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September 2012 
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All-Alumni Weekend is finally here! It's our Centennial year, and there's a lot to celebrate. We're excited that so many of you have made plans to be here. Check out the lineup of activities:

The Obama Report Card:
A Berkeley Law Political Roundtable

We will kick off the Weekend Friday evening with a timely and lively discussion from varied viewpoints on President Obama's four years in office. Dean Edley will moderate a panel of political veterans: Robert Reich, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, former California Gov. Pete Wilson and Dan Schnur, communications director Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential race. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception at the beautiful Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Current TV logovisit with friends and colleagues, and participate in the conversation with your questions. Tickets are still available. Purchase tickets through City Box Office here.

Roundtable panelists

Back-to-Boalt Day
Our Centennial reunion kicks into high gear on Saturday with Back-to-Boalt Day, a day-long series of panel presentations by groups in special anniversary years of their founding - from the five-year-old Mindfulness program to the 100-year-old California Law Review. Come for continental breakfast, participate in the panel presentations, and take of tour of the old and new Boalt facilities. View the day's program here. There is still room to sign up for the panels, tours and pre-dinners reception. Please email [email protected] for further information.


Reunion '12 Class Dinners
Registered alumni will gather for a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception in Boalt's beautiful library reading room and rooftop garden. Members of graduation class years ending in 2 or 7 will celebrate and reminisce over dinners served by Grace Street Catering in newly renovated rooms at Boalt. Class dinners are at capacity. Please email [email protected] to inquire about stand-by seating.

Through the Decades 
Boalt in the 1950s


In 1954 with its decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the United States Supreme Court ruled on racial discrimination in public schools, but four years before that (and twenty-four years before Bakke), Boalt Hall was caught up in a controversy concerning the role of racism in the admission of minority law students. The decision in Brown was written by Boalt alumnus Earl Warren, '14, who affirmed the rights of black school children in Topeka, Kansas. How did we fare in 1950 with an issue that hit quite a bit closer to home?


Gilbert Foundation Colloquy

Behind the Robe


On Oct. 16, Boalt professor and former dean Jesse Choper will moderate "Behind the Robe," a compelling conversation with Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Dorit Beinisch, former president of the Supreme Court of Israel and the first woman to hold that position. 


Free and open to the public, the event is presented by the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. The program is scheduled for 5:45 pm inside Booth Auditorium, with a preceding reception starting at 5. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to [email protected]. 

Kozinski and Beinisch  

Ask the Archivist 
First Asian Woman 


Q: Who was the first Asian woman to graduate from Boalt Hall?


--M.B., Oakland 


A. Your question is difficult to answer, because the law school has not kept records by gender or by race. In 1903 Motoyuki Negoro, from Japan, was one of three men to receive the first LL.B. law degrees granted by Berkeley (and in 1908 he returned to receive a J.D.), but it appears Asian women--with one tantalizing exception--did not enroll in Boalt Hall until rather late in our history.


In Memoriam
Matthew K. Africa


It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the death of Matthew K. Africa '00. From his days as a law student and editor of the California Law Review, to his service as co-chair of his Reunion Class Campaign Committee, to his attendance at, and financial support of, many Boalt events, Matthew garnered a reputation as a mentor, guide, and gentle hand. He was beloved by his classmates and by the legal and music communities, and will be missed by many.

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