as National Co-Chair for 2012 Reunions.   


Plan to join us on September 28 to Reunite, Reconnect and Recognize Boalt programs celebrating major anniversaries, and if your class year ends in 2 or 7, join your classmates for dinner.


If your class year ends in 2 or 7, please contact Joe Swimmer at 510.642.7574 or [email protected] to join your Reunion Gift Class Committee and help raise funds in honor of your class.


Share Your Boalt Memories 
With Us

As part of the year-long celebration, we will publish a keepsake Centennial magazine highlighting the many notable people and events from Boalt's first century. Share your stories about your time at your law school. If you have an interesting anecdote, story or other memory from your time at Boalt, email it to Michael Bazeley at [email protected]. We'll feature as many as we can in the booklet and post the rest online. Pictures are welcome, too!


Save the Date for Special Centennial Activities


Our Centennial year is officially underway. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, mark your calendars now for these exciting festivities.


Political Roundtable, September 28   

Alumni Reunion Day, September 29 

Centennial Gala,  November 9 


archivistAlumni News

Holly Fujie '78 Joins the California Superior Court


California Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Holly Fujie '78 to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. An equity partner at Buchalter Nemer since 1991 and an expert in insurance and surety industry litigation, Fujie served as president of the State Bar of California from 2008-2009 and president of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association from 2010-2011. Fujie, named a Southern California Super Lawyer every year from 2004-2011, has received numerous service awards from area bar associations. She often writes articles and gives presentations on issues of litigation, insurance coverage, and diversity in the legal profession.


Steven Gonzalez '91 Appointed to Washington State Supreme Court


Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Steven Gonzalez '91 to serve on the state's Supreme Court. Only the second Hispanic judge ever named to the state's high court, Judge Gonzalez has served on the King County Superior Court since 2002. He also worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington and as a domestic violence prosecutor for the City of Seattle. Gonzalez currently chairs Washington's Access to Justice Board and is co-chair of its Race and Criminal Justice System Task Force.


Alumni Profile: Gardner Jolley '69


Like many Boalt Hall alumni, Gardner Jolley '69 has transformed his interests in both business and law into a successful and thriving practice. After serving as a clerk for Justice David Zenoff of the Nevada Supreme Court, Jolley partnered with childhood friends William Urga and Bruce Woodbury to start the Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish law firm. Today, this proud, independent firm employs 20 lawyers and practices in the areas of bankruptcy, gaming, probate, real estate, construction, and finance. A former president of the Nevada State Bar, Jolley has enjoyed the process of building his firm to its current standing and looks forward to continuing his life's work. Read more here.



Read more updates about fellow alums here.


FacultyFaculty In the News

Budget Cuts Impact Death Penalty Prosecutions


Like most institutions faced with budget cuts, local governments feel pressure to use efficiently their resources needed to conduct business. Prosecuting capital cases, for example, has been notably affected due to the time and money required. Riverside County's District Attorney, Paul Zellerbach, stipulates to prosecutors that cases in which the death penalty is sought must be completed within three years.


Boalt Hall law professor and Death Penalty Clinic Director Elisabeth Semel notes: "It would be stunning if prosecutors were not impacted by these developments. The financial issues just have to weigh significantly in some cases because prosecutors, defense lawyers, and everyone involved in government in California has had to make extraordinarily difficult choices about how to spend the resources they have, and they are well aware of what capital cases cost."


Read more about this issue here.

Read about more faculty and scholars In the News here.
archivistAsk the Archivist 
Professorial Hi-jinx 


Q. Boalt students love to pull pranks on fellow students. Has a professor ever pulled a good one?

- GC, Berkeley


A. Boalt profs are just as mischievous as their brilliant law students! One prank involved courtly, sometimes irascible, yet always brilliant Stefan Albrecht Riesenfeld. He proved the adage, "You can't outfox a fox."

 Read more...  

In Memoriam


Boalt Hall proudly remembers our graduates who recently passed away. 


Merrill K. Albert, '55, distinguished U.C. Berkeley undergraduate and law school alumnus, World War II veteran, and writer who rose from an orphanage to become one of Los Angeles' most sought-after trial attorneys, has died of heart disease at age 88. Read more.



Keven J. Davis '82, who earned his law degree from Boalt Hall, where he was on the law review, and became a highly respected corporate lawyer, has died at age 54 after a battle with a brain tumor. He represented clients as diverse as musicians Wynton Marsalis and Ludacris, the N.B.A. players union's executive director, and tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. Read more.

Dennis E. Kinnard, '64, one of California's leading trial lawyers, died at home in Los Angeles from complications of esophageal cancer. He was 75. He grew up in San Diego, California. After serving in the Army in the Korean War, he graduated from San Diego State University in 1961, and received a J.D. from University of California, Boalt Hall, Order of the Coif. Read more.

Building Boalt's Future 
Your financial support secures a second century of excellence. Please make a gift today.
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eventsUpcoming Events

February 1, Class of 2012 Gift Campaign Kickoff Party  


February 27, I. Michael Heyman Memorial and Reception


February 29, Boalt Centennial Reception for Portland Alumni


March 21, BHAA Board of Directors Meeting, Boalt Hall Scholarship Luncheon and McBaine Moot Court Competition


April 17, Spotlight on Leadership Celebration


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.

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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.

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