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August, 2012 

Greetings, Boalties! Our Centennial year is culminating with events that you do not want to miss. First up is our annual All-Alumni Weekend on September 21-22 -- just weeks away. Then November brings our Centennial Gala celebration, a spectacular party unlike any you've ever seen at the law school. Details are below. We hope to see you there! 

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All-Alumni Weekend


Check out the lineup for our 100th anniversary reunion weekend:

September 21: The Obama Report Card: A Berkeley Law Political Roundtable featuring experts in lively discussion of Obama's first term. The evening begins at 6:30pm at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco with a wine reception. The event follows at 7:30pm with Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., moderating a panel of knowledgeable and exciting speakers: Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, Current TV host and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, political strategist Dan Schnur, and former California Governor Current TV logo Pete Wilson '62. General admission is $50. Special discounted tickets at $35 each are available to Boalt Hall students, faculty and staff. Purchase tickets through City Box Office here.



Roundtable panelists

September 22, daytime: Back-to-Boalt Day's theme is celebrating significant anniversaries of many Boalt groups and looking forward to the future of legal education. It includes panel presentations, a luncheon at which the Jensen Award for Public Service will be awarded to Sandy Svetcov '64 by Professor Dick Buxbaum '53, the Golden Circle brunch with Professor Bob Cole and more. Registration is open now.

September 22, evening: Reception and Class Reunion Dinners where classmates in each of the graduation years ending in 2 or 7 will celebrate reunion milestones with good company, good memories, good food -- all here in the beautifully renovated Boalt Hall.


The Centennial Gala:
Once-in-a-Century Celebration 


Centennial Gala image Save the date for a splendid black-tie bash in celebration of Boalt's first century. The Centennial Gala on November 9th begins with a champagne reception to dedicate the new donor wall recognizing those who contributed to the Campaign for Boalt and the Centennial Committee at these levels: Builders of Boalt ($1,000,000 and above), Benefactors Circle ($500,000-$999,999), Patrons Circle ($250,000-$499,999), and Partners Circle ($100,000-$249,999). For more information on inclusion on the donor wall, contact Luisa at 510.642.0158 or lsiravo@law.berkeley.edu.


The celebration ends in the Pauley Ballroom with dinner, live music and a dazzling light show. Tables and individual tickets are available. For more information about attending the gala, click here or contact Paola Kim at 510.643.6549 or pkim@law.berkeley.edu.

Through the Decades 
Boalt in the 1940s


The US exploded into World War II on December 7, 1941, but the drums of war had been echoing in the halls of Boalt for many months. As early as November of the previous year a student returned his alumni scholarship, explaining that he had just been called up for active duty in the Army. As an institution composed overwhelmingly of young men, the law school was hit particularly hard by the declaration of war. Six months after Pearl Harbor enrollment had already dropped by fifty percent, and by the spring of 1944 the student body had dwindled to only thirty-seven law students.    


Alumni News

Ricky Gill '12 Speaks at the Republican National Convention


Boalt alum Ricky Gill '12 spoke at the Republican National Convention this week as a candidate in California's 9th Congressional district in the San Joaquin Valley. Gill's brief remarks, delivered during an afternoon session, highlighted his immigrant parents and called for "a new generation of leadership to chart the path -- to fight for policies that create jobs, rather than red tape -- and to help small businesses succeed, rather than helping green energy companies fail."


Gill, 25, is considered a fundraising phenomenon and was recently named to the National Republican Congressional Committee's elite Young Guns program.


A political newcomer, Gill raised nearly $1.4 million by June 1, 2012, which put him in the top 2 percent of challengers running for Congress, according to news reports. He is campaigning against the district incumbent, 60-year-old Democrat Jerry McNerney, who is serving his third congressional term.


Gill is getting help from former classmate Colin Hunter '12, his campaign communications director. He credits several law faculty members for sharpening his knowledge of policy and politics, including Stephen Sugarman for torts, Patrick Hanlon for medical malpractice reform, and Bertrall Ross for legislation.


Watch Gill's remarks here.

Ricky Gill 

Ask the Archivist 
Thanks to Boalt 


Q: While cleaning out a storage space in the law school we ran across a heavy metal plaque dedicated to Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt. What can you tell us about it?


--L.F., Berkeley 


A. This is a true History Detective moment! You have unearthed a long-lost and singularly poignant artifact of the Boalt Hall story. The plaque was created as a memorial to Mrs. Boalt immediately after her death in 1917, and once hung in the reading room of the old Boalt Hall. It is particularly significant because it was given not by the law school or by wealthy alums, but by the law students themselves, who dug into their own pockets and -- as the inscription reveals -- poured out their hearts.


Building Boalt's Future 
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